Cogswell Polytechnical College Hosts Panel Discussion of Audio Industry Experts

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 3, 2009— Sound Advice is the brainchild of Cogswell Digital Audio Technology student, Daniel Codella, who wants to show students the diversity of opportunities open to them.

“It really breaks my heart to see talented young people, who are passionate about music, give up their dreams because they believe there are no opportunities for them,” said Codella. “I felt a need to take action so created a forum where those interested in this career field receive honest information about the music industry. Though the industry is in a state of change, and growing pains are to be expected, there are literally hundreds of different career paths available. Talent can't go to waste.”

If you are an aspiring recording engineer, songwriter, DJ, MC or producer, you won’t want to miss this unique event. Learn from the experts how best to prepare for the career you want.

DATE: Saturday, March 14

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Cogswell Polytechnical College, 1175 Bordeaux Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

RSVP: Call 408-541-0100 ext. 155

The event begins with a screening of the critically acclaimed film, Before the Music Dies ( A question and answer period with the panel members will follow the film. Panel members will also talk about where they see the industry now and what trends they see emerging in the future.

Panel members are:

Jason Slater – Founding member of Third Eye Blind, music producer for the film, Can't Hardly Wait, music director on the original soundtrack for the Activision PlayStation game, Interstate 76, current band member of Snake River Conspiracy and Brougham. He has produced and engineered albums for Queensryche, Good Charlotte, and Smash Mouth.

Dale Everingham – Songwriter and veteran engineer – known locally as “D-Wiz” – has been instrumental in the development of the Bay Area hip hop scene. He has written beats and engineered for nationally known hip hop groups including E-40 and Too $hort. He has also produced albums for Mazzy Star, Boyz II Men, and En Vogue.

Dr. Timothy Duncan – Composer, performer and educator who has won numerous awards for his original compositions. He is the founder and director of Cogswell’s Digital Audio Technology program. As an educator, he advocates the use of global digital technologies to promote inherited and diverse cultures along with popular cultures as our mainstream culture.

Dr. Don Diekniete – Composer and songwriter, currently employed at Leapfrog Toys and Games. Recently did music and sound for their Kung Fu Panda line of products.

Alex Wilmer – Director of Video Game Audio at Berkeley Sound Artists (BSA) ( where he heads the Gaming/Multimedia Division. Wilmer has been credited on over 30 films as sound designer, mixer and sound effects editor. He has also composed music for companies such as Skype and Storia Inc. At BSA Wilmer has managed sound design and music composition work for major companies including Midway Studios-Austin and Paleo Entertainment. In late 2007, Wilmer helped reform the San Francisco IGDA by creating the SF IGDA organizing committee and bringing in local developers.

Doug Wright – Doug brought his energy and talent to Cogswell in the summer of 1993 as a major in Music Engineering Technology. Before he graduated, Doug was offered a job at Be, Inc. the maker of Be Box and BeOS, and was on his way. He spent several years there creating demonstration programs. In 2003, Doug and two other audio engineers founded Sonoma Wire Works ( They set out to develop an easy and fun recording application for guitarists that would allow them to get their ideas into the computer. The result was RiffWorks, winner of numerous industry awards. The company’s new online collaboration community, RiffWorld, received a Best in Show – Trendsetter Award at the 2008 NAMM Show.

About Cogswell Polytechnical College

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Cogswell offers bachelor degree programs in Digital Art and Animation (with majors in Game Development, Animation and Modeling), Digital Audio Technology, Digital Arts Engineering, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering. With a distinguished 122-year history in California, Cogswell has always been highly regarded by the industry for its hands-on learning approach. It is well known for its capacity to adapt its programs and to educate its students to meet the demands of changing workplace environments.


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