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Composer-turned-community leader, digital designer, event director, and supporter of affordable education and game industry accessibility. I aspire to be a student and educator simultaneously, for as long as I can. I am a MUSE scholar that graduated from CUNY Hunter College in May 2020 with a BA in Media Studies: Emerging Media, and a minor in music. I'm in the middle of applying to MPA programs, focusing on nonprofit administration. I was also recently a part of the 2020 Cohort of the CUNY Startup Accelerator 

 

I am a big advocate for video games as art and the next great form of storytelling. I'm also a fan of puzzles. I love music theory exercises because I view it as musical note sudoku. 

 

I have a few of my papers here, including a more recent one about ludomusicology (my new favorite thing) and a paper about storytelling as ritual- how video games are closer to folklore and ancient storytelling than the written word. 

 

Don't get me wrong, I love novels. I love stories of all kinds, visual art, dance, theater, film, animation (not just Japanese animation, I swear)... My 5th-grade teacher told everyone I would be a writer someday. He wasn't wrong, but I'd rather write a Dungeons & Dragons campaign or lore for a game than a book. And then give it a soundtrack.

 

I'm also the founder of the Esports and Game Design Collective, which is pretty cool. You can read a bit about my journey with that here as well (aka, all I wanted was a small game design club but instead I became a CEO of a nonprofit - or - the story of the time I was forced to learn how to play League of Legends). The EGD's Game Studio Program Fellowship, and the Waffle Games are my two pride and joys of the organization.  

Cool Places and People I've Worked for:

 

Super Leauge Gaming

Games for Change

Paley Center for Media

Project DragonFruit

Game Builders Academy

Brooklyn Children's Museum

Done some contract work on the side for Andbox, Liveware Labs too. I also founded and ran Hunter College's Tespa chapter and International Game Developer's Association chapter,  and periodically volunteer with the Girl Scouts.

Things I Know

 

Graphic Things: Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Spark), GIMP, Blender, Cinema4D, Autodesk Maya, Canva, 

Sound Things: Logic Pro X, MuseScore, Finale, Audacity, GarageBand, BFXR, Reaper, Soundcloud, FL Studio

Video Things: Adobe (AfterEffects, Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush), iMovie, OBS, Twitch, Youtube

Code/Dev Things: Unity (C#), p5.js, Processing, HTML, GameMaker 8.1, GameMaker: Studio 1, RPG Maker VX Ace, Webs, Wix, Wordpress

Business/Social Things: Microsoft Office, Acrobat, Discord, Facebook for Business, G-Suite, Instagram, Pinterest, Hubspot, Blogger, Tumblr, Twitter/TweetDeck, Slack, Skype, Zoom

 

I play cello and electric bass, too. 

 

Relevant Courses I've Taken / Continuing Education (Most Recent At Top)

 

Digital Storytelling @ Hunter College
Graphic Novel @ Hunter College

Sound Design @ Hunter College

Socially Engaged Games @ Hunter College

Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom @ Columbia University

3D Virtual Environments @ Hunter College

Game Programming 2 @ Hunter College

Orchestration @ Hunter College

Intro to Music Technology @ Hunter College

Imaginary Worlds @ Hunter College

Scoring for Video Games @ NYU

The Music Industry @ Hunter College

Game Design and Programming @ Hunter College

Music Theory 2 @ Hunter College

Media and Politics @ Hunter College

Digital Design and Usability @ Hunter College

Media and Film in a Digital Age Pt. 1 @ Hunter College

Music Theory 1 @ Hunter College

Concepts in Gaming @ Hunter College

MUSE Scholar Seminar @ Hunter College

Music Theory Fundamentals @ Hunter College

Introduction to Computer Science for the Digital Arts @ Hunter College

Introduction to Media Studies @ Hunter College

Exploration in the Arts @ Hunter College

Legal Issues for Game Developers @ Playcrafting NYC

Introduction to Sound Design for Games @ Playcrafting NYC

Introduction to Music Technology Summer Music Intensive @ Lebanon Valley College

Cybersecurity @ Drexel University

Introduction to Programming and Web Design @ Hofstra University 

 

Kyra

Jade

Composer and Digital Designer
New York, NY 10010

© 2018 by Kyra Wills-Umdenstock

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