Director of Business Development at Elias Software
Composer and Audio Director at Gryphondale Studios
Dale is a veteran video game composer based in Northern California with over 20 years experience in the video game industry. As founder and Audio Director of Gryphondale Studios, he is a prolific composer and writer. He is also a sound designer and voice over actor for video games.
He recently joined the team at Elias Software to help them realize their vision to bring adaptive music to video games.
Dale has developed video games and music for Disney, Sony Entertainment, THQ, Electronic Arts, ESPN, FOX Sports and Mattel to name a few.
He started studying the piano at an early age, and by the age of 14 was performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Dale has continued his music education throughout his life by taking courses at Berklee College of Music and Berkeley Jazz School. He has studied with Grammy Award winner Gary Burton, and jazz pianist and author of the definitive book on jazz theory, Mark Levine.
Prior to founding Gryphondale Studios, Dale was a pioneer of mobile games, having developed the very first mobile versions of Bejeweled, Tetris, Space Invaders, Civilization, Spider-Man, and dozens of games for Disney including games for Mickey Mouse, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid.
He has been both a speaker at the Game Developer Conference and E3, and was a speaker at numerous mobile conferences such as CTIA and a Mobile Summit in Austria given to CEO’s of the top wireless carriers in Europe. He has also appeared on CNN Headline News discussing video games.
He has also been a C++ programmer working for independent developer Mind Control Software, and then AOL Games and Psygnosis, and often programs in C# for Unity3D projects. He is a proponent of middleware such as FMOD, WWISE, Elias and Unity.
Dale has traveled the world gathering influences of music from China, South East Asia, and Europe. On those travels, he even lived as a Zen Buddhist Monk in China for several years. He has a degree in Physics from Purdue University, has worked on satellite technology at General Electric Aerospace, and has done high energy particle physics research at Stanford Linear Accelerator.