Matt Boch is a visiting Associate Professor in game design at the NYU Game Center. He also serves as a Creative Director at Harmonix Music Systems, designing and directing of some of Harmonix’s premier titles.
Matt is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies. Upon completing his thesis, a series of custom-built arcade cabinets housing unique art-oriented video games, he began work at Harmonix Music Systems. From 2007-2010, he worked as a hardware designer, developing the look, feel and functionality of Rock Band’s iconic set of instruments.
Matt then moved from the world of hardware to the arena of game design when he began prototyping what would become Dance Central, utilizing his love for both music and dance. He served as lead designer and project director for the Dance Central franchise through Dance Central 3. Matt directed a team of over 100 developers in creating Harmonix’s newest innovation in music gaming, Fantasia: Music Evolved, a collaboration with Disney to bring the classic film into the 21st century. Most recently, he contributed product management, design, and code for Beat Sports, a title launching with the new Apple TV.
Over the course of his career he’s occupied a huge variety of roles: from designer and producer to coder, artist, and game writer. He’s developed a number of games independently, which have been exhibited at the New York MOMA, Indiecade, and more. Matt has also given a number of critically-focused presentations at events like the Queerness and Games Conference, the Nordic Game Conference, and the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. In his spare time, Matt makes video game remixes through his music project, anigif.