Game Music & Sound Design Collaborative

Connecting musicians and game creators

Welcome to GMSDC!

The GMSDC is sponsored by the UNCG Network for the Cultural Study of Videogaming and offers students interested in gaming, music, and sound design a place to meet and collaborate. Students from all disciplines are welcomed.

The Collaborative hosts several meetings each semester: an introductory meet-and-greet for interested participants, two to three game jams, and an end-of-semester showcase where students share their work with faculty and industry professionals. Additionally, each year the Collaborative hosts a guest speaker from the game composition or sound design profession. 


El Rich

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Dr. El Rich works at the intersections of musical genres. With a mixed background as both a guitarist/songwriter and composer/arranger, El combines the sounds and idioms of folk and popular music with classical and experimental ensembles.

El’s compositions have received performances at the American Dance Festival, World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional Conferences, Society of Composers National and Regional Conferences, and many other festivals and events. El often integrates electronic and acoustic media, especially within interactive environments using Max/MSP and Pd.

As a guitarist and songwriter, El draws inspiration from across the varied genres of American, British, and Celtic folk and popular traditions. El is guitarist, mandolinist, and songwriter for progressive folk band Winterbirds.

El received a Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Find out more at


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Recent Event

Presentation by Dylan Hairston, Sound Designer

April 16, 2024 @ 7PM
Music Building Room 221

Hear a presentation and ask questions about careers in gaming!

Past Event

INterest Meeting

November 3, 2023
Music Building Room 221

If you can’t attend but are still interested in joining, contact Dr. El Rich at [email protected]

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