Brett Buddin

Software Engineer & Field Recordist


I’m a software engineer with over 15 years of experience building platforms. I currently work on Cloud Observability at ServiceNow where my team and I specialize in enhancing the query experience and maintaining UQL, a query language designed for observability data.

I have a lifelong interest in sound and music, and in recent years that has evolved into a regular practice of deep listening through field recording. In 2020 I started publishing these recordings as a podcast called Phonogrifter. I also build tools for audio production. Most of these projects are experimental, but I do publish generally useful work on occassion. Notable among these are QUARK and Shaden.

You’re welcome to send me email or connect on GitHub, Glass, and LinkedIn.



Podcast, 2020–now

A collection of field recordings published as a podcast. Each episode is an exploration of a particular place through its sounds.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and RSS. Headphones are recommended.


Plugin, 2017–now

Free Digital Audio Workstation plugin that provides a workflow for mixing/mastering quadraphonic content in the QS Regular Matrix format. It provides an encoder capable of 4-2 channel encoding and a decoder (mostly used to A/B test mixes) capable of reproducing original discrete channels from an encoded signal. Encoded mixes can be distributed via any normal stereo distribution method (vinyl, radio, streaming services) for playback.

KamranV and I are building QUARK with the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts through dublab.

Mixed with QUARK:

The core of QUARK was open-sourced as a JUCE module called QS.


Instrument, 2015–2018

A modular audio synthesizer. Patches for the synthesizer are written in a Lisp dialect. A REPL and HTTP interface are provided for interacting with the synthesizer in real-time. Watch the lightning talk from GopherCon 2018.