Christiaan Clark is currently working on his PhD in Digital Composition where he also received his Master of Arts in June 2018. He obtained his Bachelor of Music at the University of Delaware in both Music Composition and Guitar Performance with a Minor in Jazz Studies. Currently pursuing his childhood dream to work on audio for video games, he recently worked as a Sound Design Intern at F84 Games in Van Nuys, California, and has since worked for them as an independent contractor. His love of video games inspires his entire artistic aesthetic -- the perfect melding of intelligible and sensible beauty.
His work as a composer has often branched away from work with video games, as he had the pleasure to compose incidental music for the 2014 Delaware Shakespeare Festival production of Hamlet and well as score and music supervise various other film projects since moving to the Greater Los Angeles area. Christiaan has used his time at UCR to enhance his knowledge of digital tools for music production and video game design, which will culminate in many exciting and unexpected projects for his dissertation and beyond.
Ethan Castro is a PhD student in Digital Composition at University of California, Riverside. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition from California State University, Fresno, and a Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration from California State University, Northridge. Ethan serves as Vice President of EDGE Original Inc., Graduate Studio Manager of UCR’s EARS facility, and was previously the Vice President of the Riverside Philharmonic. EDGE Original Inc., is a conglomerate of entertainment companies including EDGE Sound Research, EDGE Studios, EOI Records and EOI Music Publishing.
For his doctoral studies at UCR, Castro is changing the way that audiences experience music by developing groundbreaking techniques and specifications for tactile audio systems via his startup, EDGE Sound Research. He is also spending time during his graduate studies to research the effects of communal music-making, and has led multiple songwriting camps at EARS that brought UCR students and professional musicians from the Greater Los Angeles area together to collaborate.