Deep questions energize me.
I have been engaged with philosophical questions since my high-school days. As a composer I'm concerned with aesthetics and the philosophy of art. What makes a work of art touch a person? What makes it successful, or not?
Three major philosophical influences: Plato, Spinoza, and Wittgenstein. As a teenager I got hooked on Plato's Dialogues.
Some of the books that triggered and fed my interest in aesthetics.
As an undergraduate at Columbia University I wrote some analyses of particular novels and musical works. More recently, an aesthetic of rising and falling tension has informed my application of storytelling principles to computer software. Of course, it also informs my film script.