The history of a girl that's here to save the world from sobriety and missed phone calls
The term polymath is thrown around a lot these days . . . and Ali hopes someone will throw it at her. She does many different, seemingly unconnected things and this biography will attempt to tie them together to explain one fabulously interesting person. Now, this may sound a bit conceited and that is only because Ali is, in fact, a bit conceited and she is the one writing this. Although she is not too conceited to know that anyone actually cool would have someone write her bio for her. OK, on to the facts.
The Early Years
- Ali was born in a town outside of Pittsburgh, PA and raised by two spectacular parents. (This is in here because Ali knows her mom is probably the only person that will read this.)
- At age three, Ali began studying dance taking tap, jazz and ballet classes.
- At age five she started playing the piano. Shortly after that she became a percussionist in her school band and then picked up the guitar and started taking voice lessons.
- When she wasn’t being a music nerd she was being a computer nerd, making websites and designing graphics.
- Dancing became a big part of her life in middle school when she joined a dance company in which she competed all through high school.
- Near the end of her high school career, Ali took classes in musical theater at Carnegie Mellon University. That experience influenced her decision to apply to the school.
- Ali went to Carnegie Mellon University to study Art. Her concentration was in sculpture and she also had a focus in Music Theory.
- Ok, that’s enough with the chronological. The rest of this is going to be grouped by subject to make it easier to follow.
THIS IS ALL THE VISUAL STUFF THAT ALI DOES
Ali has been doing a project called Free Paintings for four years. She takes requests online via email about what she should paint. She fills one request a day creating a 12x12″, bright, pop art, acrylic painting of whatever subject any stranger wants and posts it on her website. She then mails the painting to the requester for free. She doesn’t even charge for shipping. Requests are filled on a first come first serve basis (unless you decide to donate to help her continue the project) and the wait list for a free painting is now about 1,500 people long. So far, Ali has completed over 2,000 paintings for the project and still continues to create one square foot of art a day.
Other Visual Things
Ali does freelance design and art. She creates artworks and illustrations based on commission. She also designs logos, websites and graphics. (Yes, she made this website you’re reading right now.) Some of her art commissions and freelance designs can be seen in herportfolio. Though it is pathetically out of date because Ali is busy doing other things. She swears she plans on getting it updated soon. . . ish.
ALI IS STILL A MUSIC NERD
Ali has released four albums of music. Here’s the list of the first three followed by notable places her jams have been featured:
The Ego is an (objectively) catchy collection of pop/electro tracks. It’s dance music for smart people.
- Many of Ali’s songs have been featured on MTV’s Real World and Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club. (Here are a couple of examples.)
- “What’s Your Name” is included as a free song with the initial download of Google Music Beta.
- “I Want More” and “What’s Your Name” were played in PNC Park during Pittsburgh Pirates home games.
The album before that was a CD of dance tracks Ali was hired to create for a Pittsburgh dance convention called “Free of Style”.
- “Radiation”, from that album was used as a default ringtone for Android devices such as the Nexus One, Droid and Nexus S. The ringtone version is titled “Radiation by Spagnola”
The album before that was Ali’s self titled debut.
- “Robots for Everyone”, was also used as a default ringtone on the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 Android phones. There’s a3D animated music video Ali created for that song.
Ali has also contributed a track titled “Spagnola Orchestration” (sometimes titled “Radiation Orchestration”) to the suite of default ringtones on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 Android phones.
The Power Hour Drinking Game
When Ali was in college she started playing Drinking Game Concerts that she created by taking the idea of a “Power Hour” – drinking 60 shots of beer in an hour – and mixing it with a live show. She wrote 60 one-minute drinking songs and performs them live while people drink along with every song. Then, a man named Steve Roose claimed he owned the concept of a “Power Hour”, trademarked the term and tried to stop Ali from performing her Drinking Game Concerts and distributing her music. Steve also bullied other Power Hour creators getting videos taken off of YouTube, websites removed, software taken down and Ali’s music removed from Amazon and Rhapsody. Ali didn’t want to sit back and let Steve stop her from distributing her art. She started a company called Binge Responsibly, LLC and took Steve to court to free the game for everyone.
During this long legal battle, Ali recorded these 60 one-minute drinking songs to create her most recent release, The Power Hour Album. She also designed, developed and manufactured her new Shot Glass USB invention, a shot glass with a removable USB drive that holds The Power Hour Album. (It’s a shot glass. It’s an album of party music. It’s a drinking game. It’s a USB drive. It’s AWESOME.) This drinking game album and Shot Glass USB have received much critical acclaim on the intertubez.
After the release of her Shot Glass USB and 3 years of fighting Steve in court, the verdict of the Power Hour trademark case was announced. The court ruled in Ali’s favor! Power Hour is now free for everyone! Following the announcement, Ali launched a crowdfunding campaign and successfully funded her Freedom Victory Tour and traveled across the US celebrating the legal victory.
Ali hosts a web show titled “Most Googled Song” where she writes a ridiculous jam about the recent popular search term on Google. She also known for her One-Gal Band Covers where she performs popular hits playing all the instruments and cuing loops by herself.
THE THINGS ALI CURRENTLY DOES TO EARN A PAYCHECK (DON’T TELL HER EMPLOYERS THAT SHE’D TOTALLY DO THEM FOR FREE)
Video Game Artist
Ali had a “real” nine to five job. Though it didn’t seem real because she could basically wear pajamas every day to work and her office was filled with toys. She was an artist at a video game company. There she created graphics and animations as well as composed the songs for their video games. (Should that be in the “Music” section?) The most notable thing Ali worked on as a video game artist was the Toy Story Midway Mania game in Disney World. She created graphics and animations for the score board on that ride. After the announcement of Ali’s legal victory, she left this “real” job to pursue rock stardom full time.
While pursuing rock stardom, Ali also does contract work in sound design. She composes music and creates UI sounds, alarms and ringtones for mobile devices and desktop programs.
OTHER STUFF ABOUT ALI
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT DIDN’T FIT ANYWHERE ELSE.
- Ali is a member of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins Ice Crew
- Ali runs marathons.
- Ali’s decided she has to be bad at something so she picked driving.
- Ali is a terrible driver.
- Ali was once employed as a mannequin. Her job description was to stand perfectly still in a dress shop window.
- Ali takes cold showers.
- Ali knows pi to 50 places.
- Ali was also a competitive figure skater in her youth and could most likely kick your butt around an ice rink.
- Ali never matches her shoes. (Seriously.)
- Ali enjoys showing off her accomplishments and writing in the third person.