Squash & Biscuit is a creative sound studio, founded by Shuwen Zhao and Brian Griffith in 2020. The studio is dedicated to producing unique and experimental scores for performance, film and animation, as well as providing organic sound design. Their work ranges from scores for dance pieces, sound/composition for film and animation, as well as live performances.

Shuwen Zhao, originally from China, started music at the age of five when she began learning piano performance. Her passion for music grew over the years and eventually led her to commercial music studios, where she worked from 2015–2018 before starting a graduate program at CalArts in 2019. She graduated with an MFA in Experimental Sound Practices and Composition, which helped her develop her skills in electronic composition, experimental sounds, and film scores.

Brian Griffith, is originally from Florida and moved to Los Angeles via Chicago to focus on his unique brand of ambient, new age, and experimental music. He is known for his use of the bass guitar as the primary instrument and his exploration of samples and loops. His video art practice also incorporates abstract textures and bright colors as a way to induce a meditative state. In 2019, he started an MFA program in CalArts' Experimental Sound Practices/Integrated Media and completed the program in 2021.

The two met during their graduate residency and discovered that they had complementary skills and shared goals and ambitions. They started working with artists from other departments, including Animation and Film, providing scores and sound design. After graduation, they continued to work with animators, filmmakers, choreographers, and creative agencies.

Squash & Biscuit is unique in its approach to sound design and composition, utilizing experimental techniques to produce scores that are both innovative and captivating. They have already completed over a dozen projects, with each one showcasing their exceptional creativity and skill.

The Squash & Biscuit studio offers sound design, composition, or both as a package working with each collaborator to find what sound style works best. Using more experimental sounds and harmonic tendencies, means that our work will provide an added layer to your work. Each project starts with a short meeting to explain how we work and what our approach would be for your project. 

Aside from creative services, we can also accommodate recording, audio and dialogue clean up, as well as stereo and 5.1 mixes.


Artist Photos by Jennelle Fong