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 Volume. Drawing upon his garage rock band days, David creates melodic, original music scores which illuminate imaginary worlds with real emotion and immersion.
David’s music for Thomas Was Alone features 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 Develop nominations for Best Audio Contribution and Best Use of Narrative (winner), and Honourable mentions from the Independent Games Festival for Excellence in Visual Design and Excellence in Audio.
His 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; David created many of the ambiences by manipulating source recordings from Sherwood Forest, combined with the ethereal vocals of Riva Taylor (Assassin’s Creed Theme).
He has 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. David also creates film and television cues for a vast list of clientele including Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Paramount, Fox, MTV, HBO, ABC and VH1. He scored The Hit Squad, an animated comedy described by director Chris Blundell as “South Park meets Spinal Tap on Nintendo.”
Delivering sophisticated scores with exceptional production value, David is widely tipped as one of the industry’s most promising young talents.
|Coda||Bithell Games – Playstation VR|
|Volume||Bithell Games||VGMO nomination for Independent|
Composer of the Year
|Catcha Catcha Aliens||Jonathan Ross’ Hot Sauce Studios|
|Toy Run||Bossa Studios|
|Thomas Was Alone||Bithell Games||BAFTA nominations ‘Best Original Music’, ‘Best Narrative’, ‘Best Performance’ (winner);|
Develop award nominations ‘Best Audio Contribution’, ‘Best Narrative’ (winner);
Independent Games Festival Honourable mentions
‘Excellence in Audio’ and ‘Excellence in
|Monstermind||Bossa Studios|| BAFTA nominations ‘Best Debut Game’, ‘Best Online Game’ (winner)|
|The Hit Squad||Superpixel Bros|