As a recording engineer, Peter Acker’s ears have been sensitive to all kinds of sounds, both loud and quiet, for over 30 years.
Peter is an audiobook engineer, a voiceover artist and has produced and engineered audio for commercial projects and documentaries. He is also natural sounds preservationist, traveling to remote areas to record environments uninterrupted by human-made sound. His efforts to draw attention to the vanishing quiet in America’s soundscape were featured on “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt”, NPR'S "All Things Considered" and "Living On Earth".
In 2014, Peter saw the documentary, “Alive Inside”, showing how familiar music affected patients with Alzheimer’s. Peter was moved by how the music engaged them, brought them joy and helped them be more aware of their surroundings.
Shortly before seeing this documentary, Peter’s father-in-law passed away with Alzheimer’s. It was the intersection of those two events that inspired Peter to dedicate his own audio engineering skills to bring music to patients with various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, to his home state of Massachusetts.
Peter lives in Pelham, Massachusetts with his wife, Sara Elinoff-Acker, an author and psychotherapist. His daughter Sophie, is (bias alert!) a brilliant college student in Vermont.