Kasson Crooker

aka: DJ HMX, Komputer Kontroller
Moby ID: 28700

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Kasson began his career in the music industry after attending Berklee College of Music (music production and engineering major) at Lexicon where he worked in QA on products like the PCM90, MPX1, and 960, also making an abundance of presets for those devices. From there he moved to Papyrus Design as the sole audio person working on the PC racing title Grand Prix Legends.

Then a short retirement followed as he left Papyrus to record an album for Capitol Records with his then band Splashdown. Capitol undeservedly shelved the album, and by then Kasson had begun work in audio production at Harmonix Music Systems. His first title there was the 2000 game FreQuency which he did lead audio production on, and composed the songs under the band name's Freezepop, Symbion Project, DJ HMX, and Komputer Kontroller. He then worked on the second title Amplitude doing audio production and more compostion. Both those titles were published by SCEA.

He then became the Audio Director at Harmonix and went to work on 5 Karaoke Revolution titles for publisher Konami, and doing extensive sound design and audio systems implementation for the 2004 release of Eyetoy: AntiGrav (published by SCEA), the premier title exploiting the amazing potential of the eyetoy peripheral.

Following this was the extreme success of the Guitar Hero 1 & 2 series which Harmonix created and developed (plus the 80's edition). These games won many awards including Best Music Game 2005 (IGN) and Best of Show/Editors Choice at E3 2005, as well as winning many G.A.N.G. awards for audio. Kasson then transitioned out of audio and became a producer at Harmonix where he project lead the team creating the interactive music game Phase for the iPod, which was released in fall of 2007.

Kasson other main hobbies are his bands Freezepop and Symbion Project, and looking at mobiles.

Credited on 26 games

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Thumper (2016, Windows) Special Thanks
Amplitude (2016, PlayStation 3) 'Concept'
Dance Central 2 (2011, Xbox 360) Project Director
Rock Band Reloaded (2010, iPhone) Project Director
Dance Central (2010, Xbox 360) Project Lead
Rock Band 3 (2010, Wii) Pre-Production Lead
Green Day: Rock Band (2010, Wii) Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
The Beatles: Rock Band (2009, PlayStation 3) Project Director
LEGO Rock Band (2009, Nintendo DS) Project Director
Rock Band (2008, Wii) Additional Production
AC/DC Live: Rock Band - Track Pack (2008, PlayStation 2) Senior Producers
Guitar Hero: On Tour (2008, Nintendo DS) I Am Not Your Gameboy
Phase (2007, iPod Classic) Project Lead
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s (2007, PlayStation 2) Audio Director
Guitar Hero II (2007, Xbox 360) Audio Director
CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution - Country (2006, PlayStation 2) Audio Director
Dance Dance Revolution: Ultramix 3 (2005, Xbox) UI Music
Karaoke Revolution: Party (2005, PlayStation 2) Audio Director
Guitar Hero (2005, PlayStation 2) Audio Director
EyeToy: AntiGrav (2004, PlayStation 2) Audio Director

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