I was born in 1977 and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. It's a beautiful area, but as a young man I was inpsired to travel.
In '95-96 I was an undergraduate at Indiana University. I'd been told that college would reverse the poor return on my lifetime investment in school but two semesters in Bloomington gave no sign of this. So I left. Adam Barker and Andrew Koontz-Garboden are two swell chaps I keep in touch with to this day.
I went to IU to study cognition, inspired by Marvin Minsky and IU's own Doug Hofstadter. There's been a lot of exciting work in the field since then.
In 1997 I studied microtonal music with Denny Genovese in Gainesville, FL. I built a table-top electric slide guitar, which I tune in 15-limit just intonation. It's almost meeting its design goal of pacifying me until I can obtain a suitable generalized keyboard.
I spent most of '98 in California, lured by Norman Henry and his 11-limit harpsichord. I also met cool cats Bob Cowart and Stephen Malinowski. I spent much of the next year in Manhattan, where I premiered a short brass quartet at the 19th American Festival of Microtonal Music.
In 2001, I returned to the San Francisco area to take a job in the computer hardware industry. I got married in 2005 and became a father the next year. During 2006-09 I worked in hardware engineering at Apple. It was an amazing experience.
Something lacking in many modern institutions is a good choir. An exception was my high school, with its "A" choir, led by the incredible Richard Lampe. I was also lucky to be involved with the Lansdale chapter of the Barbershop society (SPEBSQSA) in '96-97.
Besides Barbershop, I like the music of Bach, Beethoven, Harry Partch, Yes and Phish, as well as various flavors of bebop and traditional chamber music of the near East. Check out my favorite composers and albums.
My interest in music started early, partly because my grandmother was a piano teacher. I didn't learn to appreciate visual art until much later. Only M.C. Escher and Roger Dean caught my eye by the time I graduated high school. In '96 I found Estonian artist Navitrolla on the web. I stumbled into John Ruseau's gallery in Charlottesville, VA to good effect in '99, and got van Gogh the next year. In 2001 I flipped out over Edward Gorey. I finally felt the power of sculpture in 2004, when I attended Burning Man for the first time.
Lately, I've taken to studying macroeconomics, energy policy, and nuclear engineering – which turn out to be almost the same field. I also sometimes play chess. In 2011, my wife and I bought a house in Kensington, CA, where we live with our two sons.