I, Gregory Rossetti, go by Gregg. I'm a composer, producer, and teacher who specializes in creating both classical and commercial music, as well as occasionally performing. My musical accomplishments include performances of concert music in venues across the U.S. and Canada, several commercially-released albums, as well as composing/producing hours of music for video games, web-comics, and films.
I'm also an adjunct professor, having taught classes in popular music (rap and rock history and culture), music theory (including orchestration), music technology (DAWs, virtual instruments, Sibelius, recording technology, video game & film music, Max/MSP), general music, and composition. I also keep a studio of private students, holding weekly lessons via Zoom. I have a PhD in music composition from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, an MA in theory/composition from Montclair State University, and a BA in theory/composition from Muhlenberg College.
My music has been performed by Newband, Nouveau Classical Project, Englewinds, and more.
“Mandatory Metal Moments: The Ubiquity of Heavy Metal Culture in Video Games” is now published!
Also, my (video) paper, “The Unexpected, the Unusual, and the Unknown: Using
Unconventional Timbres to Build Extra-Terrestrial Worlds,” will be given at MaMI on May 27th.
I have a lot of upcoming scholarly activities scheduled for next year!
*My article, “Mandatory Metal Moments: The Ubiquity of Heavy Metal Culture in Video Games” will be in an issue of the Journal of Sound and Music in Games
I will also be giving the following three presentations:
*"Console to Stage: Arranging Video Game Arias for Live Performance," 20 min lecture recital with Madison Drace, 2023 CMS Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (Largo, MD)
*"The Multimedia Composer: Realizing Scores with a Virtual Ensemble," 20 min talk, 2023 CMS Northeast Regional Conference (New Haven, CT)
*"(Chip)songs Without Words: Hearing Four-Part Rock Form in 8-bit NES Chiptunes," 20 min talk with Richard Anatone, North American Conference on Video Game Music (DeLand, FL)
And, some of my arrangements for soprano and string quartet will be performed at NACVGM 2023
I'm currently setting up a new studio in NJ so I can have in-person clients again.
I'll be teaching four virtual classes this summer for middle & high school students. See the blog for more information!
I defended my dissertation, therefore I'm officially Dr. Rossetti.
GameSoundCon was a blast! I enjoyed presenting my research in the Game Studies track, where I discussed how town themes in early RPGs evoke a sense of culture and place.
I just digitally released a new album, entitled "Misdirection." It consists of 14 eclectic compositions. For more information, check the discography page.
Have been live-streaming my video game music composition process on YouTube. A playlist of archived streams is here.
Congratulations to three of my students!
Conor Allan came in first place in his division in the Hunterdon County Young Composer's Competition, Lauren Batiste came in first place in her division for classical guitar at MAMTG, and John Lucania was accepted into the MA program in composition at Queens College. It was a good week for my private students.