David Housden is an award-winning, BAFTA nominated composer best known for his collaborations with visionary game developer Mike Bithell on the BAFTA award-winning indie hit Thomas Was Alone and his latest opus, Volume. Drawing upon his garage rock band days, Housden creates melodic, original music scores which illuminate imaginary worlds with real emotion and immersion.
Housden was first launched into the spotlight with his original score for Mike Bithell’s best-selling indie title Thomas Was Alone. Featuring minimalist pianos and ambiences fused with lush strings and ethereal synths, both the game and soundtrack enjoyed rave reviews, receiving BAFTA nominations for ‘Best Story’, ‘Best Original Music’ and ‘Best Performance’ (winner) as well as Honourable mentions from the Independent Games Festival for Excellence in Visual Design and Excellence in Audio.
His latest score for Volume – Mike Bithell’s sci-fi reimagining of the Robin mythology starring award-winning actor Andy Serkis – fuses medieval instrumentation, with contemporary percussive beds and synths, post-rock type ambiences and cinematic grandeur; Housden created many of the ambiences by manipulating source recordings from Sherwood Forest, combined with the ethereal vocals of Riva Taylor (Assassin’s Creed Theme).
Delivering sophisticated scores with exceptional production value he’s also worked on Bossa Studio’s BAFTA award winning Monstermind, Sony’s Playstation Home for PS3, and, Jonathan Ross’ first game narrated by Stephen Fry. Housden is also signed to various publishers, creating film and television cues for a vast list of clientele including Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Paramount, Fox, MTV, HBO, ABC and VH1.
Widely tipped as one of the industry’s most promising young talents, he’s currently scoring his first feature length film, The Hit Squad, an animated comedy described by director Chris Blundell as “South Park meets Spinal Tap on Nintendo.
“I hired David as a composer, what I got was a collaborator. His work on Thomas helped to elevate the game far beyond anything I could have hoped it would be. He’s a hero, give him the room to excel and you’ll be shocked at what he can deliver.”
Mike Bithell – Creator of Thomas Was Alone & Volume
Video – ‘How do you soundtrack a video game’.
Sam Hughes catches up with Thomas Was Alone and Volume composer, David Housden. They discuss the Volume soundtrack, Riva Taylor, advice for composers and more!
“David Housden is a BAFTA nominated composer and producer for games, TV and film. After his recent work on Thomas Was Alone and Volume, I was extremely excited to catch up with him to discuss music, games and the industry.”
“Wonderful tracks, really nailed them all. So nice working with you.”
David Housden has worked on a multitude of games including Bossa Studio’s BAFTA award winning Monstermind, Sony’s Playstation Home for PS3, Mike Bithell’s indie smash hit Thomas Was Alone, Jonathan Ross’ first game (narrated by Stephen Fry), and he’s currently in the process of scoring his first feature length film. Housden’s also recently signed to New York based publishers The Goo, creating film and television cues for their vast list of clientele including Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Paramount, Fox, MTV, HBO, ABC and VH1.
“Wonderful score, lays down an irresistible aural backdrop.”
“Beautifully minimalist music, ethereal.”
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