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Mike Winters

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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  • 4 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, German, Spanish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Student/Researcher
  • M.A. 2010 McGill University, Music T...
  • From Oak Park
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


I like to think a lot


My name is Mike. I've done a lot of things in my life, but one thing that seems to characterize me through it all is my passion, dedication, and sense of humor.

I'm presently studying music technology at McGill University in Montreal. I'm a masters student, just beginning my thesis on the sonification of emotion--using sound to convey arousal and valence in an objective, scientific way.

Before that, I went to the College of Wooster in Ohio. I double majored in physics and piano performance. I double minored in mathematics and philosophy. I made friends with artists, but had a tendency to make friends with everyone.

I'm really passionate about music, and have a penchant for the sublime. Sufjan Stevens is my favorite musician presently, but I am a fan of most music in general. I'm an artist when I have time, dabbling in just about any sort of art I can cook up. I'm professionally skilled in audio and sound synthesis. I've been practicing piano for 17 years.


I don't really have a philosophy. I guess you might think that's a bad sign--but I think it means that my philosophy is in fact very deep.

I'm very open to meeting new people and tend to get along with almost everyone. I enjoy cleanliness, and have a tendency to work hard. I love music and have a sensuous, daring perspective in my piano playing.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I've got an apartment in Montreal that is open to surfers, still haven't had many requests yet :-\. I discovered couchsurfing a few years ago and have surfed in Budapest and Montreal (before I moved here). I think that it is the best way to travel. You get to meet locals, and see parts of the city you otherwise would never.


As of August 7th, 2011, I have been hosted by a total of six people in Budapest and Montreal. No experience hosting yet, so by all means send me a request!


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Music, Movies & Books

Music: New Music, Digital Instruments, Alternative Rock, Sufjan Stevens, Of Montreal, Animal Collective, Joanna Newsom

Books: Many. As many as possible in reverse order in under one minute, The Awakening, Story of the Eye, Philiosophy in the Bedroom, Gravities Rainbow, Crime and Punishment, Grapes of Wrath, The Trial, Nausea...

Movies: Indy ones that make you just a tad uncomfortable but are stunning in their beauty.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Probably sleeping under the stars in the desert with Northwest Youth Corps. The desert actually gets very cold at night. There is so much out there that wants to kill you and make you generally uncomfortable. It just makes the pretty things strangely beautiful.

Teach, Learn, Share

I know a lot about a little (Sonification, Music Technology) and a little about a lot (philosophy, physics, hiking, backpacking, cutting down trees, digging trail, getting rides on rideshare, etc.

Countries I've Visited

Germany, Hungary, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, United States

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