Adam Shield

Adam Shield

Composer/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.

Adam 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 graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s Degree in Music Composition in 2017.  There he studied with Reza Vali as well as renowned audio savant Ricardo Schulz.

Adam is the composer and audio engineer for “Habit Forming,” an independent film, and also for Otaku, a video game. He has also written for contemporary dance.  In addition, Adam has worked extensively with electronic sounds, including designing his own electronic instrument (the Computone) and a sound art installation at Kennywood Park, Pittsburgh.

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.  He teaches music technology at Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton in Gretna, LA.  He lives in New Orleans, LA with his wife Surrae.

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