About

Mark Snyder is a composer, performer, producer, songwriter, video artist and teacher living in Fredericksburg Virginia. Mark’s multimedia compositions have been described as “expansive, expressive, extremely human, ….Snyder’s compositions attract performers who resist to works with electronics as well as audiences who don’t think they want to hear computer processing.” Dr. Snyder is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Mary Washington teaching courses in electronic music, composition and theory. He earned his D.M.A. from the University of Memphis, an M.M. from Ohio University and a B.A. from Mary Washington College. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

Despite what you may think about electronic composers, Mark Snyder does not work in a laboratory. His music does not offer cross-sections of frequencies or waveforms, nor does it mix technology & the canon inside a closed petri dish. Instead, Snyder produces soundscapes that envelope the viewer, and charged arrangements keyed specifically to the moving image. Space is occupied, and space is offered.

Works such as Harvey and Alluvium are acutely aware of the passage of time, of duration, and successfully venture beyond the establishment of a mood. Working in conjunction with found and computer-generated video, Snyder moves seamlessly between high and low influences, and the realms of “art” and popular music. Put simply, it is his mission to engage the listener, as much to experiment with the esoteric forms and technology particular to his discipline.

Academic Activity

Teaching

University of Mary Washington - Fredericksburg, Virginia

Assistant Professor of Music, 2011 – present

University of North Alabama - Florence, Alabama

Assistant Professor of Entertainment Industry, 2010 – 2011

Delta State University - Cleveland, Mississippi

Assistant Professor of Music Production & Technology, 2007 – 2010

Current Course Blogs

Education

Mary Washington College - Fredericksburg, Virginia

B.A., Music, May 1997

Ohio University - Athens, Ohio

M.M., Composition, August 2003

University of Memphis - Memphis, Tennessee

D.M.A, Composition, May 2007

Service/Administration

  • Conferences Recruitment Officer, Society for Electroacoustic Musicians in the United States (2016 – present)
  • Founder and Director, Electroacoustic Barn Dance (2010 – present)
  • Founder and Director, Electroacoustic Juke Joint (2005 – 2010)
  • Tennessee Chapter President, National Association of Composers, USA (2005 – 2009)
  • Founder and Director, Imagine II (2003 – 2005)
  • Board Member, Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts
  • Board Member, Rude Mechanicals of Fredericksburg

 

Current Projects

Albums

Production Work

Aaron Taylor

Six-song EP of Southern Gothic folk songs, with performances by Aaron Taylor (vocals/acoustic guitar), John Borchard (pedal steel/baritone guitar), Joshua Camp (piano/accordion). Released in 2015. @thebiggdi

Los Wemblers de Iquitos

Four-song EP of a celebrated cumbia amazonica band from Iquitos, Peru. To be released in October 2016 by Barbes Records.

Malhombre

Sleepy-rock EP of six songs written by Frederic Blasco, former member of Interpol, April March, Depedro and Magnetic Morning, with band members ranging from former members of Sparklehorse to current members of the Richmond Symphony.

West Work

A series of fully-orchestrated, 90’s-inspired rock songs written by my good friend Joshua Camp.

Albums

Other Albums

Bands I’ve played with in the past include One Ring Zero, Dirtball, Easychair, Spike the Dog, Grief Birds, and Edison’s Talking Machine.