College of Charleston Music Industry Series to Explore Art of Composing Music for Film and Television

The College of Charleston’s IN THE MIX speaker series will once again delve into the nuances of the music business with Commercial Licensing and Scoring on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m at the Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309 (54 Saint Philip St).

Composer, producer and adjunct faculty member Nathan Michel will discuss the intricacies of his work as a composer for film and television.

Michel is a composer and producer working in a range of musical styles including classical, rock, experimental and ambient. His band, Hospitality, has released two full-length albums on Merge Records, and toured worldwide. Rolling Stone named their debut album a top record of 2012. Michel has also released four solo recordings of experimental pop music on the labels Sonig, Tigerbeat6, Skipp and Tomlab. Pitchfork called his solo music “daring, but highly listenable.” A classically trained composer, Michel received a Ph.D. in composition from Princeton and also studied at the Yale School of Music, The Royal Conservatory in The Netherlands (with Louis Andriessen) and Bowdoin College. He was a featured composer for the 2014 Ecstatic Music festival and has also written pieces for the Now Ensemble, the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, and others. His score for Lana Wilson’s film The Departure was described as “haunting” by the New York Times. His most recent work includes composing the music for Bud Light’s “Dilly-Dilly” Super Bowl commercials and the score for the film series A Cure for Fear, which premiered this month at the Camden International Film Festival. Michel teaches Songwriting for the College of Charleston’s Music Department and Introduction to Audio Production for the Arts Management Program, which now has its own dedicated recording studio. He lives nearby with his wife and two children.

IN THE MIX sessions are presented by the Arts Management program in the College’s School of the Arts. All sessions are free and open to both students and the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Since 2014, IN THE MIX has explored timely and engaging topics impacting the musical landscape on both a local and national level, all while exposing audience members to industry insiders with real world experience and insight. Recent sessions have examined songwriting compensation, the music streaming business model, and the emergent Charleston music scene, while former guest speakers include Darius Rucker, Cary Ann Hearst and Jeff McClusky. A full list of previous and upcoming sessions at artsmgmt.cofc.edu/student-opportunities/in-the-mix. The sessions are mediated by Grammy Award-winning musician Mark Bryan, who is an artist-in-residence in the arts management program.

The College’s arts management major offers students who are musicians or interested in music management the opportunity to pursue a music industry concentration, with courses like Introduction to the Music Industry, Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry, Music in the Marketplace, History of the Recording Industry, and more. For information, visit artsmgmt.cofc.edu or call (843) 953-6301.

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