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Matthew Hines, Chetham's 2005-2007

Sound designer in the video games industry

What are you up to now?

I’ve just finished my degree in Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music, Boston USA. I’m working as a sound designer in the video games industry, as well as freelancing on a number of independent projects, such as a feature film, and my friend’s new album – anything that has need for my skills, and keeps me on my toes really. I still perform too, as a keyboardist in a number of my friends’ bands and ensembles and also for a wedding band – wedding bands are big franchise-based businesses on the East Coast of the USA.

So music is still a big part of your life?

It’s all I do – there is still very little time for sleeping! Even my work as a sound designer requires a degree of critical listening I believe you can only find in musicians – indeed all my colleagues are conservatoire graduates, despite the fact it isn’t directly related to the writing or performing of music in the conventional sense.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

That is anybody’s guess – I’m fresh out of university, so I’m networking, working hard and maintaining an open mind in an effort to see what opportunities arise and what ultimately sticks. But with that said, I’d love to remain involved in the audio technology milieu, either in the video game/film industry or the audio software industry. It’s an exciting field that by its very nature is constantly innovating. Even the way we write music is changing – it’s becoming more modular, as the listening mediums (such as video games) become more interactive and less linear.

Do you keep in touch with friends from Chets?

Of course! It’s definitely hard being in the US, but whenever I’m back I make a huge effort to see people, because they are the most brilliant bunch of people, whom I miss dearly.

What is your fondest memory of Chets?

If you’ll permit me to take the (top class) music instruction for granted, then I’d say the social side of things by far, including a great many practical jokes. But just as a magician never reveals his/her secrets, a true prankster maintains a dignified silence…

How do you think being at Chets had an influence on your life?

I think it was the people that I shared my Chets experience with that had the biggest influence on my life. Boarding school is a world unlike no other, but it taught me a great deal about how to interact with people which has served me well in the professional world so far. I also noticed we each enjoyed a head-start into the world of university education, simply because our training was so rigorous.

Instruments: Music Technology

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