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Chanel Summers

Part -Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

Interactive Media & Games Division

Chanel Summers began her career as a pioneering designer and producer of video games, developing innovative products ranging from high-performance 3D vehicle simulations, to action/arcade platform games, to hardware peripherals while working at early industry-leading companies such as Mindscape, Velocity and Mattel Media.

Recruited to Microsoft in the late '90s, Summers was responsible for the release of their first multiplayer Internet game, Fighter Ace, a precursor to the rise of online gaming. Summers was subsequently selected as the company's first Audio Technical Evangelist, in which capacity she was responsible for launching innovative audio technologies such as DirectMusic (a revolutionary method of creating and delivering interactive music and sound design) and also dramatically increasing the use of Windows as a platform for audio creation.

With the inception of Microsoft's Xbox game system in 2000, Summers was tapped to help design and promote the audio capabilities of the new hardware and to create the industry's first support team for content creators: a team of graphic artists, sound designers, composers and game designers who would work with the development community, coaching game creators to take advantage of the capabilities presented by Xbox. As a result, Summers became a widely recognized figure in leading industry organizations, as well as the published author of a number of articles and technical white papers

After leaving Microsoft, Summers co-founded Syndicate 17, an audio production house based in Seattle and Los Angeles that specializes in writing and producing original scores, cues, and sound effects for everything from films and television shows to video games and web sites.

In addition, Summers is also a highly sought-after professional drummer, recording with and performing frequently in a number of nationally touring bands, working alongside such bands as Missing Persons, The Dreaming, Smile Empty Soul, The Last Vegas, Endless Hallway, and Vast, and showcasing in festivals ranging from CMJ to SXSW.

Summers is a frequent lecturer at both music and technology industry events around the world, as well as at leading educational institutions, captivating audiences as diverse as SESAC, Trinity College (Dublin), the Dublin Institute of Technology, The Irish Music Rights Organization and the Seattle Interactive Conference. Summers also sits on the advisory board for The Academy of Entertainment and Technology at Santa Monica College.