Interviews

Sound Design and Accessibility Interviews

Over the last couple years, I’ve conducted interviews with professionals in audio and accessibility for Designing Sound and A Sound Effect. I can’t overstate how much I’ve learned from these individuals:

Pit People by The Behemoth "We Make Games"

Recently I interviewed Ian Moreno from The Behemoth about the sound design in their newest game Pit People. For longtime fans (like myself), Pit People has what we’ve come to expect: quotable performances, enticing music, and absurd sound effects—all which make their games so endearing and addictive. Hear from Ian about the fun, collaborative process of creating game audio at The Behemoth.

 

Gears formed into the shape of a brain

The Audio Mentoring Project is a fantastic new initiative, aimed at sharing knowledge within the game audio community. And here, Ariel Gross shares the story and thoughts behind this great project, how you can become a mentor or mentee – and why it’s so important that you take part.

 

Criware Audio Middleware

When considering an audio middleware solution, it’s no secret there are many options out there; and CRI Middleware is here to make that choice even tougher. I spoke to Adam Levenson, CRI Middleware’s General Manager for Europe and North America, about their champion product with impressive tools and workflows for implementing audio and video.

 

Dishonored 2 artwork by Petur Arnorsson

They blew us away with their open-world stealth game Dishonored in 2012, and with a second installment that boasted a larger world, brain-twisting maps, and two playable characters, we couldn’t wait to hear from Arkane Studio’s sound team about the detailed soundscapes of Dishonored 2.

 

Game Audio Book Covers

Knowledge is power, and the insight offered in these three compilations will help you become a more well-rounded sound designer no matter where you are in your career.

 

Aragami peers from roof with katana at the ready

Aragami is a beautifully cel-shaded ninja stealth game, and I was lucky enough to have a chance to talk to Two Feathers Studio’s Nicklas Hjertberg and Elvira Björkman, the team behind the game’s peaceful yet brutal sound design and music.

 

A lone survivor on an abandoned spaceship

Event[0] is an exploration adventure game crafted with puzzles, personality and lots of artful, detailed audio. I spoke to sound designers Matt Bonneau and Swann Menage about the game’s audio and learn how they sowed character into a ship who’s accepted its speckled solitude.

 

The sign from A Hero's Call

Drew is the sound designer for the upcoming blind-accessible turn-based strategy game A Hero’s Call by Out of Sight Games. In this interview Drew shares his experience creating characters without visual references and what inspires him to work on such out-of-the-box projects.

 

Kedar and his team

Kedar Shashidhar and his team are developing their first blind-accessible horror game, Sight Unseen. Kedar was kind enough to share stories about developing this immersive ear-lead experience and taking a fresh approach to design for diverse audiences.

 

Ana Monte stands with a boom mic in the Erbil refugee camp

Ana Monte shares her experience as recordist for Picturing War, following journalist and war photographer Benjamin Hiller as he captures images of a YPJ all-female fighter unit, a refugee camp in Erbil, the Murambi Genocide Memorial in Rwanda, and Kurdish soldiers fighting in Northern Iraq.

 

Per Anders on the coast of Skvöde, Sweden

Per Anders Östblad—a Lecturer in Media Arts, Aesthetics and Narration at his alma-mater, The University of Skövde—shares about his new game Frequency Missing, a point-and-click adventure that can be enjoyed by blind and sighted players alike.

 

A boom and digital recorder face the European cityscape

When creating sound effects, how have you pushed the boundary? I asked this question to the SFX and synth creators in our community, and dozens of them responded with stories about how they’ve innovated in their areas of expertise in this nine-part series.

 

James Kyle smiles with the AudioJam logo nearby

James Kyle is a Scottish game artist and volunteer with the Royal National Institute of Blind People who is running Audiogame Jam, an international game jam focused on blind-accessible games. Here’s the story behind the project – and how you can support it.

 


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