Ben Houge is an artist working at the nexus of music composition, video game development, sound installation, performance, and generative video. An eighteen-year veteran of the video game industry, his music and audio design have been heard by millions around the globe in titles including Tom Clancy’s EndWar, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, King’s Quest: Mask of Eternity, Leisure Suit Larry 7, and Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura.
While living in China from 2004 to 2010, Houge collaborated with leading figures in the Chinese new music scene, presenting his work at a range of venues including the Shanghai eArts Festival, the Today Art Museum, the True Color Museum, OV Gallery, the Mini Midi Festival, D-22, Yu Yin Tang, XP, and many more. In 2012, he was named an artist in residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has since had his work presented by Boston Cyberarts, Non-Event, and the San Diego Museum of Art. Houge’s most recent creative activities include the development of food operas in collaboration with acclaimed chef Jason Bond of Bondir restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, involving evening-length events in which he adapts video game techniques to create a customized, 30-channel soundtrack for a five-course meal.