My name is Nishal. I’m an engineer by day, musician by night.
Music and Engineering are two things that fascinate me the most. Ever since the fist day I saw Knight Rider, and Star Trek, I’ve been curious to find how a microchip could do things that are supposedly impossible for any human being.
I picked up my first guitar at 13 – it was a relic lying at home, which I got repaired and setup. Although it seemed worthless back then, it turned out to be a 1976 Harmonics parlor guitar – which is quite a rare find – and it has to be one of the first few guitars ever made in Sri Lanka.
I grew up listening to mostly guitar dominated music like Iron Maiden, Metallica and Korn. Since then, I knew that I wanted not just to play the guitar, but to play it well. I am mostly a self-taught guitarist, picking up some pointers here and there. I had the privilege to play in a number of musical groups since my school days – covering most of the musical spectrum, from classical ensembles, to rock bands. I completed my Grade 8 certification in Rock and Pop Guitar, which was awarded by Trinity College, London. I am currently moonlighting as a recording, live, and session musician.
Ever since my school days, I was fascinated by scientific subjects like mathematics ad physics. Its no wonder I decided to enroll in a Electronic Engineering undergraduate course! I completed my B.Eng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering. Following my undergraduate work, I completed my M.Sc in Telecommunication and Electronic Engineering. By day, I have been utilizing my technical knowledge in the industry ever since.
Apart from being a engineer/ musician, I am also a researcher. My primary interests of research, to name a few, are music technology, music information retrieval, internet of musical things, computer vision, internet of things, and digital signal processing. I have several published works which can be found in the publications section.
I enjoy recording, and performing with my guitar (some example work here), researching on interesting digital technologies, doing fun projects (read my projects blog!), travelling, and landscape photography.
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