Ghost Voices


Ghost Voices is about my autistic son David. It's not about awareness (everybody is aware of autism), it's about ACCEPTANCE: accepting autistic people for who and what they are so they can be productive, happy people in society when they grow to adulthood, and advocating for the needs of people with autism and their families.




David Benedict is a fighter pilot in a dystopian future who crashes his jet during World War III. Although he dies, his memories are downloaded into an armored robotic body designed to explore distant solar systems. His mission: Make first contact with alien life.

Years go by, and his optimism fades as he slowly spirals into insanity. Memories that had been erased with psychological conditioning begin to re-emerge, triggering feelings of rage and betrayal.

8 years in the making, my friends, fans and reviewers are calling this my "masterwork".



Electric Man
[Outer Space]...12/31/99...11:35.P.M...ENTER ELECTRIC MAN...Moving at speeds beyond our comprehension, he nears our solar system.
[Los Angeles, Von Beck Observatory]...11.55.P.M...Leopold Von Beck, ancient astronomer broadcasts The Beacon, a signal he has been transmitting to the stars for nearly 25 years, in the hopes of contacting alien life.
[Near Earth]...11:58.P.M...Electric Man receives the signal, at first only faintly. As he moves towards it, it grows stronger.
[In Orbit]...12:00.A.M...Electric Man decides to answer the beacon. Instantly he enters the circuitry of the main transmitter, flowing through wires until he reaches Leopold in the control room. He enters into Leopold’s nervous system and mind...



Inner Travels

A man , whom we will refer to as the Traveller, suffers a massive brain aneurysm on his way to work the very day he decides to quit his job. Surrounded by the masses of humanity on a busy New York sidewalk he quietly collapses and loses consciousness. When he awakens, he finds himself in the midst of a vast desert. He doesn’t know it yet , but this is his SOUL. Years of neglect have turned his once lush, beautiful spirit into a wasteland.

My only true solo project, all the instruments and vocals are mine.




The odyssey of Ulises Santiago, an undercover FBI informant from 1975 to 1985 until he disappeared shortly after his last covert operation.

Odiseo is a concept album sporadically recorded by Dave Ryder and Dan McHugh from April of 2008 until August of 2010. It is a modern day version of The Odyssey, with the songs and storyline reflecting the events that occurred in Homer’s epic poem.



Brightest Skies

A collection of songs recorded from 2004 to 2006.

Kent Hall: Drums
Don Cole: Keys and Brass
Dan McHugh: Bass
Dave Ryder: Guitars, Keys and Vocals



The Black Side of the Moon

A mash-up combining the vocals of Jay-Z (The Black Album) and the music of Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon).

We Got Money - blends "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" with "Money".
Cant Breathe - blends "99 Problems" with "Breathe".
No Time - blends "Allure" with "Time".
Any Colour U Like - blends "Interlude" with "Any Colour You Like".
Never On The Run - blends "December 4th" with "On The Run".




Songs recorded for Chris Pirillo and web things that interested me (like Twitter and Tumblr). These are things I didn't spend a lot of time on, to be honest.

COMP has multiple meanings for me on this project: composition, compilation album, comping chords and compression to name a few. (And COMPlete crap).



The 8 Track Tapes

I'm slowly dredging up the gems gleaned from the best of my old Tascam 38 8-Track recordings and putting them on this album.

Some of the musicians involved include: Chris Rose, Don Cole, Kent Hall, Dan McHugh, Bill Clark, Tommy Wilson, Tommy Hellman and Keith Halley.