zircon (Andrew Aversa) is a composer, producer, and sound designer hailing from Baltimore, MD. Together with his wife, vocalist & songwriter Jillian Aversa, he creates award-winning original albums, video game soundtracks, virtual instruments, and remixes. They are joined in these endeavors by cats Tucker and Moo Moo (pictured, above).
As a composer for video games and media, he has written and arranged music for projects such as Soulcalibur V, Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix, and Monkey Island 2: Special Edition. His catalog has been licensed by TV networks like NBC, MTV, Fox, and Discovery.
The zircon discography encompasses 13 albums in an "organic electronic" style: a mix of organic composition, acoustic instruments and vocals with highly synthetic elements and technology. Albums like Antigravity (2007) and Identity Sequence (2014) have received multiple awards & nominations.
Andrew is the co-founder and lead designer of Impact Soundworks, where he develops sample libraries and virtual instruments for composers. His instruments and sounds have been used in countless albums, TV shows, major motion pictures, and blockbuster video games.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys helping aspiring musicians and students. He has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, University of the Arts, Towson University, and Drexel (his alma mater), and has spoken at conventions including the Game Developers Conference, Audio Enginering Society, and PAX East.
Selected Equipment List
|Custom-built i7-5920k Windows 7 PC (32gb RAM / All SSD)||Workstation|
|Custom-built Pentium-based Windows 7 HTPC||NAS / Server|
|FL Studio 11||DAW Software|
|Event 20/20s||Studio Monitors|
|M-Audio Oxygen 61 (2014)||MIDI Controller|
|Arturia Minibrute||Analog Synth|
|Native Instruments Komplete||Plugin Suite|
|Spectrasonics Omnisphere, Trillian, Stylus RMX||Virtual Instruments|
|u-he Zebra 2, Diva||Synth Plugins|
|Xfer Audio Serum||Synth Plugin|
|Goldbaby Urban Cookbooks Vol. 1&2||Drum Samples|
|Black Octopus Leviathan||Drum Samples|