al's brief bio

instruments of investigation

I am a naturalist in the Victorian sense of the word - one who is curious about the phenomena around him, and who engages in active experimentation to investigate them. I have constructed or accumulated a wide variety of devices to investigate the unseen forces around us, including ultrasound, radiation, ultraviolet, and a wide range of radio frequencies.

My major field of study in college was anthropology (primary concentration in archaeology, with a secondary concentration in linguistics), with a minor in music.

My career path has taken me from professional archaeologist (my master's thesis, Prehistoric Fishweirs in Eastern North America, is online), to computer repair technician, to (currently) radio electronics technician in an electromagnetic interference lab.

I am also an amateur ethnomusicologist and professional musician; I currently play with several klezmer ensembles (including over 10 years as a guest musician with the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble), as well as comprising one half of the duo Rosetree (Celtic, Americana, Eastern European, Scandinavian and other world folk styles) and one third of the trio The Playford Gang (early music). My primary instruments are clarinet, guitar, and Irish whistles; i also play Turkish saz, and studied sitar with a Hindustani (classical Northern Indian) master for two years.

archaeology 1985-2000
archaeology
PC repair 2000-2006
computer repair
EMI 2006-present
electromagnetic interference technician

I live with my wife Marie in Johnson City (near Binghamton), New York in the northern Appalachian region. In addition to playing music together, we are both avid stereo photographers. We are both on the crew for, and perform at, the New York Faerie Festival.

My hobbies include electronics and radio-frequency monitoring; i am a licensed amateur radio operator, and former President of the Binghamton Amateur Radio Association. I enjoy spending time in my workshop on the repair, maintenance and construction of everything from electronic circuitry to musical instruments, and enjoy time outdoors hiking, backpacking, bicycling and foraging for wild plants and mushrooms.

workshop

If you'd like to know anything more, and my web pages fail to elucidate it, feel free to contact me at email address.

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