Anson was born and raised right here in Houston, TX. In junior high school, he was in choir just long enough to meet Kurt and make a new lifelong friend. Anson then joined orchestra and picked up the double bass. Music carried him to Baylor University in Waco, TX, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and met his future wife, a violinist named Elvia. From there, Anson returned home to Houston and changed course a bit, earning a second Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Houston. Anson is now a full-time iOS software developer, though he still takes time on occasion to pick up a bass and perform.
Anson edits the show and manages most of the other technical aspects of Blank Tape. His other hobbies and interests include CrossFit, film scores, lattes, reading, and gaming.
April 18th, 2019 | Season 2 | 5 mins 52 secs
We continue checking items off of our homework to-do list with a musical suggestion from Mr. C: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Formally known as "The Year 1812 Solemn Overture", this classic piece doesn't get enjoyed enough in its entirety.
April 18th, 2019 | Season 2 | 24 mins 18 secs
It's a battle against WiFi on the high seas! Anson joins Kurt from a cruise ship somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico for a chat about cruises, Captain Marvel, and black holes. Also: the joys of 24-hour pizza service.
March 28th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 12 mins
Deal me in and turn it up to 11, because we're diving into card games and symphonic metal -- and even some of Kurt's original compositions. Also: are YOU going to Scarborough Fair?
March 7th, 2019 | Season 2 | 34 mins 7 secs
We did our homework! Well, at least half of it. We watched Tron (1982) at Mr. C's suggestion. On this very special Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track, we discuss the special effects, music, and Legacy of this pioneering sci-fi film.
March 7th, 2019 | Season 2 | 59 mins 54 secs
There's never a dull moment between musical competitions, athletic competitions, and even D&D baby number two. Also: the inner workings of one Admiral Boom.
February 14th, 2019 | Season 2 | 56 mins 46 secs
A cinematic year in review, the Super High-Scoring Bowl™ (didn't watch), and the occasional technical difficulty. Also: where (and when) to go to San Antonio to see men propose en masse.
January 31st, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 31 mins
We're joined by Heather Campbell, who's an old friend, an Artist at Valve Software, and a MOBA connoisseur. Also: that's three things, so Half-Life 3 confirmed.
December 27th, 2018 | Season 1 | 58 mins 27 secs
Our first-ever year-end retrospective show. We look backwards and forwards to all things Blank Tape, and end with a live musical performance to celebrate the season. Also: It's a Wonderful... Recasting!
December 6th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 19 mins
Bugs, crashes, simulators, scrums, sprints, and -- quite literally -- grumpy old gits. It's all in a day's work as we explore what it takes to make an app, how we got here, and why we care so much about apps anyway. Also: why two burgers are better than one.
November 22nd, 2018 | Season 1 | 6 mins 1 sec
Brainstorming topics for next episode. Will it be computer science, software development, or all of the above?
November 15th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 16 mins
She's got a Ticket to Ride, and we do, too. This episode is all about the board games, from the small ones that sharpened our minds (and competitive spirits) as kids, to the large family games we enjoy today. Also: how to get your practice in for a dice game against Davy Jones.
November 1st, 2018 | Season 1 | 12 mins 56 secs
The secret behind the music in "Meet the Sniper", and why we aren't worried about ripping off from Valve.
October 25th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
Pull up a chair and roll for initiative -- it's time for some Dungeons & Dragons! Kurt gives us an overview of the game, its history, and its modern champions. We share our personal experiences and stories of memorable games past. Yes indeed, in the game where your imagination is the only limit, there's truly something for everyone. Also: all about the one shot we did at Kurt's bachelor party... but it wasn't that kind of shot.
October 4th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 16 mins
We got the band back together! In this very special episode, we are joined by Max and Steve. With Kurt, they form the classic pop punk rock band from 2005: Offbrand. Also: teen angst in all its raw, musical glory.
September 13th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 17 mins
History lessons abound as we cover events past and present -- including our first-ever News Tidbit of the Week -- and we enjoy some unintentional musical accompaniment. Also: the state of the roads in 1860s New York City.
August 30th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 23 mins
Spider-Men, Sherlock Holmes Synergy, put pilots, and more Stan Lee cameos than we can count. Also: Kevin McCallister's preferred audio equipment.