Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Welcome to the Class of 2018!

Mike and I, along with the rest of the sound design program, are delighted to introduce our two incoming students. Garrett Hood and Jordan Tani will join us in the fall as the MFA Class of 2018! Welcome to both of them!

Garrett is a recent graduate of Ohio University, where he received a BFA in Production Design & Technology with an emphasis in sound and lighting design. During his time at Ohio, he composed music and designed sound for eight shows, including All This IntimacySwimming in the Shallowsbobrauschenbergamerica, and Blood Knot. In addition, he became enthralled by working on new plays after designing and assisting numerous times on the Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights Festival. Outside of school, Garrett spent a summer at the Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod, where he designed eight shows (including two musicals) during their 2014 season. Some of these credits include Kiss Me Kate, Blood Knot, Twelfth Night, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. During the summer of 2015, he can be found in Ithaca, NY, serving as the sound design fellow at the Hangar Theatre. Garrett has a strong preoccupation with the sounds of everyday life, as well as creating new sonic environments with textural music and sound. He loves composing music, making strange sounds, and experimental photography. Garrett is ecstatic to be joining the sound design department at UCI, and to be finally rid of the unpredictable Ohio winters of his childhood. Some of his work can be found at http://ghhdesigns.com

Jordan Tani is a sound designer, projection designer, musician, performer, foley artist, and composer with experience in recording and mixing sound/music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Literature and Technology from the University of California, San Diego. He approaches his designs by combining naturalism with a strong musical background to create a stylized sound that affects the experiences of both performer and listener. He is most interested in creating realistic and natural soundscapes that transport the listener into the unique world of the story, whether that be through theatre, animation, or purely sound itself. In his free time, he is a composer and performer of taiko. He practices other instruments including cello and shinobue and tries to find the time to relax and play the occasional video game with friends.