My name is Douglas Pennant, originally from Lewisham (London, UK), and have spent the last few years at Brunel University, first studying BA Creative Music and Technology (which is now BA Sonic Arts), and I’m currently studying the MA Digital Games: Theory and Design.

The important things you need to know are that I grew up with video games being the primary activity whenever visiting friends, and that around 11 years old I learned to play Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield on a small xylophone.

Since then I have increased both my musicianship and my gamersicianshipness (?). I play a few more instruments, but I’m mainly an electronic composer, heavily influenced by the aforementioned Mike Oldfield, some trance music, and a lot of game music (such as Command & Conquer, Unreal Tournament and Darwinia). I am also a part-time metalhead with a Rammstein obsession.

As I’ve grown up I’ve composed soundtracks for a few games (for more on this, check out my “projects” page), I also used to make maps for the original Red Alert, and Worms 2, and more recently Trackmania. In the last few years I’ve become much more interested in game development as a whole, and have had the opportunity to attend a number of game jams; I attended the Global Game Jam in 2009 and 2010, and also XNA Gamecamp 2010, winning a prize for ‘Best Audio’.

Now I’m looking out into the big wide world and thinking:

“I need some real work…”

So I’m looking at ways to get more deeply involved in the design side of the video game industry, while trying to first fit in an MA dissertation, and then some freelance composing for video games. So watch this space to see what happens next!

Funny…when I was young I wanted to be a paleontologist…


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