Boston, MA (August 30, 2012)-Berklee College of Music has named Michael Bierylo chair of the college's Electronic Production and Design Department (EPD).
Bierylo, an electronic musician, guitarist, composer, and sound designer, has been a Berklee faculty member since 1995 and member of the band Birdsongs of the Mesozoic since 1991. In his new role at the college, he intends to embrace advances in video game design, software development and all aspects of computer music and video performance.
"Music technology is a moving target, and while new trends tend to disregard what precede them, EPD looks to celebrate all avenues and vintages of electronic expression," says Bierylo. "We look to both analog and digital systems, lo-fi and hi-fi. Our students design software for iPads and hack Speak and Spells. They create thumping dance tracks, interactive audio-visual installations, and inspired sonic landscapes for video games."
Electronic Production and Design (formerly Music Synthesis) teaches the musical and creative use of electronic production and sound design tools and technologies. Working in professional-level 5.1-equipped studios, classrooms, and labs, students learn electronic composition, synthesizer programming, interactive performance systems, digital signal processing, music with integrated visuals, alternate controllers, and more.
Bierylo's commercial work includes music and audio production for Hasbro Interactive, the Smithsonian, Nickelodeon, and the Oxygen Network, as well as music and sound design for the Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster at Universal's Islands Of Adventure. As a composer, Bierylo's work has been featured on A&E's Biography, the Learning Channel, and Martha Stewart Living. Recent projects include work on the films "Granito," "The Reckoning" and "Traces of the Trade," all featured at the Sundance Film Festival.
Bierylo holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music and has completed additional studies in jazz composition and audio engineering. A Berklee faculty member for over 17 years, he received the Music Technology Division Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003, and was the 2009 recipient of a Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship.
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