Doing Things Differently...
Emphasis on Ergonomics, Biomechanics and Balance

My interest in biomechanics arose from personal experience playing bass guitar. I had always found conventional bass guitars uncomfortable. They balanced poorly and forced my body into awkward positions. My background in art and creative problem solving had taught me to question conventional approaches, so it was natural that I would attempt to design my own instruments with better biomechanics in mind.

I believe that an instrument should be designed to acommodate the natural contours and positioning of the human body. When I build, I imagine the ideal playing posture and let the design unfold from there. The design emerges in response to the "comfort zone" or ideal playing position for the musician.

Simplicity of Design

When I design, I like to remove anything extraneous and to create an instrument that is as simple, uncomplicated and as solid as possible. This makes the instruments both less expensive and more reliable.

Challenging Musical Assumptions

Really good music can be made within a very narrow range of notes — an octave or less — as found in the music of indigenous cultures around the world. An instrument does not require the wide range of pitches commonly found in western classical music. I try not to let my designs be constrained by traditional notions of range and pitch. Sometimes a narrower range of note choices will create greater musical success.

I’ve always been attracted to the quality of “sound” as a form of artistic expression and many of my sensory toy instruments reflect this. Even if a toy only has one note, but that note is fascinating, I will design around it.