Archive for January, 2009

10
Jan
09

GDC ’09, sound talk

gdc09GDC is coming up fast, and the sound discussions are as always interesting.  Here‘s a complete list of all discussions.

Peter Kirn of world’s-greatest-blog CDM said something interesting in his GDC writeup:

“Some terrific stuff, but I also can’t help notice what’s missing – not the fault of GDC, but the direction of audio and music in games. There’s a clear bias for big scores, discussions of orchestras and chorus, and linear, non-interactive, Hollywood-style musical narrative…

…it seems like part of the potential spectrum is getting left out, and I can’t say that musical innovation has kept pace with everything that’s happening in experimental game design.”

I couldn’t agree more, allthough there are several people doing interesting things (see previous post about Troels Folmann).

And the same goes for storytelling in games. It might be a bit more Hollywood in its writing, but it’s still the same plot and presentation as ten years ago.
But interesting things are happening there as well. More about that in a future post.

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06
Jan
09

Tomb Raider: Underworld OST free download

TPCOVERPS3CASEvctr108The soundtrack for Tomb Raider: Underworld, composed by Colin O’Malley and Troels Folmann has been released as a free download. I haven’t listened to it yet, and I’ve only played the demo, but what I heard sounded good.

Troels Folmann did some excellent interactive scoring for Tomb Raider: Legend and rightly got a BAFTA award (Best Original Score) for it.

Check out this excellent interview with Troels about micro-scoring for games. It’s a very interesting read.