I'm a composer, producer, theater artist, internet media person, and podcaster. I also consult and speak on strategy and marketing for technology and the arts.

By day I'm the product manager at New Music USA, building a new platform for awarding and promoting awesome new music projects.

Medieval Guild, Anyone?

Medieval Guild, Anyone?

So this is hypothetical-business-model-for-modern-artists-type-post. On the latest episode of Actually Happening, we were discussing a secret society called The Supreme Tribe of Ben Hur. They got started after a secret society promoter (actual job!) asked the author for secret society rights (really). The members were quite silly, like the Freemasons,...
No Experiences No. 2

No Experiences No. 2

This is a film of a setting of a poem inspired by a tweet by a robot. I love the internet. Jason Buckwalter and Kimberly Christie are thoroughly charming, and John Belkot did a great job directing this little film. Victoria Nece did the title sequence and color treatment that...
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Laser-etched Victory Stele

Laser-etched Victory Stele

My brother, Dennis, was about to turn thirty. My partner, Victoria, and I, wanted to give him something monumental… like a monument. So we decided to list all his accomplishments on a victory stele. I love this thing so much. Now, this is an old-fashioned thing to do. Very old-fashioned. Bronze Age Near East kind...
The Brat Whisperer

The Brat Whisperer

Much like The Responsibility Scallop, The Brat Whisperer* is another neologism of mine for organizational theory. One of the first things I learned building ensembles at conservatory was this: the first thing you do, fire the brat. If you can’t turn up on time, communicate clearly and quickly, be sensitive to your collaborators, and perform...
One of my favorite things about Greg Jukes

One of my favorite things about Greg Jukes

Is that sometimes he just emails me to say “Hey! I’m playing your piece tomorrow… in Alaska!” Dude. Sweet. That’s his view. Greg’s sweet theatrical ensemble, The Fourth Wall, is the guest artist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks New Music Festival, and they’re playing an awesome program, including Crystal Tresses in the Sky on...
Why yes, I think I will read Adam Huttler on House of Cards

Why yes, I think I will read Adam Huttler on House of Cards

And shockingly, I basically agree with him. I know. Unprecented. Definitely read his post. I’ll wait. Basically, he walks you through the data-driven story of creating the House of Cards remake for Netflix. Users loved the original series, and those users also loved Kevin Spacey and David Fincher. So Netflix bet $100 million on a...
Ian Richter playing Prufrock in Baltimore

Ian Richter playing Prufrock in Baltimore

On Feb. 13th Ian Richter is going to be rocking the heck out of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, as he often does. Churches in a lot of cities host short lunchtime concerts. It’s a great way to make a cultural contribution and engage office workers in their neighborhoods. But in how many...
#24MAG issue 4 is done!

#24MAG issue 4 is done!

We did it again. A horde of talented folks spent 24 solid hours making a magazine. I pushed myself harder than ever for this issue. I masterminded the food for the entire crew, which was, this time, huge. I was looking for creative satisfaction from the food, but various circumstances pushed me to just be...
The Met in HD, MOOCs, and the Distributors of the Future

The Met in HD, MOOCs, and the Distributors of the Future

There’s a fascinating discussion going on right now. It’s about what the arts sector will look like for the next couple of generations. The most recent chapter was started by Michael Kaiser, picked up by Diane Ragsdale, and then continued by Adam Huttler. Basically, Michael is arguing for increased efficiency in our organizations (better marketing...
New Video of Crystal Tresses in the Sky

New Video of Crystal Tresses in the Sky

Greg did this performance at Exapno in July, and the footage has been sitting around on my computer since then. Then I got Premiere Elements and can finally have an easier time dealing with all the concert footage living on my drives…. Yeah… there’s a lot of it. His ensemble, The Fourth Wall, played this...
NAMPC post-game

NAMPC post-game

The National Arts Marketing Project conference was a blast. There were lots of smart people, the conference was very well organized, and I was upside down (photo credit: @lynnekingsley). It rocked. I spoke with Sara Eileen Hames and Casey Middaugh about how arts organizations can use Kickstarter to rapidly prototype programming ideas while engaging communities....
Two quick cocktails

Two quick cocktails

Since the hurricane, Jersey City’s been a mess. At our house, we’ve got all our utilities back, but our friends haven’t been so lucky. So our house has become a bit of a coworking space since the storm. As a result, I came home to two of my friends hanging out on the internet, and...
New Videos of The Stain of Love!

New Videos of The Stain of Love!

Jason Buckwalter is awesome. He’s a wonderful singer, he’s funny onstage, and he always does a wonderful job with my music. This performance was at the Mount Vernon Music Space in Baltimore, as part of a concert I organized together with Megan Ihnen and Zachary Herchen called “Everybody We Know, Unplugged.” As you might be...
Chefs and Musicians Again

Chefs and Musicians Again

Last time I blogged about my two favorite professions, I recommended that musicians look at how restaurants deal with lots of quantitative and qualitative in-depth feedback from their customers (how many of what sold, what the waiters say the customers said, etc.). As I’m on vacation, I thought I’d return to the subject. There’s something...