Michael Bierylo, who has created soundtracks for Hasbro, Nickelodeon, and an Incredible Hulk roller coaster, has been named chair of 's Electronic Production and Design Department (EPD).
In his new role, he will embrace advances in video game design, software development, and computer music. He's been a faculty member since 1995 and member of the band Birdsonds of the Mesozoic since 1991.
"Music technology is a moving target, and while new trends tend to disregard what precede them, EPD looks to celebrate all avenues and vintages of electronic expression — our students design software for iPads and hack Speak and Spells," Bierylo said.
His commercial work includes music and audio production for Hasbro Interactive, the Smithsonian, Nickelodeon, and the Oxygen Network, as well as music and sound design for the Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster at Universal's Islands Of Adventure.
As a composer, Bierylo's work has been featured on A&E's Biography, the Learning Channel, and Martha Stewart Living. Recent projects include work on the films Granito, the Reckoning, and Traces of the Trade, all featured at the Sundance Film Festival.
Bierylo holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music and has completed additional studies in jazz composition and audio engineering.