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Dr Richard Stevens

About Dr Richard Stevens

Dr Richard Stevens is Course Director for the postgraduate programmes in music and sound at Leeds Beckett University. He has published and presented widely on the topic of Game Audio and Game Audio Education including at the Audio Engineering Society, Ludomusicology, and Game Developers conferences.

Richard has been awarded the position of University Teacher Fellow in recognition of his innovative pedagogical work, and co-authored the first practical text book in the field, The Game Audio Tutorial (Focal Press, 2011). Along with a second volume, Game Audio Implementation (CRC Press, 2015), numerous conference presentations and workshops, and his work as chair of the Interactive Audio Special Interest group, his work over the last decade has informed teaching curricula in the subject throughout the world. Richard is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Sound and Music in Games.

Current Teaching

Richard leads the MSc. in Sound and Music for Interactive Games and teaches Game Audio and Music for Film and Television at undergraduate level.

Research Interests

Richard's recent research has brought psychological research methods to bear on developing an understanding of the impact of interactive music systems on the video game player experience. His PhD examined how dissonances between the ludic and narrative functions of music in games might be resolved through a more integrated design approach – where game events may consider musical timings as an input to decision making processes. These ideas are summarised in his contribution to the Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio, Designing a game for music: Integrated design approaches for ludic music and interactivity.

He retains close links to game audio professionals and the game industry, collaborating with Senior Audio Director at EA DICE, Ben Minto, for the Soundtrack Journal paper The reality paradox: Authenticity, fidelity and the real in Battlefield 4. He is also working alongside composers and sound artists to investigate how video games engines might provide opportunities as a platform for the composition and performance of, and medium for, spatial music and sound art.


Selected Publications

Journal articles (4)

Books (2)

  • Stevens RC; Raybould D (2015) Game Audio Implementation. Burlington, MA: Focal Press.
  • Stevens RC; Raybould D (2011) The Game Audio Tutorial: A practical guide to the implementation of sound and music within the UDK engine. Focal Press.

Chapters (1)

  • Stevens RC; Raybould D (2014) Designing a Game for Music: Integrated Design Approaches for Ludic Music & Interactivity. In: Collins K; Kapralos B; Tessler H The Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. .

Conference contributions (5)

  • Stevens RC (2014) Ludic Melodies: Towards a Functional Taxonomy of Music in Video Games University of Leeds 04/09/2014.
  • Stevens RC; Raybould D (2013) Not creepy music, but music for creeping University of Liverpool 12/04/2013.
  • Raybould D; Stevens RC (2011) No, I said Interactive Music London, UK .
  • Stevens RC (2011) Game Audio Education Summit San Francisco 03/03/2011.
  • Raybould D; Stevens (2010) Are You Lookin' At Me Kent, UK .

Conference proceedings (8)

  • Stevens RC; Raybould D; McDermott D (2015) Extreme Ninjas use windows not doors: Addressing video game fidelity through Ludo-Narrative music in the stealth genre. In: Audio Engineering Society 56th International Conference London 11/02/2015 00:00:00. : , pp. .
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  • Raybould D; Stevens RC (2011) No, I Said Interactive Music. In: AES 130th International Convention London, UK 15/05/2011 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • Raybould D; Stevens RC (2010) A Curriculum for Game Audio - Panel. In: AES 128th International Convention London, UK 24/05/2010 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • Raybould D; Stevens RC (2009) Audio For Games. In: The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Games Innovation Conference London, UK . : , pp. .
  • Raybould D; Stevens RC (2009) Audio For Games: An Interactive Tutorial. In: AES 35th Conference: Audio For Games . : , pp. .
  • Raybould D; Stevens R (2009) Tutorial on Implementing sound and music for games in the UnReal engine. In: 127th AES Convention New York, USA 09/10/2009 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • Stevens R; Raybould D (2009) Games Audio Workshop. In: IEEE Games Innovation Conference . London: , pp. .
  • Stevens RC; Renshaw T; Denton P (2008) 'Understanding Games Interaction Through Eye-tracking: From User Learning to New Business Model Development'.. In: 38th SAGSET Conference: Teaching and Learning through Gaming and Simulation Nottingham University Business School 17/07/2008 00:00:00. : , pp. .

Films or broadcasts (1)

  • Are You Lookin' At Me (2010) Raybould D; Stevens RC. Process Festival, Ausland, Berlin: Process Festival, Ausland, Berlin

Other (1)

  • Stevens R; Raybould D (2009) Are you lookin' at me?

Reports (1)

  • Collins K; Felton K; Fuller B; Hankinson T; Harwood S; Heiden K; Horowitz S; Javelosa D; Kazandjian R; Rippie J (2011) Game Audio Curriculum Guidelines. Interactive Audio Special Interest Group. MIDI Manufacturers Association, La Habra, U.S.A..
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