Hello! I'm Erik Mallinson.

This is a very flattering picture of Erik. I like to draw, write, design, program, and make music.


MIT OpenCourseWare

I identify technical solutions to improve the usability and functionality of MIT OpenCourseWare, drawing from a broad background of problem solving and technical skills to evaluate emerging technology, provide technical assistance and advice, and ensure all published materials meet established standards. Visit MIT OpenCourseWare

Astral Fish

I wrote tiny songs for your phone, aka ringtones. I love the idea of mini-compositions and well-designed alert tones and decided to start selling my creations. Visit Astral Fish

Gravel Road Studios

My wife and I made cards for all occasions for ten years, combining ink, watercolor, and humor, and eventually a letterpress.

Sonic Heart

In 2004 I co-founded Sonic Heart, a music magazine focused on the Boston electronic music scene. We developed high-quality, independently produced monthly issues in print and online. I designed and managed the site as well as wrote the occasional review.


I've written music under the moniker Ammegand for many years. In some ways Astral Fish is Ammegand 2.0 for me. You can listen to some of my music on


A social network before social networks existed. Coacalina started in 1999 as a place where artists could interact with each other and interested parties, share, and sell their work. In 2004 I decided to focus on other pursuits - primarily Sonic Heart.


I've done freelance illustration, web design, and content strategy consultation. I've also been featured over at 37Signals and Minimal Mac. I like making sketch notes, playing roguelikes, and spending time with my family.


I studied electronic arts and photography at Hudson Valley Community College before transferring to The School of The Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston where I studied sonic arts and painting. I've periodically taken classes on subjects such as Children's Book Illustration and Music for Wellness since then.