The goal of the Sound Arts and Industries Advisory Board is to share their knowledge about current trends in sound-related industries, to guide curriculum, and to forecast the skills and abilities that Sound Arts and Industries graduates will need to secure jobs post-graduation. The Board’s recommendations will ensure that the Sound Arts and Industries program’s curriculum is at the leading edge of the field and that our academic engagement opportunities are set to best position our students for jobs.
Ryan Biziorek is an Associate consultant with Arup – a global consulting engineering firm. He leads the Acoustics, Audiovisual, and Theatre consulting practice in the Chicago office. He has been involved in providing technical expertise and project management skills for various building types. Ryan brings over 10 years of experience in performing arts design, building service noise analysis, room acoustic modeling, public address and audiovisual systems design. He holds a BA in Physics from Kalamazoo College and an MSc in Sound & Vibration Studies from the University of Southampton, Institute of Sound & Vibration Research.
A Chicago-native and Northwestern graduate, Ryan Brady is the President of the Nice Life Recording Company, an independent record label founded in 2014 in Los Angeles, California. He is also the co-founder and co-host of the hit Beatles podcast Take It Away: The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast. Ryan spent ten years in marketing at Atlantic Records rising from Executive Assistant to Vice President. In 2012, he co-founded an artist development department called The Shop which broke artists Ty Dolla $ign, O.T. Genasis, and Meg Myers, among others.
Sandra Fox is a Foley artist and a resident at Footsteps Post-Production Sound Inc. in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada where she has been studying her art under some of the best in the business. She has worked on various feature films, television shows, and web-series (some recent credits include The Greatest Showman, Hostiles, and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale), and is an active freelance artist in the Toronto film scene. Drawing from her passions to both perform and to teach, she hosts Foley workshops and internships within the community (including an intensive internship program with Northwestern). She also currently teaches in the Advanced Filmmaking Program at Durham College.
As Universal Pictures’ President of Film Music and Publishing since 2010, Mike Knobloch oversees all aspects of music and soundtracks for the studio’s film titles. With over 20 years of experience, the GRAMMY nominated Music Supervisor/Producer’s notable career highlights include supervising the music for four of the top six highest grossing films of all time worldwide including Avatar, Titanic, Jurassic World, and Furious 7.
Most recently, Knobloch oversaw the music for the animated musical Sing, which includes an unprecedented 60+ licensed songs, as well as the original song “Faith” by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande — the former’s first song for a film in 25 years. Prior to Fifty Shades Darker’s release this past Valentine’s Day, Knobloch oversaw the rollout of the film’s soundtrack, which included the Zayn | Taylor Swift international #1 hit “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker).” In 2015, Knobloch managed the music for Universal’s diverse slate of films, which garnered numerous records on the music charts. For the No. 6 film of all time, Furious 7, the soundtrack’s lead single “See You Again” has sold over 5 million units worldwide, spent a record twelve weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and was nominated for several GRAMMYs. The soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack produced two multi-platinum singles in “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding and “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” by The Weeknd, which also hit No. 1 on iTunes in 97 countries, selling more than 4 million albums and 11 million singles worldwide. The soundtracks for Pitch Perfect 2, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Furious 7 held the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 positions, respectively, on the Billboard Top 200 Chart – an unparalleled accomplishment for soundtracks in the 21st century.
Since joining Universal in 2010, Knobloch’s film music credits include Despicable Me 2, which produced a global phenomenon with the Academy Award-nominated song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (14 million singles worldwide); the second-highest grossing stage-play-turned-movie-musical of all time, Les Miserables; the musical sensation of Pitch Perfect, and its multi-platinum single “Cups”; and the No. 1 musical biopic of all time, Straight Outta Compton, just to name a few.
Prior to joining Universal, Knobloch served as Executive Vice President of Film Music at 20th Century Fox. His film credits during his 14-year tenure at Fox include The Devil Wears Prada, Drumline, Walk the Line, and the franchises X-Men, Ice Age and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Knobloch is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also serves on the board for both the GRAMMY’s National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and MusicCares. In 2005, he founded the film-scoring curriculum of the Grammy Foundation’s “Grammy Camp” – a summer program that provides high school students with hands-on experience in a variety of disciplines of the music industry. He was also awarded Music Supervisor of the Year in 2016 by MUSEXPO / Shazam.
Knobloch received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.
