The M.A. in Game Design at IULM University is organizing a free workshop on sound design led by acclaimed artist Ben Babbitt on February 15 2019.
The three hour workshop will take place in Sala dei 146 (IULM Open Space). Free and open to the public (please RSVP), the event is titled How to Listen to a Cave, The Sound and Music of Kentucky Route Zero.
This extended workshop will focus on exploring and reflecting on the process of creating music and sound design for the recently completed episodic game Kentucky Route Zero. I will explore the ways in which my approach evolved across the nearly seven year development period and identify some of the inevitable challenges encountered throughout, while also highlighting some technical and creative strategies that evolved over the course of working on it while placing an emphasis on autodidactic learning and exploration through experimentation and trial and error. In addition, I will attempt to contextualize my approach to sound and music in Kentucky Route Zero within a broader cultural and historical framework that includes sound in film and other media.
Ben Babbitt is an artist and musician based in Los Angeles. Since 2013, he has provided the music and sound design for the award-winning episodic videogame Kentucky Route Zero, and recently completed the score to Amanda Kramer’s debut feature film Paris Window. As one third of the game studio Cardboard Computer, his work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum in London, the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC, the EMP Museum in Seattle, and the Art Institute of Chicago. His approach to composition and sound design embraces both naturalistic acoustic sound sources and heavily processed digital synthesis as the two ends of a spectrum of possibility.