Who is zircon?

Biography

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

Gear Type
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
Beyerdynamic DT-880 Headphones
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