Selected Game Audio

Siege Hammer VR

…for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, out now on Steam.

Positional music changes here, as I jump to different locations on the board.

Siege Hammer is a uniquely-designed strategic VR tower defense game where players take the role of the young hero, Blip, and are granted a magical hammer to defend the realm from evil invaders. The fuzzy blue npcs (‘Wisps’) are a source of power. Focusing gaze on a Wisp will entice it to fly to the hammer weapon and charge it with energy. Part of the fun is looking around the scene and up into the sky to find them and bring them to you.

Wisps have the most complex sound design in the game, emitting a variety of constant  vocalization/propelling loops while in flight.

– Fun features: wield the mighty Siege Hammer with four dynamic variations of Blip and construct 3 types of upgradeable towers in order to fend off multiple waves of invaders across 40+ hours of enjoyable gameplay!

– Entry level: easy and intuitive to play with controllers or gaze, smooth experience to maximize comfort and control over the environment, no standing room required, move smoothly or by teleportation!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/536230/Siege_Hammer/

Earth Primer ui sound design

Earth Primer is a fantastic learning experience: Imagine if your Earth Science book was interactive, and you could sculpt with magma, lava, rain and wind, and move tectonic plates with your fingertips! I was lucky enough to get to play a small role designing UI sounds in Chaim Gingold’s lovely interactive book.

Credit to Cliff Caruthers for all the beautiful music, inner-Earth and weather ambiences in this.

Now available on the Mac App Store, as well as iPad. More info about the project here: http://www.earthprimer.com

 

 

Monkey King

This game was made by a small and talented team for AT&T’s presentation booth at the Chinese New Year Festival’s Flower Market Fair this weekend (Jan 30 and 31st) in SF Chinatown.  It’s multiplayer on several android devices at the booth, and players’ scores are updated live on a central display screen.  This is a quick screen grab of what the player sees on the devices, but you’ll have to visit us in person at the fair to see and hear all the animations and sounds that get fired off on the central screen as the players rack up their gold coins.  Details: Chinese New Year Festival

Tiny Marble’s “Burds” is live in the App Store and doing great!

 

Go, little burdies, go! Burds, the addictive puzzle game created by Justin Cooper and Troy Sandal at Tiny Marble, is currently featured in the “Best New Games” category in the App Store. I couldn’t be more delighted. It’s a charming game that was a pleasure to work on. Every SFX in this game is very musical: There are tons of tiered musical rewards, and I had a lot of fun voicing the singing burds. I used some pitch and formant shifters to make the burd voices cute and small, and layered the results to get a chorus of them. The basic tweets and chirps for when you connect 2 or more are crafted with a little FM synth magic. This game’s art was an inspiration — I fell in love immediately and the characters’ warbly little singing voices came to me quickly. Check it out here: Burds iOS

Audio Ambience in Heroes & Havoc’s Isha Realm


Each God Realm in Heroes & Havoc has its own unique, signature soundscape. One of my favorite sound moments in the game is when story placards for the Isha Realm appear. Listen for the moment or two of tranquility before I get clobbered by the arrows of the Isha warriors (I get a few Havoc hits in later that even things out, but here at the beginning of this battle I take a lot of damage). The story placards usually appear right before a battle, so when I was creating them, I was trying to get the ambiences to (gently) break the forward momentum, giving the player the time and mental space to focus on the text and maybe get into the story a little. The Isha one has a nice hushed, sacred feel.

Lightspeed Brigade


This is a prototype making its way through production right now. Completely rad spaceship flocking behavior, as well as everything in this game besides sound asset creation, courtesy of Marc LeBlanc – graphics, galaxies, AI. I am especially proud of the fighter fleet’s shoot sound pitch shift variation happening via Marc’s drunk walk algorithm. I built a quick max patch to sketch out how I wanted it to sound, and he made it happen in the iOS build. Every time your opponent takes out one of your starbases, the music track changes to something increasingly urgent. In my second game, you can hear this happen very quickly as my opponent (red) makes quick work of destroying them.