About Goose

Here are some of the questions that I am often asked. Perhaps these will be useful to you.

So why the name "Goose"? The short answer is because I like geese. I really don't know why. I like that they are kind of goofy looking and that they bite people. However, they are also quite graceful. I really just like waterfowl in general. I am also particularly fond of ducks.

How do you make your music? I have a basic studio at home with Adobe Audition, a mixer, a Korg Wavestation keyboard, an Oberheim Matrix 1000 analog synth module, and various other sound sources (singing bowls, windchimes, etc.). However, the main component of my creative process is a handheld voice recorder that I use to make field recordings. I sample pretty much everything. I have recorded people talking loudly on their cell phones, people on the bus, squeaking doors, rainstorms, and even the birth of my sons. Needless to say I have more sound source material than I can ever use, but that doesn't stop me from collecting still more. I used to use a tape recorder, but it died and the replacement was nowhere near as durable. However, before it died, I used it to record a trip between San Francisco and Fremont on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). People thought I worked for CalTran and I got a lot of puzzled looks as I hung a small microphone over the handrailing in the train car.

What is your day job? I am currently a stay at home dad. I was previously an assistant professor of communication at the University of South Alabama, specializing in rhetorical theory and criticism. I still publish research; if you're interested, you can read it at academia.edu. Sometimes my students found out that I perform music and wonder what it sounds like. Some of them liked it, some of them didn't. Either way, it reinforced the image of an eccentric professor. I even managed to perform on the student television station as Stolen Light. Maybe one of these days I'll have to put together a compilation of experimental musicians that have Ph.D.'s. There are more of us than you would think.