Gregory J. Gordon founded Pyramind in 1994 as a project studio, which by 1996, became San Francisco’s first fully integrated MIDI and digital audio production facility.
From his time working as a beta tester and product specialist under the guidance of Joe West, digital audio pioneer and founder of Computers and Music, combined with his experience recording and producing his own bands, Greg went on to record hundreds of Bay Area artists.
Greg’s early work with recording artists ranged from engineering multiple albums with Bay Area luminary Merl Saunders and his collaborations with The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia to working with electronic music pioneer Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation and to produce the DJ collective Native (signed to Priority Records) that helped launch the Bay Area Trip Hop sound.
In 1996, Greg expanded Pyramind’s operations to address the needs of San Francisco’s rapidly growing dot com industry, which led Pyramind to grow into commercial post production and interactive audio development.
Then, in 1998 Greg was invited to help develop the digital audio curriculum at SF State University’s multimedia studies program.
With so many job seekers and students asking to work at the studio, Greg created The SF Audio Net as a training and networking resource in the digital audio arts. He grew The SF Audio Net by drawing from his experience as a music industry entrepreneur, engineer, producer and studio operator and applying them to a structured educational process in digital music production.
In 2000, Greg partnered with Matt Donner, who brought with him his years as a New York City based engineer, producer, and acclaimed digital audio specialist. Initially Matt came on board to Engineer for Pyramind’s commercial studio clients, then became an instructor for, and ultimately co-architect of Pyramind’s training programs.
Matt was excited at the prospect of pushing deeper into education and Pyramind soon became a registered non-degree granting institution with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education under the DBA: Institute For Advanced Digital Audio Training.
In 2001 Pyramind became one of Digidesign’s (now Avid) first official training centers as a sponsored school, well ahead of the rest of the world. In addition, Pyramind began offering training in Logic Audio. This training was well in advance of the purchase of the software company by Apple, and well before any formal Logic Certification program.
By April of 2003, Pyramind had outgrown its original space of operations and began renovations at 880 Folsom St.
Around this time Pyramind brought on its first instructors David Earl AKA sflogicninja and Steve Heithecker.
In 2007, Pyramind expanded yet again by acquiring an additional facility right down the street at 832 Folsom, which had previously been home to Universal Music’s Northern California distribution headquarters. Greg was awarded the prestigious “entrepreneur of the year” award by The Renaissance Center For Entrepreneurship.
With the expansion brought more hires including Paul Lipson, then president of The Game Audio Network Guild, who was instrumental in developing and growing Pyramind’s game audio production work.
From 2008 – 2017, Greg and Matt pioneered the rapid growth of Pyramind as both a school in tandem with a real working studio facility that built a long list of award winning projects and clients including:
Microsoft Studios, Insomniac Games, Ubisoft, Disney Interactive, Sony, Sega, Blizzard and Zynga working on titles including: Halo Anniversary, Sunset Overdrive, World Of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Tron Run/r, Iron Man II and many more.
In 2009 Pyramind hosts the first ever Ableton Trainer Certification with Laura Escude, Timo Priece and Ulrich Fischer.
In 2015 Pyramind was named to the Inner City 100 list (ICIC) of fastest growing small businesses in recognition of Pyramind Inc’s rapid growth.
In 2019, a new partnership was developed with the Bay Area Video Coalition and Pyramind re-locates operations from Folsom Street to Mariposa Street which is now our training headquarters with re-modeled studio operations relocated back to our original home at 39 Gilbert Street.
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