I'm a PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Wheatley Lab at Dartmouth College. I am researching how we understand emotion in music, movement, and other sensory modalities. I'm also working on figuring out how neural processes come to constitute our experience of being in and acting on the world. My assumption is that experience is fragmentary and incomplete, and by studying experiential lacunae—mind wandering; amnesia; hallucinations; delusions—we can make sense of how our brains work.
I am also a composer. I help organize Indexical with Andrew C. Smith and David Kant.
Bouncing Ball is open source software for comparing the dynamics of music and movement as described in Sievers, B, Polansky, L, Casey, M, & Wheatley, T (2013). Music and movement share a dynamic structure that supports universal expressions of emotion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(1), 70-75.
Morphological Metrics is a Ruby implementation of metrics described in Larry Polansky's article Morphological Metrics. Larry's work on Morphological Metrics is of interest for anybody who wants to quantitatively compare contours; I came to it as a composer and continue to return regularly as a scientist.
Ruby PCSet is a simple Ruby library for performing musical pitch-class set theory operations. It has a few nice things which similar tools lack, including evaluation of some properties described by Balzano (coherence, uniqueness) and Huron (aggregate dyadic consonance).
The source code for many of my algorithmic compositions can be found on my GitHub compositions page.
My master's thesis, containing research which became the basis of Sievers et al. (2013): Follow the Bouncing Ball: Music, Motion, and Emotion.
Sometimes I am a mixing and mastering engineer. I've worked on Larry Polansky's album The Theory of Impossible Melody, Kui Dong's album Since When Has the Bright Moon Existed?, and an album by Brendan Landis called Slow Names.
I have made some art. Every Tour of Elysian Park, volumes 1 and 2 was a project for the Elysian Park Museum of Art. I wrote a computer program to combinatorially generate every possible tour of Elysian park, and printed out the first 10,000 possible tours. The printouts were exhibited at the LACE gallery in Los Angeles, California. Recording boxes for Mondrian and Travel recording with contact microphones: from Brooklyn to Den Haag were two collaborations with Joanne Cheung exhibited in Carry-On, a David Horvitz show at Galerie West in Den Haag, then at Maison populaire near Paris, then again at Galerie West in Den Haag.
As an undergraduate in the Music Synthesis department at the Berklee College of Music, I wrote a introductory guide to sound synthesis with examples in PureData: A Young Person's Guide to the Principles of Music Synthesis.
While working with Studio CLA in Phnom Penh in 2003-04, Parker Barnes, Eli CP, Ben Lerer, myself, Yun Theara, Savy Ouch, and numerous other talented Khmer musicians recorded an album. Here's a San Francisco Chronicle Magazine article about the project. And here's the All About Jazz review.
Please feel free to email me, especially if you'd like more information about a study, a paper, or a composition.