Edgar David Grana

Composer, collaborator

Works include:
Moments: A Tribute to José Limón, Lincoln Center; Six Pieces for Piano, Symphony Space; Stones, Time and Elements: A Humanist Requiem (with Kurt Vonnegut and Michael Brecker), Newport Classics; Lyric Episode for Orchestra, Bedford Springs Arts Festival, PA; music for Budd Schulberg’s On the Waterfront; String Quartet No. 2


Seminar in Musical Choices

Guiding students toward designing a sound environment that is properly connected to their thesis project is the premise of this course. Animation and motion graphics students will work with a sound accompaniment to support the story line and the motion of characters, or abstract visual elements involved in their thesis projects. Fine artists, web designers and installation artists can achieve a strong musical refer- ence point in order to formulate a soundtrack that speaks to their creative work. Students will learn how to make music choices for projects that will guide the artistic vision or to enhance the already conceived image. Note: The composition of original music is not required.

Sound Design

The fundamental principle of sound design is simply to explore the possibilities for underscoring an image or time-based work. There are principles of music that work with time-based media (motion graphics, animation, stop motion, networked media), interactive media and games. Topics for the principles of music include: selection and use of prerecorded material, creation of music and audio content, the connection of music and sound production for animations, websites, DVDs and videos, as well as music inherent in illustration and photography leading to developing the final track. Discussions will center on the differences between working with sound in a narrative or interactive environment, along with the static images of illustration and photography. Note: The composition of original music is not required.


  • BA, Washington & Jefferson College; MFA, University of Iowa; MM, Juilliard School


  • Chicago Film Festival; First International New Music Festival; Platinum Record, Winger