Ben Houge

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'''Ben Houge''' is a composer and sound designer who worked on the Half-Life (PlayStation 2 port)|PlayStation 2 version of ''Half-Life'' and its CategoryHalf-Life Expansions|expansions. He worked on numerous other video games, promotional trailers, prototypes, and miscellaneous projects.

==Biography==
In 1996, he joined Sierra Entertainment immediately after leaving college where he remained for seven years. During that time, he designed sound effects and recorded and edited dialog for ''Half-Life Opposing Force'' in 1999 and ''Half-Life Blue Shift'' in 2001.{{IA|20130727220134/http//benhouge.com/games.html|Personal website - Games}}

In 2001, he also composed music and designed sound effects for the main menu of the Half-Life (PlayStation 2 port)|PlayStation 2 version of ''Half-Life'' as well as recording and editing additional dialog and composing the music for the promotional trailer. He had been called in at the last minute to complete this work. A loop of only 35 seconds long, the main menu theme was composed with synthesizers.{{IA|20130727155504/http//benhouge.com/audio.html|Personal website - Audio}}

He also created the http//youtu.be/M7ckRx13UcM Sierra splash screen sound featured in every Sierra game published between 1998 and 2001, familiar to ''Half-Life'' players before Steam. The video itself was created by Valve's Jeff Lane. 

He left Sierra in 2003 and, after working as a freelance audio contractor for a year, he joined WikipediaUbisoft|Ubisoft in Shangai in 2004 before departing at the end of 2008. He has continued to consult on sound design for game companies since then.

Houge has composed many classical/choir music pieces{{IA|20130728041107/http//www.benhouge.com/compositions.html|Personal website - Compositions}} and co-founded "Sound Currents", a group of Seattle composers dedicated to presenting fresh, new, creative music through concerts in Shanghai, where he resides.{{IA|20130620074223/http//www.soundcurrents.org/about.html|About Sound Currents|the official Sound Currents website}}

==Selected gameography==

*''Half-Life Opposing Force'' (1999)
*''Half-Life Blue Shift'' (2001)
*''Half-Life'' (2001) {{C|PlayStation 2 version}}

==References==
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==External links==
*http//benhouge.com Ben Houge's personal website
*http//soundcurrents.org/about.html Sound Currents

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