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Tony Piper

Tony Piper

Innovator, Experimenter, Programmer, Singer

London, UK

An all-round IT professional with proven track record in coding, IT management, innovation process, IT security, devops, architecture in the Financial Services and Music industries. Creator of Virtual Choirs. Likes to sing in choirs.
Work History
  • October 2010 - Present

    Manager, Virtual Choir

    Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

    I managed Eric's Virtual Choir 2 and 3. Responsibilities included creating systems to discover (VC2) or capture (VC3) user video, building a transcoding and grading backend, supporting singers and generally doing whatever it took to make the project happen. VC2 had 2052 videos, VC3 had 3746. Both were, at the time, the largest "proper" Virtual Choirs in the world (i.e. we used complete performances, not samples from each singer).
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  • November 2006 - Present

    Owner

    Antiphonal Ltd

    IT Consulting, backend web prototyping and experimentation.
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  • July 1990 - November 2006

    Innovation Director

    Pinnacle Insurance plc

    My final role at (Cardif) Pinnacle was "Innovation Director". I built and ran a small team of web and systems engineers (we were doing 'devops' long before it was a buzzword), and we had three primary functions: to develop e-commerce/e-service solutions for Pinnacle, to run our in-house ISP platform, and to co-ordinate IT security testing across the group. We functioned separately from the core IT team, providing a very useful degree of separation from normal IT projects.
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Education
  • B. Sc. (Hons) Electronic Engin

    Lancaster University

    1986 - 1990