Somewhere a kid had a realization. Music was all he heard. Soon his fingers began to play these things called "instruments" and beautiful sounds occurred. As this kid grew, he developed an insatiable desire to learn anything and everything about music. Soon, this kid was an adult, and he was playing any instrument he could find; learning about any theoretical or mathematical element of music; learning about every culture that played music; exploring the metaphysical elements of music; cracking open every text, academic or otherwise about music; and finally, this adult, this man open to anything, was writing music as an auto-didactic composer. He eventually began studying music in different areas (from ethnomusicology, his major at UCLA, as well as numerous others). One teacher he studied with was a classical/jazz/avant-garde musician/composer named James Newton at UCLA, as well as ethnomusicologist Wanda Bryant of Avatar fame and well respected in the ethnomusicology community. These subjects continues to affect this guy to this day, taking everything a man named Derek Kortepeter taught himself based on influences from rock, minimalism, classical styles, electronic/ambient forces, and so much more, and expanding upon it. Derek knows that this creative force is like climbing to the summit of a tall mountain, it increases in elevation and shortens your breath, but you learn more about yourself and the world as you climb. This climb is far from over.