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Initially intended for a podcast format, this is a set of collaborations I did with journalist, writer, and film nerd Alex Vuocolo. These are absurdist stories from a fictional town delivered in a deadpan style inspired by Joe Frank. They remind me of Anton Chekov in their brevity, focus, and small-ness and bring me joy through their subtle comedy. After recording them I wrote something of a score, and had a blast.

This is heavy. I will never forget writing this tune because it was the most therapeutic musical experience I had ever had since it saved me from a week long anxiety attack. I love rap, but I never do it. All things considered, I think I did pretty good.

This is my first set of recorded works that I released while studying at University of the Arts. It got it’s name from the fact that I was immensely excited about creating my own recordings, but did not yet have the equipment or skills to do a whole lot outside of the synthesizers and samples I had available to me in my computer. So, I did what any good composer does and worked within my limitations, and in effect ended up ‘avoiding’, intentional or not, the process of translating sound directly experienced in a room, through microphones, and into a recorded format.

 

These are the sounds that came out of my brain for the most part.

Look below if you would like to hear sounds that came out of other peoples’ brains that I helped facilitate

Learning Curve is a set of two songs. “Beyond Words” is a song surrounded by my frustrations and experiences related to talking about the ineffable, and “Emily Song” is a song exploring the way I relate my love for my partner Emily, faith, and reason to each other. This two songs served as a landscape for me to try out new production ideas and understand what I identify as in a pop producer/writer setting. They are fraught with mistakes and impulsiveness, but remain true to me for their audacity.

I have such a deep and passionate love for classical music; particularly that of the strange, the experimental, the forward-thinking, the challenging, and the new. My training is not in classical, but every once in a while I try to put on my modernist hat and pretend.

 
 
 
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Chris Paterno - "Don't Want To Be In Love"

Chris Paterno is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter that I met in Philly that writes for himself as well as for his seven-piece band. I have had the pleasure of working with him on both fronts, to which we have yielded, through very exciting collaborative efforts, music I am always really happy to say I have done. This is a production we did outside of the band out of a desire to take a more electronic direction.

 
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The Phonies - "No Matter Where"

I play keyboards in The Phonies so maybe I'm a little biased, but I think we rock. We recently recorded this song live, and I aided in the mixing process as well as mastered the song. I'd go on, but I believe the tune speaks for itself.

 
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EZRA - "The Gutless"

Ezra is an interesting artist. I hear his music as a combination of a Beatles-esque sound combined with a Bob Dylan style attentiveness to his lyrics. Primarily channeling a stripped-down and acoustic sound, he is an artist that knows his vision, knows with certainty what he likes and dislikes, but is always open to seeing things another way as well as always seeking my input and guidance as a producer.

 
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"Beyond Words"

Alright... I plugged one of my own in here. If it's too self-promoting I apologize, but I was really proud of how this song turned out both as a writer as well as a producer. I'm still new to lyrical composition, and I feel like I really nailed something here. On top of that, I had all sorts of fun bringing my good friend Trevor Rodgers in on drums. He, like myself, has an ear for experimentation, and he came to this session with all sorts of toys, drums, and cymbals that I think really brought the piece to life.

 
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Steve Prudente - "Rude Boy"

Steve is a punk rocker at his heart, but I worked with him on an acoustic record. After playing many shows of just him, his guitar, and his harmonica, he came to me asking to replicate the intimate sound of him at a solo show. In the mixing stage, Rude Boy really stuck out to me as a supremely personal song that delivered a powerful and relatable emotion that I think we have all experienced one time or another.