American music critic and visual artist. Hamad holds a master's degree in music theory from the Hartt School and a doctorate in musicology from Brandeis University. As a staff music writer for the
Hartford Courant, he covers popular music, jazz, "and whatever else sounds interesting." Hamad is also a guitarist and a visual artist who has devised a unique way of visually reimagining music in the form of "schematics"assemblages of words and symbols, created in real time, that graph his aural experience in two or even three dimensions. Hamad's artwork has appeared in the Village Voice, the Believer, and the New York Times. See also setlistschematics.tumblr.com.