Brian Schmidt's Blog
Brian Schmidt is a 25-year game audio veteran and an independent Game Audio Consultant, Composer and Sound Designer at Brian Schmidt Studios, LLC. He is also the founder and Executive Director ofGameSoundCon. Brian sits on the GDC Advisory Board and is President of the Game Audio Network Guild. He also founded EarGames, a new game company writing unique "video" games that rely on sound rather than visuals for gameplay.
Sound has always been an important component of videogames. But what happens when you turn that on its head and design a game where sound is the main driver of gameplay?
Austin Wintory's Game Soundtrack for Journey may become the first videogame soundtrack to win a Grammy at this weekend's Grammy Awards.
Game Industry veteran Brian Schmidt discusses how as a game developer or publisher a better understanding of music performance rights can put more money in everyone's pocket. This is the first in a series on Music Rights and the game industry.
Designing the Boot Sound for the Original Xbox required going 'old-school' and the use of sequenced, real-time generated sound.
This blog post describes some of the challenges of creating the sound and the design process itself.
Brian Schmidt's Comments
[Feature - 06/24/2013 - 01:00]
Joseph--that 's funny... r nWhen ...
Joseph--that 's funny... r nWhen I was doing Genesis/SNES music and sound, I 'd do the same thing, though in reverse. My system was designed to submit a single black-box binary file to the developer. I 'd always make sure my first delivery filled up my entire audio budget, even ...
[Blog - 06/17/2013 - 04:50]
Indeed. Particularly for the visually ...
Indeed. Particularly for the visually impaired scenario, better playtesting would have helped. We playtested blind by blanking out the screen, but with sighted players. But as it turned out visually impaired players had a whole different relationship with their devices and used them in a way that only became apparent ...
[Blog - 02/08/2013 - 07:44]
Just in--- r nUnfortunately, the ...
Just in--- r nUnfortunately, the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media went to Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross for the score for the film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo r n r nBut congratulations to Austin, for his trailblazing nomination.
[Blog - 10/25/2012 - 02:05]
[Blog - 09/28/2012 - 09:00]
Very nice article-- However, I ...
Very nice article-- However, I would differ on at least one point. r nYou say: r n First and foremost, play through the entirety of your game and create an Audio Asset list. r n r nIf you have waited until you can play through the entirety of your game ...
[News - 08/12/2011 - 05:41]
Totally agree that realism isn't ...
Totally agree that realism isn't what people want or what sells units... Hollywood as well as games have always exaggerated audio, whether it was making explosions unnatually large or punches and whooshes bizzarely loud and pronounced.. Great comments all around, but ironically I actually wasn't referring to sound itself in ...