Currently Listening To: Weekly Podcast, 'The European Perspective' – a four hour progressive rock show, produced in the UK.
A curious five-year-old, Brian Dotson once stumbled upon a magnificent and awe-inspiring wonder: his father’s record collection.
And, fortunate enough to have an encouraging and music-loving dad, at that incredibly young age Brian was let in on the secret of how to work the family hi-fi, and then turned delightfully loose, left free to explore the library of albums and soak in all the songs and sounds.
In some ways, this experience was life-defining, as Brian would never stray too far from audio and would remain an avid music listener, ever after.
A few years later, at the youthful age of 10, Brian would encounter another life-shaping interest as he began dabbling in electronics, playing around with the basics. Combining a natural aptitude with genuine interest, within two years he was working with electronic circuits as a full-fledged hobby. (A little bit impressive for a 12-year-old, right?) Shortly after, a junior high science teacher, who helped foster his technological interests, planted the idea-seedling of engineering as a profession.
By 14, he’d already made a career choice, with his sights set on the title of Design Engineer.
After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, his first job involved audio of the non-rock-n-roll variety, working on a project for the U.S. Marine Corps. for military field communications.
He continued to work on a variety of contracts in the military-related audiovisual arena, before being placed on a project for NASA, working in the internal A/V group for the International Space Station for five years.
During this time, while working a second job repairing electronic musical gear, fate would orchestrate a meeting between Brian and Rick Kukulies, chief engineer of Kustom Amplification, through the repair shop’s owner. Brian immediately began a dialog with Rick that that would lead to his consulting on design work for Kustom Home Sound/NuVo products.
Brian eventually decided to leave contract government work, moving on to a small start-up in Huntsville, Alabama, Hear Technologies, where his initial audio-enthusiasm collided with his professional expertise through developing recording studio gear.
Also at this time, encouraged by his Hear Technologies’ co-founder, Brian began work with a MIDI studio on his own, playing around with it and recording his own guitar-played material. It was this endeavor especially that helped fine-tune and train his ear for sound, picking up the intricacies of both how it is produced and reproduced.
Since joining the NuVo Technologies family in 2003, Brian has been putting the assembled pieces of his experience, and his passion for both music and electronics, to good use.
His endless curiosity isn’t only applied to audio and electronics however, making Brian an intriguing lunch partner.