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Working for Exposure

Musicians and composers are constantly being asked to work for “exposure” and/or “publicity” and my thoughts on that situation have really changed over the years. Just, up front here, what this post is not about are collaborative situations wherein people don’t have any sort of meaningf[...]

Check out tracks from my company’s library in a new PBS show—I mean, ONLY IF YOU WANT TO.

“Music for People in Japan” for People in Warren, Rhode Island

Music for people in Japan, a new short doc by filmmaker Kevin Belli that I scored–and which premiered at this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston–will be screening at the Drive-In @ 30 Cutler in Warren, RI on July 16th along side three other films!

The Horse’s Tail Tale

I’m psyched to have had the chance to arranged and compose a custom score for the newest episode of the podcast, Ben Franklin’s World.

Music for People in Japan

I’m pleased to report that the film will be having its world premier at Independent Film Festival Boston this month (May 6th – May 16th). This year’s program is entirely online and all films can be streamed by registering over at the festival site.

H[oz]torical Arrangments

I provided some historical music arrangements for PBS | American Experience’s film, American Oz, detailing the life and times of author L. Frank Baum–the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and other Oz books.

The World of the Wampanoag

Over the past month or so, I’ve been working away on the original score for a two-episode podcast series, produced by Ben Franklin’s World and the Omohundro Institute, entitled, “The World of the Wampanoag.”

Salem Film Fest Q&As

The Salem Film Fest is entering its last week–running through July 30th! As a member of the festival's screening committee, I can report firsthand that this year's collection includes some truly amazing entries. In addition to screening films, I was super lucky to get to moderate a coupl[...]


I'm super psyched to be a part of the team that put together Comusica–the centerpiece event of MIT's online commencement this year. Conceived by Eran Egozy, Comusica is a track which “features the voices of more than 800 MIT class of 2020 graduates and alumni, stitched together into one o[...]

AI and Me and You and The Beatles

On May 7th, I received an email from my friend, Ryan Walsh asking me if I had any thoughts on this article for a piece he was writing for Stereogum. The good news was that I definitely had thoughts; the bad new was that I had ten-jillion of them, which, of course, is just too many thoughts for a [...]