George Blood graduated from the University of Chicago (1983) with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory. He studied theory with Easley Blackwood (a private student of Nadia Boulanger), repertoire with Philip Gossett (Editor, critical editions of Verdi and Rossini for Casa Ricordi), Ellen Turner Harris (now retired Vice Provost at MIT), and analysis with Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran (Pulitzer Prize winning composers), among others. He is the only student of Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin.
Mr. Blood and his wife, Martha, have four daughters, one son and three granddaughters and one grandson. An unapologetic preservationist, Mr. Blood lives with his family in Philadelphia where he is renovating a 1768 house.
With over 35 years in the audio field, Jon has seen the music industry from all angles. His resume boasts a career as a studio owner for 18 years, over 30 platinum and gold sales awards and multiple Grammy nominations and awards.
Dash Williams graduated from Temple University with a B.S. in Physics in 2016. Outside of maintaining and updating the IT infrastructure at George Blood Audio L.P., he sings in a band called Past Life and is constantly trying to further himself as a musician. He also enjoys long walks through the Wissahickon and a good donut from Dottie's.
James was born and raised in Florida. After several years he decided to leave Florida for the more temperate climes of Pennsylvania. James received his BS in business administration from Saint Petersburg College, and has spent many years working in the plastics industry. He has designed, built and run plastic shops, and Manufactured everything from compact discs and DVDs to cardiac catheters. He has also done professional stunt work for Universal and MGM, and has taught classes and performed stage combat for public and private foundations, universities and school systems.
Eddie is involved in check-in/out, physical assessment of media objects that pass through our operation. He also prepares 8mm/16mm/35mm for telecine and conducts mold remediation of objects in need.
He joined up with George Blood and company in 2015. The sights and sounds that are preserved here are everything to him.
David has been transferring film at George Blood LP since June of 2015. Employed as a Freelance Colorist/ Telecine Engineer since 2001, his career has included Director, Line Producer, Post Production Supervisor and Music Direction for commercials, documentaries, industrial films and infomercials. Artist, Musician, Luthier, Massage Therapist and Total Immersion are a few of his other interests.
Jared Gibson graduated with a B.A. in Media Studies and Production from Temple University. He has worked with George Blood Audio since May of 2015, digitizing collections for such clients as the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress. In his free time, he collaborates as a member of the musical project Summer Scouts.
Jeff Franklin has been an Audio Transfer Engineer at George Blood Audio L.P. since 2017. Jeff relocated from Boston, MA to Philadelphia, PA in 2013 after studying Audio Production at Boston University. At an early age Jeff submerged himself into the world of digital audio by teaching himself how to capture the audio from his cassette and LP record collections using the family computer. Jeff has 15 years of freelance audio engineering experience ranging from live event sound, audio restoration, studio recordings, mixing for bands and film post production. In his down time, he actively plays bass in a local Philadelphia band and enjoys assisting local musicians with recordings and production.
Scholastically, Alex has, in his words “ managed to stumble up the academic ladder” to an Associate’s degree. Professionally, Alex has managed retail and shipping locations; with brief intermittent interludes as an EMT, painter, and volunteer voice actor. Personally, Alex is interested in everything and nothing else, though with added interest in reading, yoga and archery.
Jeff Chestek is in charge of keeping all the obsolete audio players running and up to spec. His 35+ year history in the audio industry includes using many of these obsolete formats to actually make records, including Gold, Platinum, and Grammy-winning records for artists including Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Kelly Clarkson, Kevin Bacon, and many others.
Michael "Mick" Mullin has been with GBAVFD since 2009. He specializes in analog tape formats and has worked on projects from the New York Public Library, the National Park Service and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
Joseph has more than 40 years of training and experience in Broadcast and consumer Video Tape equipment. In the past, he's worked for large international electronics companies like Sony and Panasonic, as well as U.S. broadcasting network companies like CBS 3, WPSG 57 and Univision 41.
Violet's childhood fascination with TV test patterns led to a career at Maryland Public Television, where she won two Emmys as a producer and editor. She is also a novelist and film critic whose work has been published by Turner Classic Movies, RogerEbert.com, Men's Health, the Baltimore City Paper, Film Threat, Allmovie.com, and many others. Her passion for media preservation led her to George Blood, LP, where she is a Project Manager. Her favorite test pattern is the BBC Colour 1957 "angel wings" pattern.
As Inventory Control Manager, Chuck is responsible for where things are. Whether it be client material, in-house equipment, or Christmas decorations, he is the person to see.
Joining George Blood Audio L.P. in 2018, Chuck brings more than three decades of inventory experience, and a firm belief to Trust The Process.
Archie graduated from Temple University in 2017 with a degree in Media Studies and Production. He has been working for George Blood since December 2017. A trombonist for 13 years, he still enjoys playing in a community jazz group and loves trying out new restaurants in the city.
Dominic is a graduate from Temple University with a Bachelor’s in Media Studies and Production. Studio recording and production have always been a passion of his. From recording his own music to collecting vinyl records, CDs, and tapes, it will be a lifelong dedication of Dominic’s.
