Tag Archive for Game Audio

Game Audio Industry Survey 2015

Just a quick pointer to the Game Audio Industry Survey!

The game development web site, Gamasutra, recently published the results of their annual game developer salary survey. This year, the results were somewhat puzzling, with “audio” salaries coming in higher than every other discipline except “business and management.”

Part of the reason for this unexpected result is that audio, more than most other game disciplines, has a very high percentage of non-salaried freelancers, which are unaccounted for in the Gamautra survey. Gamasutra also commented on the “smaller pool of respondents,” (33 “audio professionals” completed the survey) causing the results to be “more easily skewed.”

With that in mind, Brian Schmidt et al created a survey that attempted to more accurately capture the issues of contracts, terms and compensation in game audio.

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The Game Pulse – Timing Game Events and Music Events [PDF]

Here’s a pointer to a paper in which we examine how to design nonlinear music systems that allow for music events to coincide and correspond with dynamically changing game events. We address the challenges of connecting nonlinear music systems to gameplay and distinguish three approaches for timing time music events and game events: Trail, Sync and Lead. We explore these three approaches in the design case study Gluddle versus The Supervision, a game created by the authors. Our preliminary findings illustrate the benefits of combining Trail, Sync and Lead, positively influencing the game experience, but also the need for extra attention to gameplay balance and technical implementation.

Download The Game Pulse – Timing Game Events and Music Events

By Richard van Tol and Sander Huiberts – Proceedings Innovation In Music 2013. Innovation In Music 2013. Edited by R. Hepworth-Sawyer, J.Hodgson, R. Toulson & J.L. Paterson. ISBN 978-0-9561516-8-1

Beep: A Documentary History of Video Game Sound

Karen Collins is running a KickStarter for a game sound documentary: Beep: A Documentary History of Video Game Sound.

Pledge or read more on KickStarter!

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Protected: Game Audio Collaboration Continued – The Handshake

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Game Sound & Immersion – Annotations

Gijs Driesenaar sent me his annotations of Captivating Sound: the Role of Audio for Immersion in Games. If you’re a little short on time but would like to know what’s in the thesis, you can consider this the essence of the book. The numbers refer to page numbers. [Download as PDF]

6. This thesis explores the relation between game audio and (computer) game immersion. Audio is studied using the IEZA‐model (Interface, Effect, Zone, Affect) and the SCI‐model(Sensory- Challenge-based- and Imaginative Immersion), and several design issues are described. This yields a conceptual framework that describes various audio design issues that can be used to reflect upon conceptual decisions relevant for the design of audio in relation to immersion.

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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!

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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[Dutch] GameBedrijven / GameAudiobedrijven / Stageplaatsen in Nederland

Some information about game audio internships in The Netherlands (in Dutch).

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IEZA-framework at Wikipedia

Richard and I have added the IEZA framework for game audio on Wikipedia. This way everyone who uses IEZA can contribute to the further development of this framework and add his or her insights.

IEZA framework can be used to conceptualise the communication by means of game audio

IEZA framework can be used to conceptualise the communication by means of game audio

The URL is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEZA_Framework

PhD Thesis Captivating Sound: the Role of Audio for Immersion in Games

PhD award

PhD award

The word is out: I hereby present you my PhD thesis! After the final writeup in 2009, it took some time to get my viva arranged in August 2010. Sorry to keep you waiting…but now, it can be downloaded via this blog.

This thesis addresses the role of audio for immersion. Yep, the I-word…almost just as Impossible as it is Irresistible to designers. Yet, I’ve tried to come up with some useful theory for those who want to know more about the design of sound, music and speech in games and the conceptual decisions that are involved.

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