Kenneth Young

My Music

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Personal Info

Full Name

Kenneth Young

Bio

Kenny is from Edinburgh, Scotland, and lives in Guildford, near London. He is best known for his work as Head of Audio at game developer Media Molecule the startup he joined in 2007 where he was responsible for the audio experiences in their smash hit, critically acclaimed LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway franchises. In 2015 Kenny left Media Molecule to form audio outsourcing and consultancy company AudBod, with his friends at Media Molecule as his first clients.

Before joining Media Molecule Kenny worked as a sound designer in the busy centralised audio department of Sony’s London Studio where he helped ship over ten games in a wide variety of genres on numerous platforms, and worked on many more third party and unreleased titles. Prior to this he studied music technology as an undergraduate and went on to gain an MA, with distinction, in sound design.

Kenny is a passionate and committed member of the game audio community, sits on the GDC audio advisory board, has been a BAFTA and IGF awards juror, and speaks regularly at conferences and higher education institutions around the world. In 2005 he started the website GameSound.org for those wishing to learn more about interactive audio.

Personal Website

http://www.KennyYoung.com

Work

Years of Experience

10 to 15 years

Game platforms you've worked with

iOS, PC/MAC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, Facebook

Skills

Performer, Composer, Sound Designer, Audio Director, Voiceover Artist, Music Supervisor, Voice Direction, Music Producer, Technical Sound Designer, Casting Director, Field Recordist, Music Editor

Instrument Skills

Guitar, Violin, Vocalist, Mandolin, Accordion, Cello, Ethnic Percussion, Bass Guitar, Hardware Synths

My Awards

Awards for Kenny’s work include:

2017 – Tethered

Nomination – Best Interactive Score – GANG

2017 – The VR Soundscape of Secret Sorcery’s ‘Tethered’

Nomination – Best Game Audio Article Publication or Broadcast – GANG

2016 – Tearaway Unfolded

Nomination – Music of the Year – GANG
Nomination – Best Audio Design – TIGA

2014 – Tearaway

Winner – Best Handheld Audio – GANG
Winner – Best PS Vita Sound – IGN
Winner – Best Audio – The Vita Lounge
Nomination – Original Music – BAFTA
Nomination – Best Audio – Game Developer’s Choice
Nomination – Excellence In Musical Score – SXSW
Nomination – Best Audio – Golden Joysticks
Nomination – Outstanding Achievement: In-Game Music – GMAs
Nomination – Best Soundtrack: Western – GMAs

2012 – LittleBigPlanet 2

Winner – Outstanding Achievement: Licensed Music – GMAs
Nomination – Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition – AIAS
Nomination – Best Audio – Game Developer’s Choice
Nomination – Best Use of Licensed Music – GANG

2012 – The Use of Voice in Portal 2

Winner – Best Game Audio Article Publication or Broadcast – GANG

2009 – LittleBigPlanet

Winner – Best Original Intrumental (for ‘The Gardens’) – GANG
Winner – Best Interactive Score – GANG
Winner – Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance – AIAS
Nomination – Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design – AIAS
Nomination – Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack – AIAS
Nomination – Original Score – BAFTA
Nomination – Use of Audio – BAFTA
Nomination – Audio of the Year – GANG
Nomination – Music of the Year – GANG
Nomination – Sound Design of the Year – GANG
Nomination – Best Dialogue – GANG
Nomination – Best Original Vocal: Choral – GANG
Nomination – Best Use of Licensed Music – GANG
Nomination – Best Audio – Game Developer’s Choice
Nomination – Best Soundtrack – Spike VGAs
Nomination – Best Original Score – Spike VGAs
Nomination – Best Licensed Music – Gamespot

Games I've worked on

Tethered – PSVR, Rift & Vive – 2016

Tearaway Unfolded – PS4 – 2015
Tearaway – PS Vita – 2013
LittleBigPlanet 2 (and DLC) – PS3 – 2011
LittleBigPlanet (and DLC) – PS3 – 2008
Heavenly Sword – PS3 – 2007
EyeToy: Kinetic Combat – PS2 – 2006
Gangs of London – PSP – 2006
24: The Game – PS2 – 2006
EyeToy: Operation Spy – PS2 – 2005
Fired Up! – PSP – 2005
EyeToy: Kinetic – PS2 – 2005
The Getaway: Black Monday – 2004
EyeToy: Chat – PS2 – 2004

Current Employer

AudBod

Employer's website

http://www.AudBod.com

Current Title

Audio Director, Composer & Sound Designer

Previous companies you worked for and job title there (optional)

Media Molecule – Head of Audio – 2007 – 2015
SCEE London Studio – Sound Designer – 2004 – 2007