Stephen Hodde / game, sound design 
contact / at / stephenhodde.com
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Polyarc Moss, Twilight Garden / Amazon Crucible / Bungie Destiny, House of Wolves, Dark Below, Taken King / Volition Red Faction: Armageddon, Saints Row 3 & some of 4, Guillermo del Toro’s inSANE 


Craft / Unreal 4 Blueprint / C++ / World, 3d, animation markup / Wwise / Python / Pro Tools, Nuendo / Kyma / Max/Msp / Reaktor / Modular synthesis  / Sound devices 7-series / Field recording



Demo Reel / featuring sound from Moss (VR) and Destiny, particularly The Taken King expansion
listen for: nature ambiences / enemy voice, language, movement, and weapons / scripted events / projectile flybys and impacts / damage / health indication / player vehicle / player weapons excluding Destiny player weapons that are not a sword or shoulder-mounted canon / also excludes some mouse foley in first scene

Awards

Moss /
2019 GANG Awards - Winner: Best VR Audio
2019 GANG Awards - Winner: Best Sound Design for an Indie Game
2019 GANG Awards - Winner: Best Music for an Indie Game
2019 GANG Awards - Finalist: Audio of the Year
2019 GANG Awards - Finalist: Music of the Year
2019 GANG Awards - Finalist: Sound Design of the Year
2019 GANG Awards - Finalist: Best Dialog
2019 GANG Awards - Finalist: Best Original Instrumental
2019 GANG Awards - Finalist: Best Original Song
2019 DICE Awards 2019 Finalist - Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
2019 Independent Game Festival 2019 Finalist - Excellence in Audio 

Destiny: The Taken King /
2016 GANG Awards - Finalist: Sound Design of the Year
2016 GANG Awards - Finalist: Audio of the Year
2016 GANG Awards- Finalist: Cinematic Cutscene Audio
2016 DICE Awards - Finalist: Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Destiny /
2015 DICE Awards - Winner: Outstanding Acheivement in Sound Design
2015 Game Developers Choice Awards - Finalist: Best Audio
2015 GANG Awards - Finalist: Sound Design of the Year
2015 Music & Sound Awards - Finalist: Sound Design
2016 TEC Awards - Finalist: Interactive Entertainment, Sound Production

Polyarc

2017-Present Audio Director / Moss & Expansion Twilight Garden / PSVR, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest (Android), Vive / Sound design, direction, implementation, game mix / Music direction, design, implementation / Voice direction and production / Field recording / Additional story design / Linear media direction / Soundtrack mix and production / Outsourcing direction, coordination / Articles / Playstation Lifestyle / Gamasutra

Amazon Game Studios

2015-2017 Audio Director / Crucible / Sound design & implementation for all game audio: foley, weapons, abilities, ambience, ui, damage, & others / Field recording / Music system design / Dialog system design / Audio engineering task backlog management / Composed temp score / Outsourcing contracts & direction / Contract coordination with legal department / Scheduling & project managment

Bungie

2012-2015 Senior Audio Designer / Destiny & Expansions The Dark Below, House of Wolves /
Combatant voice, abilities, movement, weapons, drop ships / Ambience / Prologue cinematics / Game engine cinematic scenes / Scripted events / Player vehicles / Vault of Glass Raid audio / Loudness specification & mix assistance / Additional sound design for player grenades & abilities /  Sound for swords, some artifact weapons
Destiny: The Taken King / Combatant sound design direction for voice, weapons, & abilities / Scripted events / Outsourcing process & asset coordination / Cutscenes, scripted events, exotic player weapons, and Kingsfall raid / Kingsfall raid mix

Volition

2009-2011 Audio Designer /   Red Faction: Armageddon / Lead / Creature voice, player weapons & abilities, scripted events, ui / Destruction physics system design & implementation / Music system design & implementation / Music outsourcing & direction / Cinematics outsourcing & direction / Composer; additional music / DLC engineering support / Mix
Guillermo del Toro’s inSANE / cancelled / Creature voice / Academic research for creating alien language and non-human methods of communication / Vocal instrument design / Weapons 
Saints Row 3 & some of 4 / Ambience, weapons, scripted events, ui & pickups / Music editing, implementation / Paul, a Godzilla sized can of soda

Freelance, Big Spaceship, & Prior

2006-2009 / Music composition and sound design for flash games & ad campaigns / End clients include American Express, Sony Pictures, Yahoo!, Corona, A&E, Epson, HBO, Nike, and Adobe / 2004-2005 / General Assistant, Perfect Mixes / 2000-2001 / Intern, Reflection Sound Studios

Film & TV / Still I Strive, 2012, Sound Designer [documentary] / Enlightened! 2009, Composer: Additional Music [short] / What Are We Doing Here? 2008, Sound Editor, Pre-mixer – Klein Pictures [documentary / The Take, 2008, Additional Sound Designer – Road Less Traveled Productions / Sony Pictures [film / Guide House: Montauk, 2008, Music Supervisor, Composer – Puris Entertainment / ESPN2 [TV]

Education

University of Iowa / 2018 / Writers’ Workshop
New York University / 2001-2005 / Bachelor of Music / Music Technology, with honors

Supplements





destiny: house of wolves prologue // credit: sound design



recording antique carriage clock at memoria technica for moss



recording a victorian music box at memoria technica for moss



micophone preamplifier prototype // etching a circuit board using ferric chloride and a laser printer ink transfer



microphone preamplifer v1



microphone preamplifier v2 // phantom power section