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Professor Stephen Baysted

Professor of Film, TV and Games Composition

S.Baysted@chi.ac.uk | (01243) 816180

Award-winning British Film, TV and Video Game composer Stephen Baysted is well known for his versatility and for his emotionally charged and expressively powerful music. Stephen's acclaimed music scores have been enjoyed by viewers and players worldwide in a succession of award-winning Films, TV programmes and video games.

For television, Stephen has composed three seasons of Blink Film’s epic documentary series Ancient Mysteries for Channel 5, Smithsonian and SBS Australia; Prehistoric Megabeasts: Giant Croc vs Super Snake for Channel 4 and WNET; Blink Film’s three-part natural history series Volatile Earth for Channel 4 and WGBH Boston; King Tut’s Treasures for Channel 5; Shark-Croc Showdown for Discovery Channel; and two six-part series for BBC2 with two-Michelin-star chef in Tom Kerridge: Lose Weight for Good and A Fresh Start.

Recent game scores include the number one bestselling racing titles: Project Cars and Project Cars 2; Electronic Arts: Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed: Shift; Atari's Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends; and Robert Kirkman's: The Walking Dead: Assault.

Stephen's recent scores for film include Young Picasso, I Claude Monet, Renoir: Revered and Reviled, The Impressionists and the RTS-winning Matisse Live at the Tate and MoMA with director Phil Grabsky; the cult surrealist psychological drama Strange Factories; and Tim Pope's Brandy and Pep.

He has also composed the music for cinema, television and radio advertisements, including high profile campaigns for Budweiser, McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Samsung and writes for many leading music libraries.

Stephen’s work has been nominated for three Jerry Goldsmith Awards for best score, two Motion Picture Sound Editors ‘Golden Reel’ Awards for best audio in a game, a Golden Joystick Award for best audio and music in a game, and two Game Audio Network Guild Awards for best audio in a game. 

Born in London, his passion for music began during his school years singing, touring and recording with the internationally acclaimed Wandsworth School Boys Choir and playing clarinet in the London Schools' Symphony Orchestra. Stephen went on to study music at Southampton University and at Dartington College of Arts, where he was awarded a PhD in 2003.

Stephen is Editor-in-Chief of the world’s first academic journal dedicated to the study of sound and music in video games: The Journal of Sound and Music in Games.  The Journal is published by The University of California Press and hosted by the University of Chichester in the Department of Creative and Digital Technologies.  Stephen’s recent written outputs include chapters on the compositional and audio design processes of video games which appear in the following books: Ludomusicology: Approaches to Video Game Music (2016) for Equinox; Screen, Music, Sound (2017) for Routledge; The Cambridge Companion to Digital Culture (2019) for Cambridge University Press; The Oxford Handbook of the Creative Process in Music (2020) for Oxford University Press; and the Cambridge Companion to Video Game Music, Cambridge University Press (2020).

 

Some recent news stories:

Videogame music the focus for BBC Radio 3

Video Game Music: Lines, Loops and Layers 

University Professor who worked on Project Cars franchise reveals art of videogame composition 

Chichester Composer creates music for celebrity chef Tom Cerridge BBC Series 

 

Research

Stephen’s research is focused principally on composition for the moving image, and especially investigating questions of immersivity, diegesis and genre.  

Recent practice-based research outputs include:  the number one best selling AAA game scores: Project Cars and Project Cars 2; Red Bull’s Air Race: The Game; Electronic Arts: Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed: Shift; Atari’s Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends; and Robert Kirkman’s: The Walking Dead: Assault.  

Stephen’s recent scores for film include: I, Claude Monet, Renoir: Revered and reviled, The Impressionists and the Royal Television Society Award-winning Matisse Live from the Tate and MOMA with director Phil Grabsky; the surrealist psychological drama Strange Factories; and Tim Pope and Michael Holley’s Brandy and Pep. 

For television, Stephen has composed two seasons of Blink Film’s epic documentary series Ancient Mysteries for Channel 5, Smithsonian and SBS Australia; Prehistoric Megabeasts: Giant Croc vs Super Snake for Channel 4 and WNET; Blink Film’s three-part natural history series Volatile Earth for Channel 4; Shark-Croc Showdown for Discovery Channel; and a six-part series for BBC2 with 2 Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge: Lose Weight for Good.

