Using everything from '50s wire recorders to modified stethoscopes, the sound design process for Heart Machine's Hyper Light Drifter was anything but conventional.
At the GDC Europe 2016 Independent Games Summit, composer and sound designer Akash Thakkar revealed how (over the course of three years!) the soundscape for the game was slowly forged, though it took countless revisions, refreshes, and retries for the audio design language of the game to come together.
It was an intriguing talk that offered a behind-the-scenes look at Hyper Light Drifter's unique sound design, so if you missed it at the time make sure to watch Thakkar's entire talk for free over on the Official GDC YouTube channel now!
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