Gregg Latterman is a music and entertainment industry entrepreneur. Upon graduating from Kellogg, Gregg negotiated a joint venture with Columbia Records and signed Train, Five for Fighting, John Mayer, and Mat Kearney to his independent record label, Aware, founded in 1993. In 1999, Gregg built A-Squared Management that directed the careers of artists such as The Fray, Michelle Branch, Liz Phair, Brandi Carlile, Jack’s Mannequin, Mat Kearney, and Five for Fighting. The artists Gregg has signed/or managed have sold over 30 million CD’s. Gregg was one of the early entrepreneurs to combine music with television, film, and advertising campaigns. Gregg worked with the network ABC to bring The Fray’s video of the song “How to Save a Life” into promotional spots for the popular television show “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Gregg graduated in 2013 with a Masters in Positive Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania under Martin Seligman and now teaches “Positive Entrepreneurship” at Northwestern University. Gregg also teaches a course for the Farley School of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern titled, NUvention: Entrepreneurship for the Arts; the class will be offered to students from the following schools: Kellogg, Medill, Bienen School of Music, School of Communication, McCormick School of Engineering, the Law School, and select undergraduates. In addition, Gregg is an Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management as well as Program Lead for the Zell Fellows (2nd year MBA’s who are building companies) New Venture Track.
Gregg has written two recent articles, one was written for Techstars titled, “The Soul of an Entrepreneur” and the other was “Find Your Calling in Life, Be an Entrepreneur.
Angel Investments currently include the following companies: Popular Pays, Limitless Coffee, Truex, NATIV/Pairade, Music Audience Exchange, Reverb, Teamsnap, Lost Arts, Teamsnap, Rise Science, StageIt, MightyNest, King-Devick Test, Luna Lights, Reverb, Cleveland Kraut, and TextUs.
Steve Milton is an award-winning creative leader and entrepreneur working in brand experience and innovation. He is the co-founder of Listen, a NYC based agency working with companies and artists to build deep relationships with their audiences. Milton has helped launch, grow, and reposition some of the world’s leading products and brands including Microsoft, Tinder, Virgin, HoloLens and Jim Beam.
Milton’s sensory-driven approach to brand has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Wired and The Verge, as well as SXSW and CMJ where he has led industry panels on creative collaboration, interactive design and the future of music, art and technology. His work helps audiences understand the profound emotional connection we have with sound and music particularly, and how it helps us relate to products, brands, innovation, and the world around us.
As a performer, Milton has toured internationally and his music has been recognized by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and others. He has collaborated with a number of musicians and artists around the globe to create immersive experiences and innovative installations.
Milton earned a Master’s degree in Musicology from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied postmodern theory and new media. He is a mentor at the New Museum’s incubator program, NEW INC, and he sits on Grammy nominated ensemble A Far Cry’s Board of Friends.
Tom Myers was a Radio/TV/Film major at Northwestern, graduating in the class of 1980. The foundation for his future work was formed by his experience there as a film student, and by Professors like Dana Hodgdon and Paddy Whannel. After graduate work at San Francisco State and with aspirations of being a picture editor, he got a job at a local film lab. This led to an entry level position at what was then George Lucas’s Sprocket Systems and is now Skywalker Sound. Over the course of a 30 year career Tom has done almost everything in Post Production Sound. He has worked on all types of motion pictures, (live action and animated), multiple theme park installations and most recently has explored sound story telling in VR. He has cut, designed, mixed, recorded Foley, wild sound effects, ran crews, budgeted time, resources and money, as well as worked with some of the top filmmakers of the last few decades. More importantly he has learned from some of the greats in this field, including Ben Burtt, Walter Murch, Gary Rydstrom and Randy Thom. He has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards, as well as receiving multiple BAFTA, CAS and MPSE honors.
Steve Pardo is a professional game composer and audio designer currently residing in Boston, MA with his wife, Amy, and two kids. He is employed at the music video game studio Harmonix Music Systems as Lead Composer and Sound Designer, and is a Composer/Co-Founder of the bespoke game audio team SkewSound.
Steve has served as Audio Lead at Harmonix on titles including Rock Band VR for Oculus Rift, and Super Beat Sports for Nintendo Switch, both titles where his music gameplay designs and prototypes heavily influenced the game’s core mechanics. His early audio design work is showcased in both the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises, and he has composed the original soundtrack for games such as Grim Dawn (Crate Entertainment), Gigantic (Motiga), Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney), Chariot (Frima), The Magic Circle (Question), and Fated (Frima), among others.
Outside of game development, Steve is incredibly active in the game audio community at large. He is an assists teaching VR/AR audio at MIT, and has given talks on game audio, composition, and music design at various institutions including the Berklee College of Music, NYU, and Northwestern University, and Boston Post Mortem.
Steve is also an active and performing/recording saxophone player, and currently leads his own group, the Steve Pardo Trio. He also plays electric guitar with Opal Puckett, and was a member of Spirit Kid from 2010-2012.
Steve studied at the University of Miami, FL, where he received his Bachelor’s in Studio Music and Jazz (2006), and his Master’s in Studio Jazz Writing (2008).
