American composer for various television shows and films who has worked on many episodes of The Simpsons. He also worked on Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Alf.
He was a singer in his high school choir and played the French horn in seventh grade before later studying mechanical engineering at North Dakota State University.
He received the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers' Golden Note Award in 2011.
He was born in Minneapolis and was raised in Jamestown, North Dakota.
He has contributed music to many films including the 1985 film Weird Science, starring Anthony Michael Hall.