Amanda Laven is a composer and sound designer from the Capital Region of New York who specializes in synthesizing stylistic references into original pieces based on narratives, moods, and visual art. She is currently the audio QA subject matter expert on Diablo IV at Blizzard Entertainment and was previously the lead audio tester on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 at Vicarious Visions. Amanda holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the current chair of the Albany, NY chapter of the International Game Developers Association. She has spoken for GameSoundCon, Albany IGDA, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute Level UpState Game Incubator, and Union College music composition classes. Amanda is also a big nerd who loves games, movies, cartoons, cats, crochet, and sour beer.