Adam Shield

Composer and Audio Engineer
Adam Shield, a composer and audio engineer, received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition with a minor in Music Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. There he studied with the great Reza Vali. During his freshman year in 2010, his very first string quartet won the Carnegie Mellon University Composers String Quartet Competition. He repeated this victory in 2012 with his third string quartet. He also earned an honorable mention in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Reading.

Mr. Shield has composed numerous compositions in a vast number of styles. These works often explore rich timbral and rhythmic complexity, aggressive drive, and surrealistic undertones. He is now a second year graduate student in the Carnegie Mellon University Master’s Degree in Music Composition. He continues to study with Professor Vali as well as renowned audio savant Professor Ricardo Schulz.

Mr. Shield has written music for contemporary dance and has additionally worked extensively with electronic sounds. He designed his own electronic instrument, the Computone, as well as a sound art installation at Kennywood Park. Currently, he is producing two studio albums, one of his own music; developing the programming for his concerto for piano and electronics; and composing the score and serving as audio engineer for Habit Forming, an independent film.

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February, 2016

The story of two female best friends. Watch as they grow close, fight, make up, support each other, and fail to support each other.

October, 2014
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