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Jeff Herriott

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B.A. Middlebury College; M.M. Florida International University; Ph.D. University at Buffalo (SUNY)


Jeff Herriott has a joint position in the departments of Music and Communication, is affiliated with the Film Studies program, and serves as the coordinator of the Media Arts and Game Development Program. Jeff’s primary areas of focus as an academic include music composition, various aspects of music technology, and music and sound for film, television, and video games.

Jeff’s primary area of research is in music composition. His works, which often include interaction between live performers and electronic sounds, have been described as “colorful…darkly atmospheric” (New York Times) and “incredibly soft, beautiful, and delicate” (Computer Music Journal). Jeff is a recipient of grants and awards from the McKnight Foundation, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the MATA Festival, and the American Music Center, and his music has been released on the Innova, New Focus, Albany, Centaur, and SEAMUS labels.

In addition to his concert music, Jeff has composed score and soundtrack music for feature films including Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell, and Brawl in Cell Block 99 and Dragged Across Concrete, both of which both premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Jeff is also a member of and composer for bands working in diverse styles, including the heavy metal outfit, Realmbuilder, and the sleepy rock duo, Bell Monks.

Classes Taught

Music Composition; Electronic Music and Sound Design; Sound and Image; Audio I: Fundamentals of Audio; Audio II: Advanced Audio Techniques; Audio III: Studio Production; Technology for Music Educators; Sonict New Music Ensemble