As product category lines of audio, video, gaming, computing, and such have blurred over the years, Mark has dubbed them "entertainment technologies" and -- accordingly -- over the years he has worked with many of the top names in the industry. Mark cut his PR teeth in New York City doing PR for Sony and Sharp in the 80s before moving to San Francisco, driving a new wave of passion for video games in the 90s with Sega, Acclaim Entertainment, 3DO, US Gold and many others. Mark spent much of the first decade of this 21st century spreading the gospel for surround sound home theater technologies for DTS (which is how we here at Big Picture Big Sound first came to know Mark).
Mark's knowledge of music and technology has also enabled him to steadily build a reputation as a music reviewer / feature writer for numerous publications. In the 1990s, Mark wrote for EQ Magazine, Mix Magazine and DISCoveries Magazine (later acquired by Goldmine Magazine). In the 00s, Mark has expanded his scope as a blogger for the likes of Audiophilereview.com, Sound+Vision Magazine, HomeTechTell.com and now here at Big Picture Big Sound.
Mark's musical portrait would not be complete without a performance element and this is where he has surprised many of his friends by emerging as a musician / composer. In addition to leading bands performing his original tunes, Mark's songs have been used in TV shows such as Smallville and Men In Trees as well as films and documentaries. Mark is currently rolling out a new musical he's written.
Mark's Current Reference System:
Mark chose his gear carefully to obtain great sound quality approaching audiophile grade standards, yet keeping within reach of his budget and those of his friends. A true believer that audio gear doesn't have to cost big bucks to sound great, Mark has converted many iPod-era friends to upgrade their systems even just a little bit to make big leaps in fidelity. Many of Mark's friends are now in the process of upgrading their gritty lo res MP3 files to (at least) CD quality, buying turntables and new vinyl and some even diving into the world of 5.1 surround due to Mark's demos.