About Tiven

I am a composer, sound designer, podcaster, and vegetarian.  I now have 10 years of experience in each of these, except for podcasting, which has only existed for 4 years.

In 2003, I completed a BA in Music at the University of California at Santa Cruz, graduating with honors.  I studied composition with David Cope, David Evan Jones, Paul Nauert, and Hi Kyung Kim, as well as electronic music and production with Peter Elsea.  While in the electronic music studios, I gained proficiency in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Cakewalk, Kyma, Max, and other music software.  In 2002, I won Sound Horizons – a competition sponsored by New Music Works Santa Cruz – for my composition Nigun for the Victims of Terror. In 2003, I successfully produced a senior recital featuring over an hour of original compositions.

Following graduation, I moved to Southern California to pursue a career in film music.  During my two years there, I scored several independent films, edited sound and produced music for television, and interned with composer John Swihart (Napoleon Dynamite) and composer/sound designer Greg Conway.   During this time I learned that when composing for broadcast, writing is only half the process, and a high-level of production is equally important.

In 2005 I moved to Boston, where I have continued to score films and produce concert music.  Since the fall of 2006, I have been composing music for the Second Shift Podcast, a fantasy audio drama series that now stretches over 20 episodes.  For several years I have served as a board member for Juventas! a new music ensemble dedicated to the music of young composers, and in  2008, I launched and hosted the Juventas Podcast,