Anton & Damian are joined by Guy Whitmore in a hotel room to look back at the conference, the game audio community, the podcast crowd that was amazingly present at the morning round ups and a look forward at the year ahead.
Oh Friday mornings, you are so beautifully cruel. An epic turn out for the last Sight Glass morning scrum of 2014. Ofcourse we look at the day before. We dive straight into Alastair Macgregor’s talk on GTA V and continue on with the 2 Last of Us Talks. This leads Anton and Ben into a bit HDR talk on “Pre-Seeding”. Ofcourse obviously this is followed by a discussion on the current relationship of the composer with their projects. A look at the day ahead is followed up by a discussion on the GANG awards. And we pay particular attention to Brandon Cole.
Anton & Damian are joined by a ton of people, including Andreas Varga, who together with Anton toke the stage at GDC official day 1 to do their talk about the next gen dynamic audio system of Killzone Shadow Fall. Of course the other talks are also dissected, Killer Instinct, Tomb Raider, etc etc. A discussion ensues about many things, collaboration, the use of bows in sound design are not the least of which. We also look ahead at the day of course.
It got so busy that unfortunately not everybody is as intelligible as we would like. Need to find a new approach for next year.
And we are 40! An early rise again for the guys and girls but so much excitement for the audio bootcamp day of GDC. Damian has some responsibilities there this year and Anton has his own thing going too. We talk about Oculus Rift and jam on what we expect from sound there. We also welcome new and old friends. So amazing to find people where there before Sightglass even opened. Thanks Guys!
GDC14 coverage is on! Damian and Anton meetup with lots of friends. A bit of speedskating and a lot of “what have you been up to this yea” while we get things in order. Sound quality note: trying out an experiment with a setup with sanken cub-1s on the 722 and a sony m1. Now its not always phase locked… But judging overall the intelligbility is there.
This episode highlights the Game Audio Podcast Inbox and digs deep into a correspondence from a linear audio professional interested in making the right moves to transition over to the game industry. Anton and Damian discuss questions like: “What is Technical Sound Design” ,”What can a person do as they begin their journey into game audio?”, and “How do you get experience?”. Also rapped a bit about the Global Game Jam, VST DSP Programming Environment, and the Mighty Boom Ball! Shout out to the Game Audio Hour, Tonebenders, DesigningSound.org – Sound Library Licensing.
We are also graced by another in the wonderful series of Audio Vignettes provided by the magnificent DB Cooper! Learn how to navigate and succeed at understanding the dreaded script spreadsheet and be sure to catch her talk at GDC this year: Mad Skillz for Directing Dialogue
Anton attempts to distract Damian with a conversation about “How to Focus” and some different strategies are discussed including: how to minimize distractions, cones-of-silence, and being a good neighbor.
A little GDC 2014 preview, Anton outlines the talk that he and Guerrilla Games Audio Programmer Andreas Vargas will be giving on the MADDER toolset and audio integration that was used as part of Killzone Shadow Fall on Wednesday. Sightglass Game Audio round-ups in the AM during GDC. Damian co-hosting the Audio Boot-Camp Audio Summit with Garry Taylor on Tuesday. Find out what kindof niche Damian likes to slip into, back-to-back Australians, and Antons top-picks for GDC session-building mayhem.
Matthew Burns – Shade Grown Games
Samantha Kalman – Sentris
Shaw-Han Liem – Robot and Proud
This episode finds the Game Audio Podcast exploring the world of “games that use music as a gameplay mechanism” with three talented game designers. Each have been experimenting with the connections between music and games in their own way; Matthew Burns (Shade Grown Games) with Starbloom & Planck, Samantha Kalman (Timber Interactive) with her recently Kickstarted Sentris, and Shaw-Han Liem in collaboration with Jonathan Mak (Quesy Games) on Sound Shapes. Through discussion involving: games as musical instruments, visual scores, game design as composition, live-coding, and more, we talk through some of the reasons why music games are alive-and-well in the world today. Joy!
In this episode of the game audio podcast our regular guests Kenny Young (Tearaway, LittleBigPlanet) and Rob Bridgett(Prototype2, Game Audio Culture) join our powwow to discuss what they have been up to. We talk about Damian’s new job and premier of his new job title. We also go into crunching, the endless middleware vs custom solution debate Anton and Damian have ad nauseam goes another round. And Db Cooper gracely send us another one of her vignette’s. In this episode she discusses going out on a limb when doing an audition.
Damian mentions an email database for a hitchhikers guide to the galaxy dev team being unearthed. That story can be found here
Kenny mentions 2 books that Rob had mentioned in an article:
It’s Purple Someones Gonna Die
How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul
Here are some of the links:
DesigningSound.org : The Sound of Tearaway
AudioMedia : Tearaway
Rob Bridgett : Game Audio Culture
Rob Bridgett : Audio Pillars
Twitch.tv : SoundSelf
Twitch.tv : Joonas Turner
In this episode Damian and Anton catch up about the past few months. But the main course is a conversation with Robin Arnott, audio designer and interactive artist. We discuss his projects Deep Sea, Anti Chamber & Sound Self. Human Perception is a key part of Robin’s work and its in that area that we dive head first.
Edit by Stefan Rutherford