Rock Band creator discusses cultural influence of video games

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 6:05am
Staff reports

A developer of the Rock Band video game will speak at Vanderbilt University as part of the Curb Creative Leadership Series, followed by a Rock Band competition for Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff.

Eran Egozy, co-founder and chief technical officer of Harmonix Music Systems, will speak 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Student Life Center at Vanderbilt, 310 25th Ave. S.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will address creativity, the business of video games and the cultural influence of interactive music-inspired games.

The Rock Band competition follows at 8 p.m. in the Student Life Center Ballroom. The competition will benefit the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School, which provides music lessons to children from low-income families.

“We are honored to have Eran as our 2009 Curb Creative Leadership speaker,” said Steven J. Tepper, associate director of the Curb Center. “The series is intended to bring to Vanderbilt entrepreneurs and cultural leaders, like Eran, whose work and vision have transformed the way we experience art and media.”

As the co-founder and chief technical officer of Harmonix Music Systems, Egozy has built one of the leading game development studios in the world. Harmonix Music Systems has developed over a dozen critically acclaimed music-based video games, including Rock Band.

The Curb Creative Leadership Series offers students and the community the opportunity to engage in intimate, informal conversations around contemporary issues related to creativity, culture, leadership and public interest.

For more information about the public lecture and the Rock Band competition, visit www.rockbandvandy.com.