APTE was created by music and film producer Doug Jacobs. Doug began performing at the age of ten and has been a professional musician and composer since the seventies. In 1982 he moved to France and worked as a singer-songwriter and arranger, producing for labels such as Polygram and EMI under the name Al Douglas.
Writing and arranging for other young artists, and composing for fashion shows and the theatre, by 1990 he was writing and producing film music for French television.
The audiovisual world opened new doors and in 1995 he formed his own multimedia production and training company. Authorised trainer for Digidesign (ProTools, pre-Avid) and Emagic (Logic Pro, pre-Apple), he created in 1998 the audiovisual department of an ICT training centre in Paris and delivered training to some high-profile clients such as Disneyland, the French Army and the Institute of Sound Archives.
Returning to the UK
Head of department at another technical college in Paris from 2003 to 2005, he then returned to the UK where he has lectured for Further and Higher Education. With a first in Music, Arts & Health and an Honours degree in music performance at Canterbury Christ Church University, Doug's work experience has included projects for the young, the unemployed, those with special needs and the elderly. He is currently running creative projects to promote social cohesion at Living Arts in the Charlton Centre, Dover.
Fluent in French, he has worked a great deal in France and was recently invited to lead a conference in Reims by the twin-towns commitee of Reims and Canterbury.