What I’m Doing Now

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What I’m Doing Now

Aug 6, 2017 update.

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

Pepperhead Studios:

  • Rehearsing for Electro Music 2017 in Huguenot, NY (of course, whether or not the event is held is another matter.)
  • 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.
    • Bluesmobile – blues supergroup featuring Mike Hickey (guitar/voc), John Sweeney (harmonica/guitar/voc), Kurt Smith (bass), Urie Kline (drums). I’ll be singing, but the part that is unusual is that I’ll be playing electric guitar – in public. Performance Aug 19 to celebrate the Columbia County Traveling Library’s new bookmobile.
    • Negodniki jazz ensemble for the occasional show.
  • Final mixing for a 6-month alt-rock project.
  • Performing with Fricknadorable in our Summer performance season.
  • Recently backed two musical Kickstarter projects, including the KOMA Field Kit, and the DADA Machines kit. The former has arrived, so new crazy sounds on the horizon.
  • NOT MULTITASKING! – read about the research!!

Geisinger:

  • 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.
    • Patient reported data (PRD) project for the Kidney Health Research Institute.
  • 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!!

Personal:

  • 2017 Season Peppers
    • 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: How Music Works, David Byrne; also catching up on a back of Songlines and Tape Op magazines. Not much time to read these when we’re creating/recording/performing music, but that’s a good thing!
  • Electronics experiments & gadgets:
    • To be fair, this has been slow going, and I don’t get much done on this front during the summer. Good activity for those cold winter nights though.
  • Continuing to examine my career trajectory closely through a Napoleon Hill lens.
  • Listening: Lots of Talking Heads, Captain Beefheart, Johnny Cash and Ottmar Liebert.
  • Sometimes watching Netflix, mostly in the winter. Highly recommended list for archival purposes:
  • NOT MULTITASKING!! More research!!

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jjdeprisco

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