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Guest Lecture: Chris Vrenna
March 20, 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 7:15 pmFree
Join us for a guest lecture by Chris Vienna where he will be discussing his career as a producer, engineer, musician, and co-writer on a multitude of world-famous records that run the gamut from NIN, Marilyn Manson, Gnarles Barkley, Bush, Billy Corgan, and Axel Ros among others.
Chris A. Vrenna (born February 23, 1967) is an American musician, Grammy-winning producer, engineer, remixer, songwriter, programmer, and founder of the electronic band Tweaker. Vrenna played drums for the industrial/rock band Nine Inch Nails from 1989 until 1997, and was the keyboardist and drummer of the American rock band Marilyn Manson from 2004 until late 2011. As producer, remixer, or engineer Vrenna has worked with popular music groups including The Smashing Pumpkins, U2, Metallica, Weezer, Slipknot, Green Day and many others. Vrenna has also worked on music for several video games, including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Doom 3 (as producer with Clint Walsh), Quake 4, American McGee’s Alice, its sequel Alice: Madness Returns, Enter the Matrix, Sonic The Hedgehog, Area 51, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted. In 2004, he started soundtrack work on Tabula Rasa, a massive multiplayer online game. He also helped compose the theme song to the animated series Xiaolin Showdown. Vrenna won a Grammy award as a member of Nine Inch Nails for “Best Metal Performance” for “Happiness in Slavery” in 1995 for the live performance of the song on Woodstock ’94.