Sean McKee is a Chicago-born, Emmy nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist, inventor, technologist, producer, and entrepreneur. He started playing guitar and working with computers at the age of 7, and at age 15 became interested in audio recording and engineering.
In college, having learned editing with Sound Designer and early versions of Pro Tools, he also became interested in video editing and effects. This, combined with a background in computer programming, led McKee to launch Screen Time Images, a company that for 12 years provided services to every major movie studio, providing traditional post production as well as specializing in image processing, film and audio restoration, and forensics. McKee has developed numerous hardware and software systems that are used daily by studios, and is a recognized pioneer and expert in the areas of image processing.
McKee then moved to Malibu to join Point.360 and work closer with the movie studios, the American Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences, A-list directors, actors and music artists, and later went on to form Visionary Arts & Scientific Technologies (VAST, LLC) further developing technology in the areas of 2D to 3D conversion and 3D depth capture for feature films, television and video games. He has published several white papers (including in the SMPTE Journal) and has been interviewed on TV, radio and in magazines numerous times to discuss his technology.
While focusing on a tech-centric career, McKee always held music and related projects as the pinnacle of his passions, and worked with numerous artists in a variety of capacities, including supervising post production on Slash’s “Back from Cali” music video, Rage Against The Machine’s concert in Finnsbury Park, working with Gail Zappa (Frank’s wife) to recover lost masters and scan film for the famous Roxy shows, and 2D to 3D conversions of concert films for artists such as Chickenfoot, U2, Alterbridge, Franz Ferdinand and others. In 2015 McKee directed the Anderson Ponty Band concert film, featuring Jon Anderson from YES, and virtuoso jazz fusion violinist Jean Luc Ponty.
In 2012, McKee took a sabbatical from technology development, to pursue his lifelong love of music. Working with Lee Abrams (co-founder of XM Radio), McKee wrote the soundtrack to Abrams’ hybrid TV/app news station TouchVision, geared towards the Millennial generation, creating music representing cultures and styles from around to world to correspond with world news stories, segment intros/outros, and commercial promos.
McKee released the single “Air Traffic Control” under the band name ZAP on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label, as a memorial to Gail Zappa who passed away in 2015, with Ike Willis from Frank Zappa’s band (known as the voice of “Joe” from the seminal album “Joe’s Garage”), and Grammy-nominated bassist Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff, Missing Persons, Adler’s Appetite).
McKee is currently composing his most ambitious work to date, working with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jon Anderson from YES, to create an exotic concept double album filled with epic length songs which is expected to be released in 2017.