Interactive Media Specialist
Technologist, Educator, Exhibit Developer, Researcher, Musician and
Consultant: Specialize in producing custom experiences for museums, interactive
entertainment and collaborative gaming/musical applications.
Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh, PA: Masters of Entertainment Technology (M.E.T.)
University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI: Schools of Engineering and Natural Resources, B.S.
Antioch University, London,
England: Urban Planning & Design.
Educator, Researcher, Project
Manager and Multimedia Innovator
Consultant: Freelance consultant for various companies and non-profits including
The Tech Museum of Innovation, Thinkwell Design, Rapport Inc., Yahoo!, Rhythmix
Cultural Works, The Franklin Institute and The Studio for Electro-Instrumental
Music (STEIM), 2006 - present. Currently curating an exhibit about "Technology
for the Benefit of Humanity" for the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA.
Carnegie Mellon Universitys Entertainment Technology Center, Human Computer
Interaction Institute and School of Design. Lecturer and Advisor on client-sponsored
projects with focus on development of interactive audiovisual experiences, interface
design and sound design for a variety of applications. Fall 2000 - 2006.
California College of Arts & Crafts (CCAC) Introduction to Sound Design.
Fall 2002. Served on Media Advisory Board.
Research Staff: Interval Research Corporation. Research and development
of shared audio media services, products and applications for broadband communication.
Responsible for project management, liaisons with outside companies, hiring
contractors, coordination of interaction design, user testing, scenario and
prototype development. 1999-2000.
Director: Interval Research Corporation. Directed design and production
of "Jam-O-Drum" Interactive Music System. Responsible for managing ten person
team, coordinating and implementing all phases of audiovisual recording, sound
design and hardware/software development for collaborative gaming on custom
tabletop device. Jam-O-Drum is on permanent exhibition at the Experience Music
Project Museum, Seattle, WA. 1998-1999.
Vice-President and Creative
Director, DCuCKOO International, Inc. Co-invented, designed and implemented
building of custom electronic MIDI controller instruments and digital show-toys
for interactive audience participation. Managed recording, sampling, composition,
instrument design, event coordination, publicity and production of multimedia
performances for Fortune 500 corporate companies, conferences, festivals and
international events. 1986 -1997.
Public Work, Conferences
- Interactive Water Fountain,
Atlantic City Pier, Atlantic City, NJ, 2006
- Animateering Exhibit:
Zeum, San Francisco, CA. 2006
- Animateering Exhibit:
Give Kids the World, Kissimmee, FL. 2005 - present
Exhibit: Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. 2003- present
- Jam-O-World Immersive
3D Game Exhibit: Zeum, San Francisco, CA. 2002-2003
- Jam-O-Drum Exhibit:
Experience Music Project Museum, Seattle, WA. 2000-present
- Circle Maze Exhibit:
Emerging Technologies, SIGGRAPH 2001, Los Angeles, CA
- Jam-O-Drum Exhibit:
Emerging Technologies, SIGGRAPH 2000, New Orleans, LA
- Jam-O-Drum Interactive
Music System, Design of Interactive Systems (DIS 2000) ACM
Design Center Think Tank, Essays on Design, Culture and Technology.
- Journal of New Music
Research, Swets & Zeitlinger, Lisse, The Netherlands
- Electronic Musician
Magazine, Emeryville, CA.
- CNET Technology News,
San Francisco, CA.
- The Net Magazine, Burlingame,
- MacUser, Foster City,
- Computer Life Magazine,
- New Media Magazine,
San Mateo, CA.
- Outside Magazine, Chicago,
Select Professional Speaking
- IRCAM: Institut de Recherche
et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, Paris, France 2008
- Studio for Electro-Instrumental
Music, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2007
- Stanford HCI Speaker
- PARC Forum Speaker Series,
- Push the Future Conference,
- New Interfaces for Musical
Expression Conferences (NIME), Vancouver, Canada, Montreal, Canada, and Dublin,
Ireland (2002, 2003, 2005)
- Mosaic Conference, Carnegie
Melon University, Pittsburgh, PA "Women in the Virtual World, Gender
and Game Creation"
- International Conference
on Entertainment Computing (ICEC), Pittsburgh, PA
- American Association
of Museums (AAM) Portland, OR "Creating Technology Exhibits that Foster
- New Paradigms for User
Computing (NPUC), IBM
- American Institute of
Graphics (AIGA), Washington, D.C.
- Banff New Media Institute:
Human Voice/Computer Vox & Navigating Intelligence Conferences
- Princeton University
- Napa Valley Arts &
- Virtuality & Play,
CCAC, SF, CA sponsored by Villa Tosca Design Center & SFSU.
- New Minds Festival Fall
Lecture Series, Yerba Buena Ctr SF, CA.
