Favorite bands :
-----The True Great Ones-----
My personal favorites include: Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Satie, Liszt, DeBussey, Pachelbel, Tchaikovsky
Mode st Mouse, Bob Dylan, Pinback, The Shins, Deftones, Pink Floyd, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, Ennio Morricone, Doves, Radiohead, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Jethro Tull, Minus The Bear, Sparta, The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In, Tool, Mastodon, The Rolling Stones, Gorillaz, Aphex Twin, ....and so, many ....many, more.
Favorite guitarists :
Stevie Ray Vaughan. Hands down the greatest who has ever lived.
Favorite tv :
Band of Brothers, Cosmos (old Carl Sagan version), Newer Cosmos series, The Civil War (Ken Burns documentary)
Favorite movies :
Schindler's List, The Godfather, Patton
I have always had a huge passion for, and love of, music theory and have played guitar for over 20 years.
Contributions to Musicology.
When I was about 16 or 17 years old I developed my own musical theory with a foundation that was based upon the circle of fifths. It involved a purely mathematical technique of using geometrical equations and identities to determine all notes comprising every possible type of chord. It was very useful (especially for beginning musicians) because it allowed one to learn any chord's notes, regardless of whether or not prior knowledge of the chord was known.
I am currently writing an academically-oriented book (i.e a textbook) on music theory. The book covers the most dynamically involved aspects, and an entirely broad range of theoretical concepts in music. Including content derived from the historical approach and understanding of music theory and modern day comparisons and interpretations of its evolution.
Grad student meteorology.
I am writing a text regarding celestial mechanics and Johannes Kepler's Laws of planetary motion (but yes I'm a meteorologist). eek! Fingers please don't fall off!
I love creative music. I like music associated with "odd" or "irregular" themes e.g., accidentals, time signature changes, syncopated/rhythmically dynamic and interesting structures, like playing 6/8 with 5/4, for instance, dissonance, key signature variations, creativity with melodies, etc. If I were forced to choose, classical music would be the genre I (by far) most appreciated (and I listen to it all the time whilst doing research, etc.).
As a musician, those types of techniques draw me towards that type of music from the difficulty involved in writing it. I appreciate it and love it!