Derek HoffendDerek Hoffend, MFA, M.A.

Associate Professor of Game Design
Division: Design
Office location: Design Building

Professor Derek Hoffend joined the Becker College design program in 2011 as an associate professor of game design.

Hoffend is a visual and audio artist who creates sound-sculpture installations and electro-acoustic music. Installations examine intersections between sound, objects, body, and environment, combining electronic, acoustic, recorded, and self-generative audio processes with found and constructed objects and spaces. Live performances traverse immersive, evolving, textural soundscapes, combining composed and improvised digital and analog processes for computer, hand-made circuits, and modified electronic and acoustic instruments. Recent work has explored immersive audio, multi-channel arrangements and sculptural forms (4 to 12 speakers), tactile interfaces, viewer participation, resonant objects and spaces, and architecture and site as instrument.

Hoffend released his most recent music project under the moniker Aether Chroma, with the album Supernalia currently available on

Works have been performed or installed at Mobius Artist Space (Boston, MA), IBM (Cambridge, MA), Microsoft Start-up Labs (Cambridge, MA), the Distillery Gallery (South Boston, MA), Studio Soto (Boston, MA), Union Square (Somerville, MA), The Enormous Room (Cambridge, MA), sQuareone Studio (Boston, MA), 90.3 WZBC (Boston, MA), Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), Sonotheque (Chicago, IL), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), Athenaeum Theater, (Chicago, IL), and Consolidated Works (Seattle, WA).

Hoffend holds a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in art and technology, a M.A. from New York University in studio art, and a BFA from the State University of New York at Fredonia in sculpture and photography. He has also worked as a full-time visiting-faculty in sound at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and adjunct faculty in animation at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He is also a member of the New England Phonographer’s Union and the Mobius Artist Group, a non-profit intermedia artist collective based in Boston.