Virt

I am a large, awkward, soft-spoken nerd. I can compose 5 minutes of MIDI music in an hour from scratch, I can transform Street Fighter II music into smooth jazz, I can transform Final Fantasy music into Queen, and I can write for live orchestras. This is a questionable set of talents, and the fact that I can make a living this way is insane. Whatever, we live in the future.

My entire life has been spent obsessively working on music. I taught myself to sight-read notation, play piano, guitar and bass, mix and master, and program synthesizers and computers. As a teenager I became active in several online creative communities (including OCRemix and the PC Demoscene) where I developed the habit of freely sharing my music with anyone kind enough to listen. In addition to studying music theory, I also maintain strong interests in math, linguistics, computer graphics, and electronics. I enjoy learning more than anything else, so I read a lot.

The game industry has kept me gainfully employed for 15 years, as both an external freelancer and a full-time studio composer — usually both at the same time. Most recently, I was the audio director at WayForward, helping to build an audio department from the ground up. Although I’ve enjoyed complete autonomy and some huge opportunities there, I’ve recently decided to focus on diverse and challenging contract work as a free agent.

I live in Los Angeles with my adorable wife, Kris (a science major, Whovian, hardcore gamer, and anime nerd) and our incorrigible dog, Nugget (a beagle, pug, glutton, and unapologetic miscreant.)