Horchata is the name used by Michael Palace for his electronic music compositions. His music focuses on four major elements: complex beat music, dark ambient soundscapes, programmed compositional glitch music, and field recordings. Often a composition will include several of these elements. Palace has worked for a number of years as a research scientist at the University of New Hampshire's Complex System Research Center as a tropical ecologist working in Amazonia. During his numerous field visits to the rainforest, he has recorded sounds, often using these in compositional pieces. Palace also is involved with theoretical ecological modeling and has developed programs to look at resource use and extraction and mutualism between fig trees and pollinating wasps. Modification of these computer simulations have yielded some interesting sound generating and compositional programs which are featured in newer recordings by Palace.