Vince Pupillo Sr. | FOUNDER & PRESIDENT |
Vince Pupillo’s passion for music started at age 9, when he began playing the organ at church, as he did so for the next 22 years. In 1974, he purchased his first Minimoog synthesizer with tips he earned as a waiter.
“I remember my first mission was to learn to play Lucky Man”, says Vince, who played in several cover and original material bands throughout high school and college.
In 1979, after earning a bachelors degree in business, Mr. Pupillo married his highschool sweetheart, MaryEllen. Together, they raised 3 uniquely talented children who are an integral part of his story. Over the years, Vince took the family’s small produce company and became a national player in the supermarket fresh prepared food category.
After spending 15 years assembling a very targeted collection of rare electronic music related media & gear, Vince founded another legacy institution, EMEAPP. Pupillo is now carrying the torch of electronic music preservation. By his founding of EMEAPP, future generations will have the opportunity to appreciate the history and sounds of Electronic Music through multiple education platforms.
Says Pupillo, “Music was an important part of my life growing up. Music teaches discipline, builds confidence, and provides unparalleled satisfaction from mastering a challenging piece, be it Keith Emerson or Beethoven. Everyone deserves that opportunity and feeling.”
Drew Raison | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR |
It is rare to see Drew Raison outside of a recording studio or at least surrounded by weapons of music creation. He continues this trend as Director of EMEAPP (Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project), embedding himself deep into the world of vintage synths, amps and effects pedals. As a record producer and engineer, Raison has worked with hundreds of talented artists to create high-grade product for national and radio release. As owner/operator of renown Philly Sound Studios and Big Sky Audio, both major multi-room music production studios, Drew honed his production and management skill set and set the stage for his role at EMEAPP.
Vince Pupillo Jr. | ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR |
Vince Pupillo Jr. specializes in sound design, synthesizer programming and navigating the nomenclature and topology of different kinds of electronic instruments. He has been involved in the collecting and preservation of electronic instruments since childhood, which eventually led to the formation of EMEAPP as the means to share the collection with the world. Vince is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Saint Joseph’s University of Philadelphia with a degree in Family Business and he began the process of building the EMEAPP business model in his business classes. Internships at both RetroLinear and Philly Sound Studios introduced him to many individuals who would eventually become a part of the EMEAPP family. Vince’s passion for the Collection runs deep and he wants to continue this legacy for future generations to appreciate and experience.
Emily Belkoff | PROGRAM DIRECTOR |
Emily is a self-taught pianist and electronic music composer. A Philadelphia native, she is a Friends’ Central School alum and graduated with honors from Chestnut Hill College. In 2013, Emily joined Philly Sound Studios where she enjoyed working with a variety of musicians, from hip-hop artists to punk rock bands, to an eight-piece orchestra. She developed specific expertise editing spiritual wellness recordings and meditations. Emily is particularly fascinated by the timeless sounds vintage synthesizers can create. She interned at RetroLinear, a vintage instrument repair shop, where her understanding and love for these incredible machines grew. There, she met the founders of EMEAPP and her passion for these vintage instruments. She’s excited about bringing her perspective to EMEAPP and fostering the involvement of more women in the world of electronic music.
Ben Luce | RESEARCH DIRECTOR/WEBMASTER |
Ben is a composer, musician, and professor of physics who presently lives and works with his wife Janice Luce in Newport, Vermont, and teaches physics at Northern Vermont University. He holds a Ph.D. in physics in nonlinear physics, and also a B.S. in Sound Recording Technology from the Tonmeister program at SUNY Fredonia. Prior to teaching at NVU, Ben served as a physicist in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos Laboratory from 1993-2007, where he pursued research in nonlinear physics and renewable energy technology. He was also a prominent advocate renewable energy in the New Mexico region from 1995-2007, and remains sporadically active on this topic today. Ben is an accomplished pianist and keyboardist and also plays guitar, banjo, and trumpet.
Ben is the son of the late David A. Luce (“Dr. Dave”), former head of engineering and president of the original Moog Music Inc, and designer of, or in part, many Moog synthesizers, including the Polymoog, Taurus Bass Pedals, and Opus 3. Ben thus essentially grew up at Moog Music and is deeply steeped in synthesis. He was therefore drawn to EMEAPP and now participates actively in a number of research initiatives at EMEAPP on synthesis and the history of synthesis. He and his wife recently released their first CD together, “The Desert Suite” and are preparing a number of other works for release. Ben’s hobbies presently include learning Mandarin, and nature photography.