Three time Grammy®Award nominee Alexandra Patsavas founded Chop Shop Music Supervision in 1998 and quickly earned a reputation for raising the bar in the quality of music selected for television series and feature films, including: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl,” “Mad Men,” “The Twilight Saga,” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. Patsavas’s current Music Supervision projects include television series “Scandal,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Riverdale,” “Supernatural,” and the feature film “Wonder”. She has been profiled in Wired, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Billboard, NPR, and MTV. Patsavas currently serves as Chair of MusiCares.
At Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound, Gary Rydstrom has sound designed and mixed many films, including “Terminator 2,” “Jurassic Park,” “A River Runs Through It,” “Toy Story,” “Quiz Show,” “Titanic,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Star Wars: Episode I,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Finding Nemo,” and “War Horse.” He has won seven Academy Awards for Sound and Sound Editing, and Career Achievement Awards from both the Cinema Audio Society and Motion Picture Sound Editors. For Pixar Animation Studios, he directed two shorts, the Oscar-nominated “Lifted,” and “Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation.” For Studio Ghibli, he directed the English-language versions of “The Secret World of Arrietty,” “From Up on Poppy Hill,” and “The Wind Rises.” Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, Gary developed a love of film, and its blend of art and science. He is a graduate of the School of Cinema at the University of Southern California, and continues to be involved in film education.
Adam Sachs is Chief Operating Officer of Team Coco – a comedy media company founded by Conan O’Brien that creates TV series, podcasts, live events, standup specials, branded digital content, and more. As COO, Adam leads the company’s day-to-day strategy and execution. He also serves as Executive Producer of Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, which debuted at #1 in the Apple Podcast charts.
Before joining Conan, Adam served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Chernin Group where he was tasked with identifying and evaluating opportunities for investment and helping existing portfolio companies with their strategy and execution.
Prior to joining The Chernin Group, Adam served as CEO of Midroll Media, a leading podcast company that produces and monetizes some of the world’s most popular podcasts, including “WTF with Marc Maron” and “Comedy Bang! Bang!”. Midroll is the parent company of Earwolf, home to top-ranked comedy podcasts, “Katie Couric”, and the country’s top parenting show, “The Longest Shortest Time.”
Adam led Midroll Media through bootstrapped growth and innovation including the launch of the podcast industry’s first premium subscription service, Howl, dubbed the “Netflix for podcasting” by Fast Company. Under his leadership, Midroll in 2015 was named No. 150 on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies and the No. 4 fastest-growing media company. Adam also led the company through its July 2015 acquisition by The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP).
Prior to joining Midroll, in 2007 he co-founded the company that became the largest dating site in India, which was acquired by IAC in 2013. He was named one of Inc. magazine’s top “30 Entrepreneurs Under 30” in 2011.
Adam also hosted his own podcast, “The Wolf Den,” focusing on starting and growing a new business.
When he’s not working, Adam can be found exploring Los Angeles with his family, playing basketball and tennis, trying new restaurants, cold-brewing coffee, talking startups, listening to podcasts, and watching a lot of TV.
Adam graduated from Northwestern University where he double majored in Radio/TV/Film and History.
Jon Tatooles is a 1989 graduate of Northwestern, with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the School of Communications. He is co-founder of Sound Devices LLC, a specialty electronics manufacturer based in Wisconsin. Sound Devices audio and video products are used worldwide for film and television production. Jon developed and managed sales, marketing, finance, technical support, and brand strategy for the company. He was managing director for its first 15 years.
Jon is a regular lecturer and industry expert on audio and video production tools and technology, including best practices for audio dialog recording, surround sound recording, and production workflow for television and film sound. He is a member of the AES (Audio Engineering Society), SBE (Society of Broadcast Engineers), and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Jon is a mentor with Madison Entrepreneur Resource, Learning, and Innovation Network (MERLIN), an organization of the University of Wisconsin-Madison which serves as a resource to entrepreneurs in the Madison and UW communities.
Prior to starting Sound Devices in 1998, Jon worked for Shure Inc. of Niles, IL. His first job at Shure was answering customer service calls on their 800 number. He held several positions, including manager of Shure’s mixer and signal processing products group.
Jon was introduced to motion picture shooting and editing as a young boy by helping his physician-father hot-splice 16 mm films of experimental open heart surgeries. A self-described gear geek, he continues to be actively involved in video production, still photography, and music. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his family.
As executive director and co-founder of the Third Coast International Audio Festival since 2000, Johanna Zorn has been committed to the development of contemporary audio culture for more than three decades. Previously she spent 30 years at WBEZ, Chicago, producing and directing a wide variety of programs. It was during her tenure as executive producer of the award-winning public affairs series Chicago Matters that Zorn began working with audio documentary-makers and set her sights on creating a Sundance for Radio. In 2009, she led efforts to transform Third Coast into an independent media arts organization.