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Music for New Media: Composing for Film, Web & Game Design
WHERE: Economic Development Center, 1506 Kanawha Blvd,. W.
WHEN: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Capital city music scene mainstay and noted local music instructor Chuck Biel is kind of on the comeback trail. After suffering a serious health setback earlier in the year that took him out of play for a while, Biel is pushing forward with new music and a new project -- teaching music composition for film, Web and game design.
Biel will oversee a two-day workshop this weekend at West Virginia State University's Economic Development Center. The class is offered through the Creators Program, a collaboration between the Arts Council of Kanawha Valley and the West Virginia Film Office.
The gazz spoke with him about the workshop, getting back on his feet and branching out with a different kind of music.
Q:You had something of a health scare, didn't you?
A:"I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve and wasn't really diagnosed correctly until about two years ago. Everything was fine, but then I had an aneurysm near it. The doctors went in to work on the aneurysm, but I had some microsuture bleeding issues.
"I was supposed to be up and walking by that evening, but they had me opened up in the cardiac care unit from 8:30 on a Monday morning until 1:30 in the afternoon on Thursday."
Q:Didn't that kind of scare make you want to pull back from music some, maybe at least turn the volume down?
A: (Laughs) "No. It's like I was reborn. I was working with four bands before I went in and, if anything, I'm more driven now. I've been systematically approaching getting them all back up and running, and I'm playing a new instrument now.
"I'm playing a harpejji, which has 24 strings. With one of them, you can make sounds like the really esoteric stuff by Pink Floyd, but also sound like Chick Corea and Patrick O'Hearn.