What I’m Doing Now

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What I’m Doing Now

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

Pepperhead Studios:

  • Preparing – though not so much rehearsing – my improv-based piece “Sonic Conspiracy Theories” for Northeast Electro-Music 2017 in Homer, NY.
  • 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. We’ll likely revisit this in the Fall and add more material for a possible CD or download-only release.
  • 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 and edits for a 6-month alt-rock project.
  • Performing with Fricknadorable.
  • 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!!


  • IT Project Manager for:
    • Prepare Now – PCORI – multi-year grant-funded study (Kidney Transitions) for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
    • Acute Coronary Syndrome project to examine how patients are assigned and adhere to their discharge medications.
    • Various small genome projects where we provide testing results back to providers and patients.
    • 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!!


  • 2017 Season Peppers
    • The usual habanero and jalapeno this year, but also found some ghost plants that are doing surprisingly well. 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: Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics; 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!
  • Electronics experiments & gadgets – most recently made some mallets out of various rubber balls and dowels:
  • 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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Owner of Pepperhead Studios, guitarist in Fricknadorable, and Electro-acoustic sound designer/experimenter.