Having worked at NASA for almost five years inventing new kinds of spacecraft, Chris went on to cofound the company Planet Labs, which launched and monitors over 200 spacecraft that create a daily map of the global environment. During all this, Chris spent nearly every spare moment writing music on the one instrument he always had with him: his laptop. Much of his music was written at airports or on planes, and over this 15-year period he has amassed an impressive catalog of material with over 300 tracks. Wanting to get some of his music out to the world, Chris decided to pursue his art full-time, adopting the nickname “Chrispy” that was given to him by his NASA co-workers. Unlike other notable “doctors” in the music industry, DR CHRISPY has a PhD in Physics, and in 2014 he won the Advance Global Award for being the Greatest Australian Not Living in Australia.
Chris did not grow up in a musical household but was always drawn to music and sound. Playing computer games with his friends, he found the dramatic music from the games on the Commodore 64 and Amiga more interesting than the games themselves so he set out to find out how that music was made. Chris’s family never owned a computer, so he twisted his friends’ arms into letting him use theirs, and later used the Apple IIs and Macs at his high school. With the Amiga, Chris began to write his own sample-based music, including a remake of the breakout hit “Sadeness” by Enigma. He discovered MIDI and began composing tracks on the school’s Atari ST computer.
After completing his PhD in Physics at the University of Sydney he found a position at NASA Ames Research Center in Northern California, one of NASA’s 10 centers around the US. There Chris worked on several fascinating projects, including a lunar lander, an electric airplane, and he co-invented the world’s smallest satellite called PhoneSat. With the success of PhoneSat, Chris and his friends were emboldened to try something ambitious, so they left NASA to start Planet Labs. Today Planet Labs has launched over 200 satellites that were designed under Chris’s leadership.
Chris has no regrets about focusing on his space career, but always felt music would one day become his focus. He recently entered a prolific phase of writing, completing over 30 new songs. DR CHRISPY’s goal as an artist is to connect music and tech while bringing a message of hope and empowerment to his audience. Chris still hopes one day to take himself beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, and feels he still has the passion to start another space company one day. You can catch more of Chris’s space and technology thoughts on his personal twitter account at twitter.com/cboshuizen.
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