Renowned Film and TV Composer Gary Chang Discusses the Future of Music at Berklee College of Music

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Accomplished film and television composer, Gary Chang, (http://www.garychang.net) accepted an invitation to address the students at BostonÂ?s esteemed Berklee College of Music from November 1st Â? 11th. ChangÂ?s seminar continues the efforts of BerkleeÂ?s artist-in-residence lecture series, which aims to bring in the leaders in respective musical fields to speak with and teach students.

Accomplished film and television composer, Gary Chang, (http://www.garychang.net) known for his extensive work with the late John Frankenheimer, and most recently on Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital for ABC, accepted an invitation to address the students at Boston’s esteemed Berklee College of Music from November 1st – 11th. Chang’s seminar continues the efforts of Berklee’s artist-in-residence lecture series, which aims to bring in the leaders in respective musical fields to speak with and teach students. Other Music Technology Division artists-in-residence include electronic composer and film scorer, BT, as well as Nathaniel Kunkel and George Massenburg.

Chang addressed the students in the Music Technology program, discussing with them his body of work, the nature of the industry, and the changing face of music in today’s technological age. Chang also provided insight and knowledge to Berklee’s Film Scoring majors.

Chang is a perfect match for Berklee’s program, having vast experience as both a sound engineer and composer. His years working in engineering have given him the proper insight to speak on virtually any subject in the music technology field. Chang also built and works from one of the most technologically advanced home studios in the world, utilizing hardware from Daking Audio, Blue Sky Labs and TC Electronics, his studio has been featured in publications such as Electronic Musician. Chang’s film and television work, ranging from the classic teen feature, The Breakfast Club, to the recent ABC Steven King series, Kingdom Hospital, allows him to speak in detail on how the entertainment business really works and provide an insider’s perspective.

Berklee is the only college to offer an undergraduate degree in film scoring, and it’s one of the fastest growing majors in the college. Six film scoring labs offer students the opportunity for hands-on-study in the areas of film music composition, editing, and sequencing, and of computer applications incorporating digital audio. Some of the technical specs include two 16mm six-plate flatbed Moviola editing machines, a complete 35 mm lab with 35mm Moviolas, editing bench with rewinds, syncs, sound readers and splicers; two computers featuring Auricle film scoring software and three screening rooms with keyboards and video playback. There is also a dedicated digital audio editing lab using DigiDesign ProTools hardware and software.

“I am flattered that such a well known and deeply revered institution such as Berklee extended me the opportunity to teach their up-and-coming musicians,” said Chang. “I feel that electronic music is the future of the film industry, and it was great to get back into the classroom and share my knowledge. I actually found myself being challenged by Berklee’s students and learning something myself!”

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Gary could make the trip to Berklee and I know the students appreciated learning from someone with such long and impressive credentials. Gary’s in-depth knowledge of scoring for the film and television industry, and his deep technical knowledge of the audio systems involved made him a perfect choice to address our students,” said Stephen Croes, Dean of Music Technology at Berklee.    

Gary Chang, an esteemed musician and composer, is one of the entertainment industry’s most celebrated soundtrack artists. Chang’s style uses an array of innovative expressions by incorporating atmospheric sounds with a variety of instruments and melodies. He has been scoring films since 1984, and has over 70 film music projects including 19 feature films to his credit.

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