Dr. Blankenstein) audio career started
rather early in life, playing for various bands in the
East Village and local NYC clubs and bars as a teen.
While this was developing, so was his love for computer
/ circuit engineering, as well as video production /
graphic and web design. Being an early Commodore64 BASIC
programmer, BBS owner, and circuit kit builder (HeathKits)
certainly helped fuel these passions.
Later he would go to audio school for Audio Engineering
/ Jazz Composition. This was the gateway to a long
career in electronic music performance / production and
event promotion. He performed live around the country
playing and promoting for 3 major NYC production
As Dr. Blankenstein moved into his late 20's these
seemingly varied skills culminated into him starting
what would become a well-known NYC media design /
marketing company. It focused mainly on viral video
production, commercial music production, search engine
optimization, and technologically driven media projects.
Clients included Donald Trump, Sylvia Browne, George
Foreman, N.Y.U., as well as many other well respected
and progressive companies.
has since sold the marketing company to focus completely
on circuit creation / manipulation. From within his
Manhattan laboratory, he now owns and operates his
boutique audio synthesizer and instrument effects
company… Dr. Blankenstein. Just recently, he presented
"Man Machine Synth" to electronic music legends
Kraftwerk at the Museum of Modern Art. This was done
with the help of Volkswagen and was later
in the Rolling Stone. He
presented Trey Anastasio (Phish) with the pedal
version of his now
well-known Illumiringer effect, as well as
giving Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher) a
sonic crushing gift at MoogFest 2012 where he was
featured in the
Google / Moog Mini Circuit Bending Documentary: BENT.
With well-known clients as varied as Sean Lennon to
Mushroomhead, he has sold countless custom pieces
instrument modification kits to musicians and
collectors from around the world. Drew
has given lectures at, as well as participated in
the grand reopening of the
Queens Museum of Art. Blanke also serves as a guest
artist and technology educator at the
New York Hall of Science, the location of MAKE
World Maker Faire… in which he also participates.
Blanke is by all definitions a modern day mad scientist,
artist and inventor who amazes fans… and leaves them
wondering what he will do next. There is no doubt Dr.
Blankenstein has made a name for himself, and will
continue to break new ground in the world of circuitry
and device manipulation for a long time to come. Stay up
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