What I’m Doing Now

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What I’m Doing Now

OK folks, I know… it’s been a little while since I updated this. So here is the May 20, 2017 update.

These are the things I am working on now, in no particular order.

Pepperhead Studios:

  • Peter Mastroianni Collab
    • Material recorded in late 2016 and early 2017 has been reviewed and we have a playlist up on SoundCloud. We are reviewing additional material from those sessions in the hope that we have enough for a few more pieces. I am happy with the variety of the material, and so glad we decided to make this happen in our spare time.
  • Playing bass in some projects…
    • Ed Zuber Project – original rock, punk songs with guitarist/songwriter Ed Zuber and drummer Urie Kline. Our last practice before Maker Faire was really good, and I think we’re on the verge of something special, particularly when Mike Hickey joins us.
    • Negodniki jazz ensemble – we performed for Greenwood Friends School’s Spring Auction, and now are on hiatus. But some of us have reformed as Mellekes Quatet with Beata Lakatos for a June appearance in Mechanicsburg.
  • JD Blues Band??
    • It’s certainly a possibility. My love of blues goes back to my primary influences, who where all either blues bands or inspired by blues. A recent jam with Kurt Smith on bass, and Urie Kline on drums was invigorating, so we’ll see where this goes. I’ve been thinking about putting out all of my blues originals as a collection, and I also have a number of covers that I enjoy. There is also a possibility that local producer Mark Sarisky might get in on the action!
  • Producing “Henry Davis” a new alt-rock concept album with songwriter and vocalist Barry J. Davis. The material is centered around the character Henry Davis, with historical references to the Molly Maguires. Written and conceived by Barry, the project features John Henry (guitar), Dave Eisenhower (drums), Terry Wright (fiddle), Kurt Smith (bass), with production and sonic treatments by Jeremy dePrisco. We just finished our second live recording session (May 20). Now we go into overdubs, editing and final prep for a Fall 2017 release.
  • Rehearsing with Fricknadorable for our Summer performance season.
  • Multiple collaborations on the horizon. Long time collaborator Stephen Schrum and I are in dialog at this very moment about potential new projects.
  • Recently backed two musical Kickstarter projects, including the KOMA Field Kit, and the DADA Machines kit.
  • NOT MULTITASKING! – read about the research!!


  • IT Project Manager for:
    • a PCORI-funded Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) study to assist patients with learning about treatment modalities.
    • Acute Coronary Syndrome project to examine how patients are assigned and adhere to their discharge medications.
    • Return of Results project for our Genomics Team.
  • After one year in my current role, still learning more about how the worlds of IT and Research intersect. In particular how IT Governance works (or not).
  • Continuing to man the Rebel Outpost of Design Thinking within our team. As always, this is an uphill battle made more complex by project timelines, organizational barriers and culture issues.
  • NOT multi-tasking – read the business case!!


  • 2017 Pepper Planting
    • The usual habanero and jalapeno this year, but also found some ghost plants that looked good. I grew ghost from seed a couple years back, but this time have tried plants from a nursery. Already have orders for fresh peppers, so if you want a piece of this, get in touch!
  •  Reading:
    • Current: Tape Op and Songlines Magazine.
  • Electronics experiments & gadgets:
    • To be fair, this has been slow going. With all of my studio work lately, the electronics tinkering falls to the wayside. Joined the NEPA Circuits meetup recently. Attended in March and took one of my gadgets, and then in May helped my dad present some PICAXE stuff. That went over very well, so we’ll see what happens with this group.
  • Continuing to examine my career trajectory closely through a Napoleon Hill lens.
  • Listening: Jethro Tull (remasters and reissues)
  • Sometimes watching Netflix, mostly in the winter. Highly recommended list for archival purposes:
  • NOT MULTITASKING!! More research!!

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Owner of Pepperhead Studios, guitarist in Fricknadorable, and Electro-acoustic sound designer/experimenter.