I am a composer of cutting edge art music, a roboticist, and computer programmer. I am a proud high-school dropout. In the early days I spent my time hitchhiking around the country, cooking professionally and going on multi-day backcountry mountain biking trips in Colorado and Utah. During that time I studied Italian and eventually travelled to Italy and rode my bike circuitously from Rome up to the Austrian border, just camping as I went. I subsequently received a Bachelor's degree in music composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I was awarded a Robert Fink Scholarship for Music Theory. I wrote lots of music there (some of which is archived on this site), and recorded my first album, Horas de Verano
. After I graduated, I moved to Santa Barbara, California where I owned and operated a small electronic music studio called 'Orphean Sculptures'
, which was 3 blocks from the beach. During that time I wrote an hour long ballet
for orchestra, a two hour opera for orchestra, chorus and soloists
, many smaller chamber works, and recorded an album of interesting transcriptions of Schubert Songs
with the tenor Peter DeSimone. I also started intensely studying computer-programming during this period. After that, I received a Master's degree in music composition from the University of Georgia. During that period, I was a tenor in the acclaimed Collegium Musicum
at UGA, with whom I gave performances in Spain, Portugal
, and at the prestigious Boston Early Music Festival
. At UGA, I worked as a graduate research assistant at Ideas for Creative Exploration
(ICE), which is an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts. In this capacity I turned sonar images of sculptures into music
and video, programmed an $11,000 humanoid robot
to interact with theatre majors, founded an interdisciplinary student group Idea Lab
, and collaborated on an award-winning
project that explored the very nature of collaboration itself. I then moved to Arizona to get a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University's school of Arts, Media + Engineering. There I built a djembe robot named Kiki, and developed machine learning algorithms to control the robot. I also collaborated extensively with Julie Akerly
and many other people to develop several large dance works involving computer-music and sensors placed on the dancers' bodies. Two of these were shown at the Athens Slingshot Festival
in Georgia. I am currently looking for a research position in interdisciplinary art / science / technology / media / psycho-linguistico-musico-robotics, so that I can write emotionally provocative computer code.