ZHIYONG MIKE LI
COMPOSER | SOUND DESIGNER
Zhiyong Mike Li (李智勇) is a composer & sound designer specializing in films and video games. His specialties include music production, sound design and audio implementation for film and video games. Mike is currently working as an Assistant Sound Designer at The Sound Lab, an Los Angeles-based game audio company. Born in Dalian, China, Mike began his musical passion by playing Chinese Flute at 8. He moved to the United States and studied music composition and Piano at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. In 2022, he graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, with a dual degree in Film Scoring and Electronic Production & Design. Mike started his audio career by playing the Chinese Flute at 8. He is equipped with various skills and working experiences in the audio-related industries. In 2019, Mike is selected for an internship at the renowned audio production company — Hexany Audio LLC in Los Angeles, California. Throughout his training at Hexany, Mike assisted the composers & sound designers and recorded the Chinese Flute in various recording sessions for video game projects, most notably Honor of Kings (王者荣耀), Kingdom Craft (乱世王者), and Moonlight Blade (天涯明月刀). In 2021, Mike is selected for another internship with the Chinese Tech Giant — Tencent Games (腾讯游戏) in Shanghai, China. While at Tencent, Mike worked on an upcoming music game project as a rhythm score designer and audio asset manager. Soon after his Internship at Tencent, Mike started another job as a Music Technology Lab Assistant at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He used his extensive knowledge in audio systems to troubleshoot and maintain over 20 music studios and labs across Berklee. In January 2022, it started as an advanced elective class at Berklee and then later grew into a professional project. Mike started working on a VR Experience called Dream Machine as a Technical Sound Designer and Unity Visual & Audio System Designer. In addition to having designed and implemented various sound effects for the game, the project has sparked Mike's deep passion for creating musical performance systems and instruments in VR. He made an interactive music performance system in VR, including various unique instruments, and has received praise from famous artists, including Vernon Reid and Nona Hendryx. The project is still under development and will come out in 2023. In July 2022, soon after graduation from Berklee College of Music, Mike started a full-time position as an Assistant Sound Designer at the Sound Lab in Burbank, California, where he will continue his passion for making audio for video games.