Phil Burk received a Bachelors degree in Biophysics from University of California at Berkeley. His coursework included computer programming, genetics, radiation biology, biophysical chemistry, electronics, and music.
From 1984 to 1989 Burk worked as Manager of Graphic Systems for Exploration Systems Inc. in Sausalito, CA/USA. From 1986 to 1992 he worked with four partners to design, develop and sell JForth for the Commodore Amiga in Delta Research, San Rafael, CA. Between 1988 and 1992 he additionally was a lecturer and researcher at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music in Oakland, CA. From 1992 to 1997 Phil Burk was the manager of audio systems at the 3DO Company in Redwood City, CA and afterwards until 1998 at CagEnt Technologies in Santa Clara, CA.
As a freelance contractor he has realized numerous audio and system related projects i. e. for Sony PlayStation 3, the development of audio systems for the works of composer Max Neuhaus (Auracle project), designing of analysis hardware and control software, or audio device driver development for Red Jade.
He is the owner of SoftSynth.com since 1998 and has led a technical team in the development of a polyphonic MIDI synthesizer for embedded devices by Mobileer, Inc. in San Rafael since 2003.