About Me
 

I am a composer, sound designer, musician and educator in Las Vegas, Nevada. My goal is to grow my work in game audio into a full time career.

 

After working as a cruise ship musician for six years, I attended the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in 2016. I graduated with a Master of Music (Composition) in 2018, and have been a freelance composer, educator and saxophonist in town ever since. 

My interest in sound design and game audio was sparked in 2019 after reading Winnifred Phillips' A Composer's Guide to Music. Learning about nonlinear composing techniques exposed me to the collaborative and creative space of game jams, which led me to start compiling my own sound effect library and learn sound design for both linear and nonlinear mediums.

My home studio includes:

  • M-Audio SP-8B monitors 

  • Isolated recording booth

  • Various cardioid and condenser mics

  • H4N portable field recorder

  • A sound effect library comprised of over 1TB of original and purchased sounds

Primary skills:

  • Finale

  • Logic Pro X

Secondary skills:

  • FMOD

  • Unity

  • Reaper

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Testimonials 

“Michael is a wonderful saxophonist and musician who is also an incredible writer and arranger. His skills are strong and diverse. On top of that, he is a wonderful person to work with!”

-Nathan Tanouye, UNLV faculty, trombonist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Celine Dion, and Santa Fe and the Phat City Horns.

"Michael is a phenomenal multi-instrumentalist. Whether on saxophone or doubles (clarinet/flute), he’s great to have on the bandstand as a top-call musician in Las Vegas."

-Aaron Tully, bassist and bandleader for the Lucky Devils Band.

"Not only is Michael an excellent player, arranger and composer, he is also a well-organized, knowledgeable, and patient teacher who is very clear in his presentation and pacing of the material. He is very personable and is able to put his students at ease as they progress through the lessons."

-Bart DiBartolo, private saxophone student.

"Michael has been working with my students for two years, and the results have been outstanding. The students respond well to his teaching techniques and look forward to working with him."

-Will DainesBand Director at Thurman White Academy.

"Michael has continuously displayed a devoted passion for increasing his knowledge and performing both in musical and in administrative settings that are rare in many young performers and educators of today always consistently seeking to better develop his individual voice and skillsets."

-Adam Schroeder, UNLV faculty, Baritone Saxophonist.

Michael Spicer: The Video Game
Click on the handsome man below and move him around his home studio using the arrow keys! 
This is just a silly little game that helped me learn a bit about audio coding!
 
Made in Game Maker Studio 2
ALL sounds created by me in my (real) home studio.

Special thanks to Gunnar Clovis for his help with programming on this project, especially the HTML5 stuff!

NOTE: Run the game in GOOGLE CHROME if possible, it may not work in Safari and other browsers. Sorry!