- University of California
at Santa Cruz, "Technology & World Music"
- Univ. of California
at Davis, "Impact of Technology on World Music"
- New Voices, New Visions
Jury for Intl Multimedia Submissions.
- ShowBiz Expo, LA, CA
- Virtual Reality Education
Foundation, SF, CA. "Interactive Music & V.R."
- Multimedia Expo, San
Jose, CA. "Convergence of Science, Art & Technology."
- Xerox Palo Alto Research
Center (PARC), Palo Alto, CA
- New Music Seminar, NY,
NY. "Effects of Virtual Reality on Music".
- University of Vienna,
"West Africa to Silicon Valley".
- Artist Residency: Studio
for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM), Amsterdam, Netherlands 2006
- Berkman Faculty Grant,
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 2005-2006
- Honored for inspiring
and innovative work in the sciences by Southwestern Pennsylvania Women and
Girls Foundation and the Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA Fall 2005
- California Arts Council
Recording Grant awarded to RhythMix Cultural Works 2001-2002
- Richard Saul Wurman's,
Who's Really Who: 1000 Most Creative Individuals in the USA 2002
Select Discography, Composition
and Sound Design
- "Fashion Africana",
Wabei Siyolwe, SoySos TuffSound Recording
- "Song of the Sea",
Sharon Knight, TransceJam Records
- RhythMix: "3 Rivers",
Asst engineering and composition for CD
- Earth Theater: Carnegie
Science Center - Soundtrack for Creataceous Chaos
- "Six Degrees of Freedom",
award winning SGI Virtual Reality Documentary
- "Like the Dust", XDot25
Records, Haunted by Waters.
- "Umoja" RGB Records,
Asst engineering and composition for DCuCKOOs CD.
Aisle of Women, D'Kayla, 3-D recording in Virtual Audio.
with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Elektra Records.
- D'CuCKOO with Brian
Eno & the Neville Brothers, Alpha Omega Studios, SF, CA.
- CD-ROM soundtrack, Medio
Multimedia "African Safari" CD.
- Film soundtrack, 20th
Century Fox documentary "The Making of the Abyss".
- Game Soundtracks for
SEGA Video games, "Captain Planet," "Little Mermaids".
- TV soundtrack contributor
CBS-TV "Peanuts Spring Training Charlie Brown".
- Theme music for National
Public Radio (NPR) syndicated shows "Software/Hard Talk with John Dvorak"
and "Radio: The Marimba".
- Theme music for Calendar
Public Service Announcements KPIX-TV.
- Voice-over: CD-ROM production
assistance for Computer Life Magazine.
- CD-ROM Quicktime video/audio
post-production for Random House Multimedia.
- Facilitator, Childrens
Hospital of Pittsburgh, Drum Circles for Children. Spring 2005 2006.
- Give Kids the World
Resort, advising/collaborating with students on creation of new media experiences
for children with life-threatening illnesses. Spring 2005 2006
- Co-organizer: DrumTalk
at University of Pittsburgh, May 2005. Included Master drummers in MiddleEastern,
West African and drumset techniques for workshops and performances with Mamady
Keita, Anicent Mundundu, Elie Kihonia, Cheikh and Assane MBaye, John
Chernoff, Tina Blaine and Tim Adams of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
- Bread & Roses: Volunteer
performer at numerous venues around the SF Bay area including drug rehabilitation
centers, womens shelters, AIDS hospices, hospitals and detention centers
for young people.
- Community outreach with
Rhythmix: includes performances for CARAL (California Abortion and Reproductive
Rights Action League), San Quentin State Prison, La Peña Cultural Center,
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Napa State Hospital, and the San Francisco
Women's Shelter. Since 1997, Rhythmix has reached thousands of elementary
school children with over 170 performances in approximately 80 San Francisco
Bay Area schools as a featured ensemble with the San Francisco Symphonys
Adventures in Music(AIM), Young Audiences of the Bay Area and
Bread and Roses programs.
- Salvador, Brazil, Intensive
study focus on Candomble', the Afro Brazilian spiritual tradition, with frame
drum instruction from Layne Redmond, Atabaque with the master drummers from
Bale Folclorico, and dance instruction with Rosangela Silvestre.
- Sado Island, Japan, RhythMix
Cultural Works Cultural Exchange Study trip: 2 weeks intensive study of Taiko
drumming, folkloric song and dance with KODO and Hana-Yui.
- Havana, Cuba, RhythMix
Cultural Works Cultural Exchange: Study trip focused on the folkloric drum,
dance and song of the Arara and Yoruban cultures in Matanzas and Habana, Cuba
with Amelia Pedroso, masters of bata, and Cuban folkloric music.
- Dakar, Senegal: Two months
percussion study w/Master drummers Meissa Thiube and Moussa Sylla.
- Dakar, Senegal, Congo/Brazzaville:
Two months study with master drummers and dancers from the Senegalese National
Ballet and Congolese National Dance Companies.