Compose Music for New Media at WVSU Creators Program Workshop

Contact: Kimberly Osborne  
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Jan. 17, 2014
Compose Music for New Media at WVSU Creators Program Workshop
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Learn to write music for video games, websites and other new media platforms at “Composing for New Media 102” with composer, performer and producer Chuck Biel at the West Virginia State University (WVSU) Economic Development Center (EDC) Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This workshop will teach participants how to successfully take their passion for music and navigate the musical world by using these tools with clarity and confidence,” said Biel. Participants will discover the meaning behind such terms as loops, sequences, sampling, MIDI, ASDR and sync, as well as how to implement these devices in your creative endeavors.

The workshop, part of WVSU’s ongoing Creators Program series, is a continuation and refinement of topics discussed in the 101 workshop, with the addition of character development through music, additional information on sequencing, programming a music workstation, and how to use music studio hardware and software programs. Prior participation in the 101 workshop is not required.

Biel is an experienced musician with numerous film composing credits under his belt. He has instructed and arranged for a number of acclaimed performers, including actress Ann Magnuson and musicians Jerry Flowers and Brad Miller. He has composed for award-winning filmmakers Danny Boyd and Bill Richardson. For a period of 10 years, Biel served as Composer in Residence for the Charleston Stage Company. He has worked as a college instructor of music and recording arts, and has performed with such organizations as the West Virginia Symphony and the Mountain Stage Band.

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation that will count as two units toward a Creators Certificate, awarded after the completion of 20 Creators Program workshop units.

Launched last year, the Creators Program is a series of community workshops focused on essential skills and knowledge needed to create for mass media and art. WVSU partners with the Arts Council of Kanawha Valley and the West Virginia Film Office on the series. Workshops are designed for people of all skill levels, including students and others interested in expanding their creative endeavors.

The cost to attend the workshop is $20. Students are eligible for a discounted rate of $10, and registration is requested for all. To register, visit and click on “The Creators Program” tab.

The WVSU EDC is located at 1506 Kanawha Blvd. W. in Charleston.
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