Musician closely associated with New York City's "no wave" scene of the 1970's and 1980's. He is known for his work with bands like 8-Eyed Spy and The B52's.
He graduated from Grinnell College and earned a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for international study.
He has written numerous scores for film and television, including the Nickelodeon animated series Rocko's Modern Life.
His parents let him use the family garage for band practices.
He attended workshops held by avant-garde composing legend John Cage while living in Paris.