Nathan Antony is a musician and freelance composer for games, film, podcasts, and even arcade machines.
In 2007 his alias, Derris-Kharlan, gained mild notoriety around the Internet for the chip music tracks he posted on a website called 8-bit Collective. Since then he has performed all over the East coast of Australia at events such as Soundbytes, Electrofringe, EB Games Expo, Blip Festival Australia, and most recently at Australia’s inaugural Penny Arcade Expo (PAX). Internationally he has performed in Chicago, New York and San Francisco at events surrounding Blip Festival and the Game Developers Conference (GDC). This success pushed him to further develop his composition skills, and contributed to his passion for the worldwide chip music scene, of which he is an active member.
In March 2012 Nathan decided to turn his hobby into something tangible and started seeking work composing music for games. Since then he has written music or contributed sound effects to over 30 projects including games, short film, podcasts, arcade machines and even a wedding invitation! His soundtrack for the highly successful Time Surfer by Kumobius was extremely well received with positive reviews coming from respectable websites such as Kotaku. His soundtrack for They Love You was nominated for Best Audio at Freeplay 2012, and the game also won Best Design and was highly commended in the Best Australian Game category. His work on Doki Doki at the Melbourne Global Game Jam was the recipient of an award for Best Audio.
Beyond his work in games, Nathan has given music workshops at ACMI in Melbourne, talked on panels at Melbourne’s inaugural Penny Arcade Expo, and been an actively involved member of the local game development community.