RIFT – Starfall Prophecy OST

  I’ve been working on RIFT now for around 9 years and have helped direct the music for the game and it’s numerous expansion packs over the years. This was the first time I was asked to write music. Man what a task! To follow on in Inon Zur’s...

Dazzo 3D Transducer Piezo Pickups!

Dazzo 3D Transducer Piezo Pickups!

Years ago after having a really nice talk with Ann Kroeber about surface microphones, I was determined to find myself one too and start exploring this hidden world of sound. Initially I started searching for Frapp pickups as that was what was the go to back in the...

What is this VR Audio thing people are talking about.

  The big buzzword which has been growing in popularity at GDC the last few years has been the return of VR (Virtual Reality) with a smaller subset AR (Augmented Reality). VR first appeared back in the 90’s as low resolution, slower response screens...

Mistakes – are meant to be!

Mistakes are there for a reason – to deviate you from the expected – and to teach you something. Many people think that they have to be perfect in everything they do, but you need to make a lot of mistakes to learn that perfection. So mistakes are not a...

About Audio Middleware

  So you’ve seen this term “audio middle-ware” flying around in conversations and possibly pondered these questions: What is audio middle-ware? Why do we need it? Why should I learn it? Which ones should I learn?   What is it? Audio...

The flickering light beckons…

I stumbled onto this sound by accident. Visiting the bathroom in an office building, I noticed a plinking sound – and decided to investigate. At first I thought it was the sound of a tap dripping onto a metal bar, but was pleasantly surprised to see a flickering...

Fixing an Apogee Mini-Me

I managed to blow my Apogee MiniMe for the second time. I think I plugged the wrong power supply into the unit and heard a sizzle and a burning smell (never good with electronics). Last time this happened, I sent the unit back to Apogee for repairs. $130 later I had a...

Trove OST

One of the fun things I get to do is write music for this game called “Trove” – a Voxel based MMORPG produced by Trionworlds. My stylistic choices for the game’s score was based on old retro games from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s –...

Lets get a little perspective!

I grabbed the vacuum in from the broom closet to tidy up a little before a presentation.  I noticed that this vacuum had a lot of audio character and after doing it’s job I set about seeing what sounds I could coax from this red beastie!   I have been using...