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My name is Griffin Bengraff and I’m a digital creator, freelance web designer, and musician based in New York. I graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with a A.S in Digital Media, where I was a peer tutor for Video Art, Animation, Web Art & Design. I’m currently a senior at the college of Saint Rose finishing a B.S in Design Media Arts.
I am currently working as a freelance web designer for a variety of small businesses, as well a creative contractor for Empire State Youth Orchestra’s website.
I find myself going back and forth on a wide range of projects and hobbies. Growing up I’ve always been a musician at heart (I play the piano, acoustic/electric guitar, and drums occasionally), and I love writing and producing music on the side. Along side of being a musician I’ve always been a designer. Whether I’m making a website, a poster, or a new video game, creating new experiences for people to enjoy is my biggest passion.
Empire State Youth Orchestra- I’ve been apart of numerous projects most notably for Empire State Youth Orchestra, where I helped design their website, ESYO.org. Starting out I was a part of a team making pages and personally tasked with finding out how to present the information they had.
After the launch of the website, I was hired as a web administrator where I currently make pages and keep the site updated. This involved me communicating with the organization on a 1:1 basis of what they wanted to show and how I could incorporate it.
During 2020, orchestras around the US were faced with the reality that many of their performances would need to put on hold. During this time I was contracted to be part of a team to take ESYO into the virtual. I was hired to be the video production manager and creative director for the Three day Sounding Together digital festival. I worked along side Carlos Agreda, Bob Hansbourough and others to take students performing at home and bring them all together in a video. Below are some of those videos that I produced for Sounding Together.
I pitched the idea to ESYO’s music director, Carlos Agreda to up the ante with all of these “At home” videos with something that hasn’t been done before. With knowledge I’ve acquired through my academic and professional career I pitched a 360° video that would take over 100 symphony and repertory musicians and present them in a new virtual space. Using Carlos’ original composition we were able to make a new orchestral layout in 360° with 3d ambisonic audio. This is so when you look to the left or right you can hear each section in their respective areas. I used Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro to edit, and Logic Pro X to mix the orchestra in a 3d audio format.