Thursday, February 08, 2007

How is sound used in games? Who are some of the ket composers working in games? What are your key sonic moments in your gaming history? And is it true that the Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards composition 'Good Times' is the most influential recording made in the 20th Century?

sound brings atmosphere and tension it hightens mood and game pace, it makes a game worth playing, have you ever got to a part on halo were your a bit tired and feel like saving and quiting but then u here that feint sound in the background then it gets louder adn louder and the heavy steve via riff comes into play egging u to move on, makes you sit up and wanna squash those alien scum. i love that tune made me play that game like crazy and i loved it so much that i learned to play it on guitar. there are also tunes in games that arnt actual songs just ambient sounds which change the mod of the area especially when you pass from a large open bright safe place to an eerie dark secluded dungeon. on alot of games especialy oblivion and neverwinter nights 2 i changed some of the music files so i can go into battle with heavy metal music making me wanna bash the skulls of goblins or rip apart a low armoured archer until the musci fades away and im standing there victorious then the slow ambient music comes on after the battle calming me down and taking me out of the frenzied state of barberionism (i think u just made up a word) music can also indicate whats coming round the corner and start your adrenalin pumping for the fight ahead, for example in fear i was walkin towards a shut door and music started playing and my heart started mumping the......BANG!!... the door ripped of its hinges and a fully armoured soldier with a nail gun popped out with 2 other soldiers brandishing shjotguns, i quickly chucked on granades and burst into slow mo dodging bullets while lobbing explosives but this guy kept coming making me wish i had it on easy, all this time heavy metal music in my ears making me go crasy in slow mo as soldiers heads flew off from my shotgun bursts at point blank range. man that was exciting.

one great composer of games is steve horowitz, he has made music for sony, sega and many titles for nickalodeon like Sponge bob;
Dora The Explorer; Jimmy Neutron and Joe from "Blues Clues"
kojo kondo is another great composer as he made all the well known tunes from every mario game and every zelda games.
Nobuo Uematsu, composer of the much loved Final Fantasy games series music he is so well known that all his music was played at walt disney concert hall in may 2004.

there are many composers out there alot with very good titles under there belt and alot with not so many but to see real great composition you need to check out composers from many diferent companies and many differen countries, but to be honest great composers is down to taste for example people might like the music from silent hill created by
Akira Yamaoka but some may not in my opinion the music and soundtrack is one of my alltime favourites but other poeple might disagree and like music from say Sponge Bob Square Pants, its all down to taste.


Fronde said...

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