A Conversation with Eran Egozy
Eran Egozy, CTO Harmonix Music Systems
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 7PM – 8PM
Parkside Performance Cafe
Eran Egozy, is the co-founder and chief technical officer of Harmonix Music Systems, one of the pre-eminent game development studios in the world, having developed more than a dozen critically acclaimed music-based video games. Harmonix was founded in 1995 on the principle that non-musicians should be able to experience the sheer joy of music creation – normally something only afforded to accomplisshed musicians. Beginning in 2005, Harmonix developed Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero 2, fueling the explosive growth of the music games category to over $1 billion in sales. In 2006, Harmonix was acquired by MTV/Viacom, and shortly after, Harmonix launched the innovative, award-winning franchise titles Rock Band and Rock Band 2. In 2009, Harmonix followed with the critically acclaimed The Beatles: Rock Band, and this year, the studio is releasing Rock Band 3, which introduces a keyboard and the ability to learn real instruments, and Dance Central, the first fully immersive, no-controller dance game. Eran and Alex Rigopulos were named in Time Magazine‘s 2008 list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World, Fortune Magazine‘s 2009 Top 40 Under 40 and given a 2010 USA Network’s Character Award.
Eran brings extensive technical and musical expertise to the Harmonix’s management team. He manages the company’s engineering staff, directs intellectual property development, contributes to game design and helps drive corporate strategy. Prior to co-founding Harmonix, Eran conducted research on combining music and technology at the MIT Media Lab. He performed frequently in MIT’s Balinese Gamelan, Chamber Music Society, and Symphony Orchestra. He currently spends most of his spare time playing clarinet in Boston’s Radius Ensemble. Eran earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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