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New Music Alert!

I'm PSYCHED to report that today, Don't Ever Lie To Anyone—my long time live-music collaboration with Jordyn Bonds—is releasing our first ever recording! The song "Fall in Circles" is the first of five tracks that we'll be releasing one-by-one over the next few weeks/months. [...]

Music Literacy Workshop

On August 29th from 1-5pm (EST), I'll, once again, be leading/teaching/hosting my workshop, Music Literacy for Content Creators. I keep trying to find new, better, more entertaining ways to say it, but nothing my beats my first attempt: The class takes a deep dive into the constituent el[...]

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 [...]

Come to Salem, Stream the World

As a member of the Salem Film Fest screening committee, I'm happy to announce that this year's film festival has been moved online and starts TODAY (running through July 30th, 2020)! If you have the time, interest, and/or wherewithal, please check out some of the incredible films on this year[...]


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 [...]

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 [...]

Music Workshop for Non-Musicians

On June 6th, I’ll again be presenting my workshop, Music Literacy for Content Creators. I tried, but I can't say it better than I said it last time: The class takes a deep dive into the constituent elements of music (with a ton of listening and discussion), demystifies the business si[...]

Music Workshop for Non-Musicians

On April 25th, I’ll be teaching/hosting an intimate online workshop and discussion entitled Music Literacy for Content Creators.

Drawing on Music

I’m looking forward to [virtually] heading into Maya Erdelyi‘s class at Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts this Thursday morning to chat to her animation students about music, working with a composer, and how to think about adding music to their projects!

Deep Tech

My company, Titlecard Music, had an awesome time putting together the theme music for “Deep Tech,” the new podcast from MIT’s Technology Review.