I studied music history and composition as an undergraduate. Since then, my relation to music has been almost strictly avocational: performing with the Madison Opera chorus in several productions (most notably Falstaff, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Romeo et Juliette, Die Fledermaus, and Madama Butterfly), doing some arranging for friends and family, and experimenting with computer music. I have a few electronic compositions online that I wrote under the pseudonyms “madcap ontic” and “William Afham” -- the material ranges from demos and sketches to more polished songs. You may download this music (and leave feedback) by visiting (If you want to support February Album Writing Month, you can check out this madcap ontic song on iTunes!). If you're interested in writing software to make music (or to process sounds), you may enjoy this article about my experiences developing an Audio Unit DSP effect.