Michael Silver is Audio High's resident audiophile and home theater expert.
I began playing the piano at the age of four and have been deeply involved with music ever since. I have sung and played a number of instruments professionally, wrote and directed music for three years for Shakespeare Santa Cruz, performed in the west coast premiere of Nixon in China under the direction of composer John Adams, and won several piano scholarships at UC Santa Cruz, where I studied music.
I have worked as a composer, arranger, musician, musical director, and teacher. I have also been a disc jockey for a large classical music station (KBOQ).
Before founding Audio High, I was involved with a number of technology companies in the Bay Area. For seven years, I was a development manager at Apple Computer, overseeing three groups concurrently. During my tenure at Apple, I wrote and published a programming book; wrote the telecommunications code that sent the first e-mail from space and supported the astronauts during that mission; and re-architected America Online to support other languages, cultures, and writing systems. In addition, I co-designed the telecommunications language used by AOL, Apple, CompuServe, GE, and others; and I designed the Unicode compression algorithm used by Apple and AOL. I also designed the user interfaces for several Apple products, wrote a suite of online content publishing tools, and was the technical editor for numerous publications. I am currently the Editor-in-Chief of On Sound and Music, an online journal for professionals in the music industry and music enthusiasts.
For my work with NASA on several projects, I was made an honorary Air Force Captain.
I am an EMT and the Executive Director of a Bay Area non-profit organization that teaches emergency medicine. I also teach classes for the American Red Cross, have been a guest lecturer for the EMT program at Foothill College, and have worked as a volunteer in the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) system. I have been a volunteer crew member at the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. My past volunteer work includes the Santa Cruz SPCA and molecular biology research at Stanford University. I am also a Divemaster who specializes in both dive-related medicine (as a certified DMT) and underwater photography.
Professionally, I am a C-10 licensed electrician, an ISF calibrator, and hold numerous other licenses and belong to many industry organizations, such as CEDIA, the National Television Academy, and the United States Chamber of Commerce.
- Alfred Brendel's complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas
- John Hicks - Sunshower
- Bill Evans - the two Vanguard recordings