A promising classical pianist in his youth, Ferraro was prompted to redirect his creative energies due to severe arthritis. He was accepted into the Computer Science department of the University of California, Berkeley, but switched gears midway through his collegiate career and returned to his early passion for music. He graduated from the University of California with a degree in musicology, and a latent fondness for technology had led him to study computer science. Reconciliation of the two fields has been of abiding interest to Ferraro. In 2013, he joined the psych-funk band Toro Y Moi as a keyboardist and signed a recording deal to produce his own music under the moniker Astronauts, etc. The following year, Ferraro began to write the code for Hypothetical Beats, the algorithmic project featured in this auction.