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PS3 Sound Designer Devine Speaking At Berklee

PS3 Sound Designer Devine Speaking At Berklee

March 28, 2006 | By Simon Carless

Pioneering electronica artist, producer, sound designer, and 5.1 surround mixer Richard Devine - who remixed Aphex Twin and Mike Patton (Faith No More); designed sound for Xbox (Halo 2) and Native Instruments; and scored commercials for Nike and Touchstone Pictures - will spend a week at the Boston-based Berklee College of Music, April 10 - 14, 2006.

The department, faculty, and students are looking forward to an intense week with Devine, hosting him in the classrooms, labs, and the college's recently completed surround studio complex.

"Richard has a depth of knowledge and expression that really spans our curriculum and interests. He is one of this generation's expedition leaders, their advance man, an explorer," said Music Technology Division Dean, Stephen Croes.

A self-described "audio architect in search of the most interesting sounds on the planet," Richard Devine, 26, is known for his layered and heavily processed sound, combining influences from old and modern electronic music. His work has been featured on new software and hardware titles from many innovative companies such as Native Instruments, Korg, Clavia Nord, Alesis, Ableton Live, Apple, Openlabs, and M-Audio Division. He has also scored commercials for Touchstone Pictures, Nike, Scion, Land Rover, Dodge, Audi, LG Ford, HBO, Spike Television Network, and Xbox. Currently, he is designing sound for the new PlayStation 3.

Devine grew up playing classical piano, and later took up drums, bass, and jazz guitar. As an Atlanta College of Art student in 1993, he first started experimenting with CSound and other powerful computer-based music applications. He would go on to code several FFT applications in SuperCollider, a programming language for real-time audio synthesis. Since being recruited by Warp Records to put out tracks, tour, and remix songs by other Warp artists in 2001, Devine has released four full-length albums, including Assect:Dsect (Schematic, 2003), and Cautella (Sublight, 2005).

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over half a century, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business.

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