Archive for Game Audio

By request – IEZA framework high resolution PNG

Are you looking for a higher resolution image of the IEZA framework for your thesis, site or duvet cover? Look no futher, here it is, just click the image and download!

IEZA Framework for Game Audio - Large dimensions

IEZA Framework for Game Audio – Large dimensions.


Karmaflow: the world’s first Rock Opera Videogame!

Karmaflow Rock Opera Game

Karmaflow Rock Opera Game

Have you already heard about Karmaflow? Karmaflow is an indie-game that combines a stylistic platform/puzzle adventure game with the audio-visual narrative of an interactive rock opera, featuring several singers from famous rock and metalbands. Now this sounds like something unheard in the field of games…as well as the field of game audio. The project is initiated by Ivo van Dijk, who realized the impressive rock opera Equilibrio several years ago. The teaser trailer is available here:

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Most impressive developer-composer handshake story ever

Two weeks ago, while visiting Indievelopment 2013, I posted this tweet:

Most impressive developer-composer handshake story ever 
@indievelopment 2013 Amsterdam / Austin Wintory & 
Robin Hunicke - Journey #gameaudio

You can now view this presentation online!

The Game Developer and Audio Designer Handshake

The collaboration between game designers and audio designers is something I’ve been interested in for a long time…and a while ago I published an article about an HKU-research project focusing on the cooperation between these two parties.

The video below, kindly sent to me by Tom, shows a panel discussion featured at Casual Connect Seattle (July 2012) about exactly this topic. I just love the word handshake in this context, as it’s spot on for the ideal collaboration. Might be a video just for you, dear Captivating Sound reader!

Communication between developer and external audio team has never been more important. This discussion will highlight the materials needed to properly execute a project, our process as audio designers, why it’s important for the developer to understand this, and how we can improve the audio experience. The panel features a cross-section of audio designers, all with a unique perspective on interfacing with the developer.

Unity Audio Time Saver: changing import settings for multiple audio files

Edit: Unity5 supports changing multiple settings, so this post becomes obsolete!

Multiple-object editing not supported.

Multiple-object editing not supported. RSI!

Ever wondered why it’s not possible in Unity3d to change the sound settings of multiple sound assets at the same time? Unlike other importers, you get the “multiple-object editing not supported” notification if you try to do this.
Recently I came across this forum post outlaying a script that allows you to select various sound assets and apply the same setting for all selected files. So now you can toggle 100 sound files to 2d mode instead of 3d without mindlessly pressing that apply button 100 times!

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How it’s done at EA Audio Design

In this short sneak peek video, Jesse James Allen explains three basic technical models for incorporating adaptive music in games: trigger path (also horizontal resequencing), vertical mix (also vertical reorchestration) and runtime remix (a fresh term). Nice to know how it’s done at EA.

[Thanks at DutchGameMusic for the pointer]

(Dutch) Vacature Docent Sound Design voor Games

For your information, a job offer in NL for Sound Design for Games. More below the line…in Dutch!

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Austin Wintory and Tomáš Dvořák at Indievelopment in Amsterdam

Just a quick pointer about a special opportunity for those living in The Netherlands: the two acclaimed composers Austin Wintory (Journey and flOw) and Tomáš Dvořák (Machinarium) will present at the Dutch Indie Game Conference Indievelopment (25 April 2013).

Tickets are €10 (incl. lunch) and the event will take place during the Festival of Games at De Overkant, Amsterdam.

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Live Indie Game Concert in The Netherlands

Last Saturday I visited the Live Indie Game Concert organised by DutchGameMusic. A world first! The following tracks were performed by LUDWIG:
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Interactive Music Theory

Cell-based music / Horizontal Re-sequencing, simple and a more complex example.

I found some theory about interactive, adaptive, nonlinear game music that hasn’t been posted on Captivating Sound yet. It’s an oldie from 2011 by Than van Nispen tot Pannerden, Sander Huiberts, Sebastiaan Donders and Stan Koch.

Interactive music, in e.g. video games, often tends to be complex both in the creative and the technological part. Video games, that have any interactivity connected to the music, often have simplistic music and music technology. The sounding results vary greatly in quality, both in musical aesthetics and in interactive meaningfulness.

One of the interactive music strategies available is horizontal re-sequencing. In this paper experiences with a simple nonlinear music player (the nln-player), using this strategy, are being presented.

van Nispen tot Pannerden, T., Huiberts, S., Donders, S., & Koch, S. 2011, The nln-player: A system for nonlinear music in games. Paper presented at Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference 2011, University of Huddersfield, England.