Mark Snyder is a Musician, Video Artist, Writer, Engineer, Producer & Teacher living in Illinois. Mark’s multimedia compositions have been described as “expansive, expressive, and extremely human. As a producer, writer, engineer, and performer, his discography includes world, electroacoustic, pop, rock, classical, and country records. A quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year Award, Mark has guided his students to success in music, including a Morton Gould Young Composer Award winner, a capstone paper published in the journal Metamorphis, and three students taking second place at the Nashville AES Mix Competition. Mark earned the DMA from the University of Memphis, MM from Ohio University and a BA from Mary Washington College. He currently is an Instructor at Northern Illinois University.
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.”