Dr Chris Whiter Lecturer, Sound Design (Video Games)

Dr Chris Whiter

I am a media composer and sound designer, leading and lecturing on units across the BA and MA programmes.

In the world of video games, credits include the full original soundtracks for Transformers BattleGrounds and Dreamworks Dragons Legends of the Nine Realms (How To Train Your Dragon Franchise), as well as working on the award-winning title Get Packed, Astronimo and the critically acclaimed Jurassic World Aftermath (Oculus Quest).

My portfolio also includes international projects with the Metropol, Seattle Symphony and FAMES orchestras, as well as with Academy Award Winner, A R Rahman. As an arranger I have collaborated with the world-renowned Metropole Orchestra, led by the highly respected conductor Vince Mendoza, arranging for Grammy Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter and Dee Dee Bridgewater (2017 NEA Jazz Master).

Website: http://www.chriswhitermusic.co.uk 

My PhD scholarship focussed on studio composition, examining the relationship between compositional and improvisational approaches within the context of my work as both a performer and composer. For this I produced works situated between the genres of contemporary jazz and experimental electronics, and looked to explore processes of combining freely improvised acoustic material with live electronics.

I am also part of the composer collective Music Design VR, studying and exploring approaches to music in spatial audio and 360 ambisonic soundworlds, with our experiments intending to find way new ways of making meaningful music for virtual reality experiences. I always look to incorporate my professional experiences into my teaching to give students valuable insights into industry-standard practices.