Aaron Arntz

Recent graduate from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (Masters of Professional Studies, 2015) and a professional musician. Highly proficient in programming, problem solving and creative thinking.



  • Javascript
  • React/Redux
  • Rasberry Pi
  • Node
  • Linux
  • Python
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Shell Scripting
  • Vim
  • Tmux
  • Git
  • Pro Tools
  • Max/MSP
  • Finale

Dabbled In

  • Haskell
  • Java
  • C++
  • Supercollider


  • quick learner
  • works well with new people
  • systematic thinker
  • organized
  • efficient

Work Experience (5)

Cactus Technologies
March 2017 - August 2017

Implemented a Full-Stack system for Lab100, an experimental lab for Mt. Sinai hospital. https://www.cactus.is/lab100/

  • Used React/Redux on the front end with React-Native on an Android Tablet. Used a Node server on the back end.

  • Sniffed Bluetooth from a medical device using a Raspberry Pi to capture packets and interact with a VR system.

  • Worked with many different technologies and systems.

Black Egg
October 2016 - December 2016

Implemented RFID connectivity and data collection for Senac conference in Rio De Janeiro

  • Used RFID card readers with Raspberry Pi to collect conference data

  • Set up mongoDB replica sets and utilized nodeJS clustering capabilities

  • Provided integration with third-party apps

  • Generated custom emails for conference participants based on daily interaction

Research Resident
January 2016 - February 2016

Used a character-level Recurrent Neural Network trained on a corpus of LilyPond music notation files to generate sheet music.

May 2015 - June 2015

Implemented a robust Twitter and Instagram hashtag counting charity campaign which raised $1.50 for each use of the hashtag #CJ150 for the Vietnam New Village Program totaling over $40,000

  • Developed the backend which counted and stored hashtag uses in a PostgreSQL database while live updating a website with the results

Professional Touring Musician
January 2000 - March 2018

Traveled the world as a touring pianist/keyboardist. Toured with Beirut, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Nikka Costa, Zappa Plays Zappa, Mike Doughty, Mike Patton, Priscilla Ahn, LNZNDRF, The National, and currently playing with Grizzly Bear.

  • Won a Grammy in 2008 for “Best Rock Instrumental” with Zappa Plays Zappa

  • Many television and radio performances

  • Designed many solid live-performance instrument setups and rigs

Education (2)

Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)
2013 - 2015
  • SOCIAL DATA ANALYSIS - Analyzed social data from social media using Python to implement many different statistical techniques and methods
  • GOVERNING DYNAMICS OF SOFTWARE - Designed programming languages while studying existing languages’ biases/strengths
  • THESIS - Developed a series of experimental meta-tools to create art/music which utilize ‘invisible’ data from our day-to-day use of technology
  • REDIAL - Developed telephone applications using Asterisk (an open source switching and Private Branch Exchange framework for Linux) on remote servers
  • API MASHUPS - Developed several one page web applications using popular APIs
  • DYNAMIC WEB SERVER DEVELOPMENT - Built and deployed an example Web Server to Heroku using Node.js
Jazz Studies
University of Southern California
1999 - 2003


Grammy - Best Rock Instrumental
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences


Computer Science

  • Functional Programming
  • Data Science
  • Systems Architecture
  • Experimental Development

Artificial Intelligence

  • Self-Driving Cars
  • Medical Diagnoses/Predictive Care

Machine Learning

  • Neural Networks
  • Generative Art