About: Ben Houge

Ben Houge is an artist working at the nexus of music composition, digital art, performance, sound installation, performance, and video. He has written extensively on music, penning a monthly live music column for That’s Shanghai magazine, in addition to writing feature articles on artists including Kronos Quartet, Wu Man, Tan Dun, and Linkin Park. Ben has been designing audio for videogames since 1996, contributing to games including Tom Clancy’s EndWar (http://www.benhouge.com/endwar.html), King’s Quest: Mask of Eternity, Half-Life: Opposing Force, and Leisure Suit Larry 7. He currently teaches a course in videogame audio design at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and his string quartet soundtrack for the role-playing game Arcanum (http://www.benhouge.com/arcanum.html) was praised by the Seattle Times as “sophisticated enough to pass muster as an extended suite for string quartet. In Seattle, Ben founded the Sound Currents (http://www.soundcurrents.org/) concert series and was a member of the Seattle School composers’ collective from its inception. He has also written a substantial amount of ecclesiastical and choral music, some of which has been published by Augsburg Fortress. Ben’s video piece Shanghai Traces (http://www.benhouge.com/shanghaitraces.html) was shortlisted for the Guggenheim’s YouTube Play Biennial of Creative Video, and it will be on display at the Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media (http://axiomart.org/) in Jamaica Plain from February 25 through March 26, 2011.

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