He has also composed the music for cinema, television and radio advertisements, including high profile campaigns for Budweiser, McDonalds, Samsung and Pizza Hut.

Recent theoretical written outputs include chapters on the compositional and audio design processes of video games which appear in the following books: Ludomusicology: Approaches to Video Game Music (2016) for Equinox; Screen, Music, Sound (2017) for Routledge; and The Companion to Digital Culture (2017) for Cambridge University Press.

Stephen is Editor-in-Chief of the world’s first academic journal dedicated to the study of sound and music in video games: The Journal of Sound and Music in Games.  The Journal is hosted by the University in the Department of Creative and Digital Technologies.  

Chronological list or research outputs:

2018: King Tut’s Treasures (3 x 60 mins TV Series). Blink Films UK, Channel 4. 

2018: Tom Kerridge: Lose Weight for Good (6 x 30 mins TV Series).  BBC Television. 

2017: Project Cars 2 (Video Game). Bandai Namco Inc. & Slightly Mad Studios Ltd.

2017: Shark-Croc Showdown (TV Documentary). Big Wave Productions, Discovery Channel.

2017: I, Claude Monet (Feature Documentary, Cinema and TV). Directed by Phil Grabsky, Seventh Art Productions.

2017: NOVA: Raging Planet (3 x 1 hour TV Series Documentary).  Blink Films UK, Channel 4, PBS (USA)

2017: Ancient Mysteries (8 x 1 hour TV Series Documentary).  Blink Films UK, Channel 4, SBS Australia & Smithsonian (USA)

2017: The River (Short).  Directed by Michael Holley. Trundle Films.

2017: Cured (Short). Directed by Darren Mapletoft.  Trundle Films.

2016: Prehistoric Megabeasts (TV Documentary).  Blink Films UK, Channel 4, WNET (USA)

2016: Ancient Mysteries (6 x 1 hour TV Series Documentary).  Blink Flims UK, Channel 5, SBS Australia & Smithsonian (USA)

2016: Red Bull Air Race: The Game (Video Game). Red Bull Gmbh, Wing Racers & Slightly Mad Studios.

2016: Renoir: Revered and Reviled (Feature Documentary, Cinema and TV). Directed by Phil Grabsky, Seventh Art Productions.

2015: War Dogs. (Feature Film). Directed by Darren S Cook, Lionsgate Films Ltd. 

2015: Brandy and Pep. (Short) Directed by Tim Pope. Trundle Films.

2015: The Impressionists and the man who made them. (Feature Documentary, Cinema and TV).  Directed by Phil Grabsky, Seventh Art Productions.

2015: Project Cars. (Video Game). Bandai Namco Inc. & Slightly Mad Studios Ltd.

2015: Deep Cuts (3 x 1 hour TV Series). Directed by Darren Bransford.

2014: Hulk and the Agents of SMASH (TV Animation, additional composition).  Disney Television Animation/ABC/Film Roman Productions

2014: Matisse Live at the Tate and MOMA (Live Worldwide Cinematic Simulcast Documentary). Directed by Phil Grabsky, Seventh Art Productions. 

2014 World of Speed (video game). My.com & Slightly Mad Studios Ltd.

2013 Mercs (feature film), directed by Darren Cook, Lionsgate Films Ltd.

2013 My Name is Georgina (film short) directed by Michael Holley, Trundle Films

2013 Submerged (film short) directed by Darren Mapletoft, Trundle Films

2013 Save Armstrong (Animation), Sumatran Orang-utan Society 

2012 Strange Factories (feature film), directed by Paul Harrigan.

2012 Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends (video game), Atari, Ferrari S.p.A. & Slightly Mad Studios Ltd.

2012 The Walking Dead (video game), Skybound & Skybound Asia, & Gamagio.

2011 Need for Speed – Shift 2: Unleashed.  Electronic Arts Inc. & Slightly Mad Studios Ltd.