Since he joined George Blood Audio, Steve has worked with the digitization of many renowned clients such as New York Public Library, National Public Radio and Philadelphia Orchestra. Outside of work, he expresses his passion in the gaming industry, composes music and creates sound effects.
Dylan Deimler graduated Valedictorian from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science in Audio Production. He has worked previously as an intern for WRTI 90.1 FM and as a live sound engineer for The Philadelphia Folksong Society. In his spare time, he enjoys doing field recordings and working on sound design.
Edward Catalanotti obtained his bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Production from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Six months after graduating he decided to go for his Master Degree from the University of Phoenix while working full time. In his spare time he provides free lance IT services.
Alexis Primavera graduated from Ursinus College with a bachelor’s degree in Media & Communications and a minor in Film. Alexis also has several years of experience working in video production.
Brocken is a Temple graduate with a degree in Computer Science and Technology, and and has been working for George Blood since February 2018. In his free time, he enjoys going to concerts to see friends perform, and going to the aquarium.
Casey received his degree in Media Studies and Production from Temple University with a minor in Computer Science. He is also a community DJ at WPRB in Princeton, NJ where he records local bands and helps to preserve the station's collection of 1/4" tape reels.
Arnab Nandi is a graduate of the Temple University's MSP program. In his spare time he DJs and produces bass music, and has become very involved with Philadelphia's music scene. Arnab is glad to work along side similar minded people with interests in audio.
Julia is from Philadelphia, PA. Since joining George Blood, she has worked as a Quality Control Technician and now works as a Video Editor. She graduated from Arcadia University with a BA in Video Communication. Julia enjoys video editing outside of work as well for her own projects.
Robert is a Video Transfer Engineer at George Blood Audio L.P., digitizing collections clients such as the New York Public Library. He earned a B.A. in Video communications from Rowan University and has several years of experience working in video production. Robert is extremely passionate about the preservation of all things video and film.
Carol was born and raised in Philadelphia. Her favorite food is chocolate anything. One, (there's so many to choose from) of her favorite movie quotes is "You're killing me Smalls!"
Ken hails from Philadelphia and has more than 25 years of experience in the world of computers. He has held more certifications in more hardware and software packages than anyone we know. He handles the IT infrastructure for us and keeps our computers, both old and new, running. He also uses his knowledge and experience to extract data for our data clients. Nothing warms his heart quite like the sound of a SyQuest platter spinning in it's cartridge after all these years.
Brendan graduated with a degree in Audio Engineer/Music Recording Technology in 2016. In addition to transferring audio archives at George Blood, he provides private computer music tutorials to multiple clients. Brendan has several years experience working in the Pro Audio department at Guitar Center. When not working, Brendan enjoys creating music in his home studio and spending time with his wife and son
Since Graduating from University of the Arts In 2015, Garion has been making 2D, & 3D assets and animations for freelance short films. Since joining George Blood's Quality Control team, Garion has been happily hunting for issues in audio, video, and sifting thru metadata. They are ever committed to ensuring the world never runs out of things to listen to and watch.
Bai Konte is an Alumni of The Art Institute of Philadelphia with a Bachelors of Science in Audio Production. He has a background in Live Sound, Post Production, Podcasting and many more audio-related fields.
Ben is a graduate of Temple University, where he earned a B.A. in Advertising with an Art Direction concentration and a Minor in Business Studies. He works as a Quality Control Technician at GBA. Outside of work, Ben is a freelance graphic designer who creates album art, concert posters, logos, branding and light web design.
Jordan is a graduate of Temple University’s School of Media and Communications, holding a B.A. in Media Studies and Production with a focus on Audio Engineering/Record Producing. After graduation, he obtained an internship as a Production Assistant for WXPN 88.5, helping them with their nationally syndicated show “World Cafe”, produced at “The World Cafe Live” in Center City Philadelphia, PA. He is currently a Record Digitization Technician here at George Blood, LP Audio/Video/Film/Data.
Eduardo is currently studying to become an engineer. Ever since elementary school, he has had a passion for music and singing. He is always willing to try and learn new things.
Sean Gaston's love of older recording technology led him to get a master's degree in library science, focused in archives, at Emporia State University. A lifelong record collector, he became interested in preserving older recordings and has worked independently in the area of sound restoration for twenty years. He has also worked as an audio archivist at Portland's KBOO-FM before he found his way over here. Outside of work, he also plays music and enjoys exploring his new home of Philadelphia.
Josh graduated from Temple University as a Finance major. In the past he worked at the Bank of New York Mellon for 8 years, while also working retail during that time. Outside of work he has many talents in the arts, including but not limited to dance, creating music and videos and acting.
Renel graduated from Swenson Arts & Tech. school with a major in IT. Since then he has worked at various warehouse jobs and in 2019 joined the George Blood team in the Internet Archives department. Outside of work he enjoys music, working out and spending time with family.