This is a caricature given to me, because of my obsession with sound diffusion after founding RPG Diffusor Systems, Inc. in 1983. However, the site explores all of the facets of my life, which I am happy to share.
Peter D’Antonio was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1941. He received his B.S. degree from St. John’s University in 1963 and his Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, in 1967. Dr. D’Antonio has specialized in a wide variety of scientific disciplines including spectroscopy, x-ray, neutron and electron diffraction, electron microscopy, software development, and architectural acoustics. In 1996, Dr. D’Antonio retired after 29 years of research in diffraction physics at the Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC. During his scientific career, Dr. D’Antonio published widely and was a member of the internationally renowned Laboratory for the Structure of Matter, headed by Nobel Laureate Dr. Jerome Karle. As a musician and recording engineer, Dr. D’Antonio maintained a separate concurrent career in the music industry. In 1974, he developed a widely-used design for modern recording studios at Underground Sound, Largo, Maryland, utilizing a temporal and spatial reflection free zone and reflection phase grating diffusors. Dr. D’Antonio Founded RPG Diffusor Systems, Inc., in 1983 to develop and test novel surfaces to expand the acoustical palette. After more than three decades of successful innovation and operation, he sold RPG in 2017. The company was relocated and restructured as RPG Acoustical Systems, LLC (www.rpgacoustic.com). Dr. D’Antonio is currently Director of Research and Development at the new company and Director of the new Acoustical Research Center. He pioneered the sound diffusion industry and has significantly expanded the acoustical palette by creating and implementing a wide range of novel number-theoretic, fractal and optimized diffusing and absorbing surfaces, for which he holds many trademarks and patents. He has lectured extensively, published numerous scientific articles in peer review technical journals, acoustical and architectural magazines and is the co-author of the reference textbook Acoustic Absorbers and Diffusers: Theory, Design and Application, 3rd Edition published by CRC Press (August 2016). He has also contributed several chapters to the Master Handbook of Acoustics, 6th Edition published by McGraw Hill Professional 2015 and a book that reflects the life, work, and legacy of one of the greatest acousticians of the 20th century entitled Acoustics, Information, and Communication: Memorial Volume in Honor of Manfred R. Schroeder, published by Springer and edited by Ning Xiang and Gerhard M. Sessler (2015). A complete list of Dr. D’Antonio’s publications can be found on Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=cLEl85sAAAAJ&hl=en). He served as Chairman of the AES Subcommittee on Acoustics Working Group SC-04-02, which published AES-4id-2001 for diffusion coefficient standardization; is a member of the ISO/TC 43/SC 2/WG25 Working Group, which published ISO standard 17497-1:2004 for scattering coefficient standardization and ISO 17497-2 for diffusion coefficient standardization. Dr. D’Antonio has also served as adjunct professor of acoustics at the Cleveland Institute of Music, since 1991. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the Audio Engineering Society and a 2012 Inductee into the music industry’s TECnology Hall of Fame. Currently, Dr. D’Antonio is also President/Founder of the Chesapeake Acoustic Research Institute, LLC (www.carillc.com), providing Education, Exploration and Experimentation, founded in 2007, and Director of Research for REDI Acoustics, LLC (www.rediacoustic.com), which offers wave based iterative software services.
Throughout my professional life, I have been fortunate to learn from the brightest minds of my generation and I wanted to thank them.
My chemistry professors in college, my thesis advisors Dr. Robert Bauman and Dr. Ben Post, my supervisor at NRL Dr. Jerome Karle, my RPG cofounder and friend Dr. John Konnert, all of my colleagues at Crown Audio and Syn Aud Con, my Underground Sound electronics designer Neil Muncy, my co-author and colleague Dr. Trevor Cox, programmers Paul Kovitz, Brian Rife and Rinaldi Petrolli, plus the acousticians and studio designers who believed in my research and products.