Geoff Cole

Geoff Cole completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in Media Arts in 2015 and Certificate of Applied Science in Computer Aided Design in 2016 from the University of Montana. Primary research included functional design through 3D modeling and printing, with emphasis on sonic applications culminating in multiple 3D-printed loudspeaker enclosure prototypes. These speakers were presented in various installments of the reflective presentation titled, 200+ Celsius: The Trials and Tribulations of 3D-printing and the Realization of Anything at multiple events including the Media Arts Expo, UM Grad Con, and the Midwest Audiofest. While continually expanding knowledge of additive manufacturing and the Maker community, Geoff is also exploring computer science technologies through web development and responsive design.

Before attending UM, Geoff was the Program Director at New Media Broadcasters in Havre, MT overseeing "the sound" of on-air radio broadcasts on KOJM-AM, KPQX-FM, and KRYK-FM. While at NMB, Geoff also participated in the launch of the first HD-Radio multicast broadcasts in the state of Montana, programming KPQX-HD2 (2007), KRYK-HD2 (2008), KPQX-HD3 (2010) and KRYK-HD3 (2011). The Montana Broadcasters Association has also recognized Geoff for outstanding production work with EB Craney Awards in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Geoff moved to Havre, MT in 2005 after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts (BCA) at Central Michigan University. In addition to studies within BCA focusing on radio programming and audio design, Geoff's fine art focus was photography. Elective studies also included Automotive Technology, which served as the "vehicle" for his capstone project in the exhibition Automotive Abstractions: An Imaginative Landscape of Machinery. Geoff's senior work also involved research in the relationship between experience and education in radio, sitting on the panel The Value of Playing Radio at the 2005 Broadcast Education Association Convention.

When not at work or school Geoff enjoys the company of his wife Julie. Together they explore the mountain and pacific northwest and travel to National Parks and Forests. Geoff has also amassed an impressive collection of vinyl records and CDs. These recordings are played back through a custom built speaker system that has been evolving since the audio bug first bit Geoff in his early teens.

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