Apart from being a life-long aeroplane fanatic, I also play guitar, bass and keys, am really into building recording studio gear and effect pedals ( www.butterflyeffectpedals.com) and am a music obsessive.
I much prefer listening to vinyl and have a rather nice stereo setup.
I used to make and test lasers for a living, but now make the aforementioned stompboxes.
Favourite bands include Cocteau Twins, Boards of Canada, Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, The Posies, The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Velvet Underground, Brian Eno, Lush, early REM, Rain Parade, Radiohead, Joy Division, New Order, Bowie, Television, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Kraftwerk, Mogwai, The Chameleons, Low, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Durutti Column, Cluster, Harmonia, Beach House, early Black Sabbath, Doves, Hammock, Hawkwind, I Am Kloot, Massive Attack, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Nick Drake, Neil Young, etc.
I'm also into nature and wildlife in a big way. I have a hyperactive brain which doesn't know when to shut up, and the only time I can relax is when I'm in the countryside with only the Mrs and the wildlife to keep me company.