This briefcase performance system features a Korg Kaossilator Pro and my circuit-bent sample player, SwineWAV (aka Pig Floyd). See Floyd’s TV premiere in this video clip.
Imagine getting the chance to interview 50 of your musical heroes about creativity, then combining their stories into a virtual cocktail party of a book.
“Amazing…a gem…truly entertaining and informative on both philosophical and technical levels.” —Music Tech
From DIY adventures to product marketing and software tutorials, Batmosphere creates unique videos with voiceover, original music, and graphics. This one, for my “Key Secrets” column in Keyboard magazine, shows how to embed a MIDI-powered synth in a mechanical monster.
My wife Hazuki Kataoka and I have published five books in the the Japanese kamishibai format, which combines dramatic text and art on sliding cards. We perform our stories around the world and present workshops on kamishibai history, construction, and educational benefits.
Although I now make music with computers and DIY electronics, I've also studied piano, voice, shakuhachi, koto, French horn, and Javanese gamelan. Today’s technology lets you create both the instruments and the music. The button below plays a song I made from a single vocal sample.
I love how magazines build passionate communities. I started at Keyboard in 1994, then edited Music & Computers and wrote for Maximum PC, Make, Electronic Musician, and many more. The button goes to some of my EM articles; I currently write a creativity column for Waveform.
Working with talented designers in magazines, marketing, and software development gave me an appreciation for the power of images. But I’m probably most influenced by the unexpected angles in street photography. This gallery shows a variety of my favorite shots.