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  • Ph.D. Union Institute
  • M.F.A. Tufts University
  • B.A. Oberlin College
  • Music Recording
  • Music Underscoring
  • Audio Production
  • Sound Recording
  • Visual Language in Communications
  • Internet Design
  • Documentary
  • Internet Technology

Douglas Quin

Associate Professor Co-director, Audio Arts Television, Radio & Film Also teaches in: Military Visual Journalism Communications

Douglas Quin is a sound designer, naturalist, public radio commentator and music composer. He is the owner of dqmedia and consults on film and television sound design, audio and multimedia, museum exhibit design, production, post-production, creative development and project management.

Quin has documented the natural soundscape around the globe—from Antarctic ice to Arctic tundra and from African savannah to Amazon rainforest. His recordings of endangered and disappearing habitats represent one of the most unique and extensive collections anywhere.

Recent clients and projects include sound design and mixing for Werner Herzog's Academy Award-nominated film "Encounters At the End of the World" and sound design for "Spore," a game from Maxis/Electronic Arts. He has also worked on projects for the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, American Museum of Natural History and Polish Academy of Sciences, among others.

He was commissioned to compose a new work for the acclaimed Kronos Quartet, and produced and appeared as a guest musician on "Des Racines au Cosmos (Roots to the Cosmos)," by Suzie Gagnon from Cirque du Soleil.

He was awarded a 2012 fellowship at the National Film and Sound Archive Australia. There, he created "Aurora Passage," a multimedia composition combining piano, live narration, Antarctic soundscape recordings and archival imagery based on the 1912-13 diaries of Bert Lincoln, an Able-Bodied Seaman on the SY Aurora.

Quin's work has appeared in publications such as Polar Biology, Musicworks, Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology and The Journal of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States.

He serves on the board of directors of the Society for New Music and World Sound Foundation. He previously served on the board of directors for the Washington Project for the Arts and the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Ars Acustica International prize, Meet the Composer, multiple fellowships in music composition from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Maryland State Arts Council and support from the National Science Foundation.


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