Audio Direction and PROGRAMMING for Video Games
"We live in a noisy world where everything makes sound. I capture sounds and organize them into music and sonic environments for games and other medias. My spare time involves listening to records, playing video games, and tinkering with gear."
Mike Romaniak currently teaches Interactive Music and Sound for Video Games at the University of Toronto, where he works as a Sessional Lecturer in the Music Technology & Digital Media program. He holds a Master of Music in Composition degree from Central Michigan University (CMU), where he studied composition and orchestration with David Gillingham.
Mike is a strong advocate for diversity and cultural diplomacy. His Master's thesis research earned the Robert Newby Fund To Support Diversity Efforts at CMU. In 2016, he earned a Professional Development Certificate from the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. In 2018 he co-wrote and produced the audio soundtrack for Ancestors and Elders, a multimedia ballet collaboration between over 100 Indigenous and Ukrainian-Canadian creatives, including Running Thunder Dancers and Shumka Dance Company.
As a performer, Mike has toured Canada coast to coast, the United States, Europe, and parts of Asia with a variety of acts. He has contributed to the music and/or production of over twenty albums since 2011. His contributions to Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s Lume Lume (2012) and Moorka (2015) albums helped earn the band two Juno Award nominations for World Music Album of the Year.