Music games and the Mixing Studio
NDi music games have been a pillar of NDi's success. From the flagship "Mixing Studio" in 2006, the game evolved from simple activities to a platform with 3-D customizable avatars, virtual goods, the ability to create and remix music videos and a DJ Mixer.
Leveraging consecutive partnerships with Discovery Education, Scholastic, Nickelodeon, National Geographic Kids and Cookie Jar Productions, NDi was able to optimize the development and reach an international audience base. Today, millions of children play versions of the “Mixing Studio.”
The music games were designed and produced by Neil Smolar, co-founder and CEO of NDi. Previous to NDi, Neil was an award-winning film and television composer. He created music scores for feature films and two miniseries including Varian’s War for Barbra Streisand starring William Hurt, Treasure Island with Jack Palance, Captive Heart for Lou Gossett Jr., No Alibi for Michael Ironside and the miniseries The Boys of St. Vincent.
He won a Gemini for Best Original Score for the mini series Dieppe and a Gemini nomination for best score for Captive Heart. With degrees from McGill University and the Berklee College of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging, Neil performed in the United States and Canada with some of the best-known musicians of his generation. He also taught at the Berklee College of Music, Université de Montréal and Concordia University.
The Evolution of our Music Platform
Discovery Education: Cosmeo Music Academy