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I’m Doctor Synth, a technologist and songwriter. I’ve had a strong interest in computers since I was young, and have been writing songs since I was 12. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in International Relations and Computer Applications, I’ve pursued both interests with varying levels of abandon depending on how desperate I was for rent money.

I’ve played in over a dozen bands, mostly rock and blues cover bands. But more importantly I’ve performed original music with a number of diverse artists in Chicago and South Bend, Indiana. Mostly I play piano, organ, and synthesizer, but I’ve been known to whip out my guitar or thwack a bit on my bass. I can sing but did not discover the joy of karaoke late into adulthood. For good or bad, I’ve been told I have a memorable voice.

For a short time in the late 1990’s I was in charge of the American Bar Association’s intranet, but their internal customers demanded a complex and convoluted site. We were running IIS on a Windows NT4 server, and there were limitations over what we could create and large costs associated with hiring programmers to build all that they wanted. Personally, I prefer simple and elegant design because it’s very easy to lose people if you try to do too much on a single screen. lo-res has always been my little corner of the web, and I eschew the complex in favor of that which is functional and attractive, in that order. Louis Sullivan is my hero – “Form ever follows function.” Hence www.lo-res.com was borne from my desire to balance both my musical and technical skills, and as a way to rebel against widgets and flashing banners and ugly, distracting design that serves little purpose.

This site you’re viewing now is my 2018 refresh. I’ve been working with a team of web developers and decided I needed to improve my skills beyond the basic HTML/CSS design I’d been working with since 2009. If you or your business is interested in obtaining more information about me, please check out my LinkedIn profile.