Soundbytes Podcast

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Dec

Soundbytes Podcast - EP 37 - Interview with scntfc and Eduardo Ortiz Frau

Hello! Welcome back to episode thirty-seven of our monthly podcast about games and game audio. This month, we were incredibly lucky to be joined by two incredibly talented audio people: composer scntfc (Andy Rohrmann) and sound designer Eduardo Ortiz Frau. Both Andy and Eduardo have just finished up working on the newly released game, Afterparty. We loved the sound and music of Afterparty, so it was a real honour to be able to dig into some of the specifics that went into its creation. We talked about Eduardo and Andy's backgrounds in audio and games, about how they both ended up working on Afterparty, and we discussed their approach to creating audio such a unique gaming experience. A huge thanks to both Andy and Eduardo for taking the time to chat to us, it was an incredibly insightful and inspiring interview.

You can follow Eduardo on Twitter here: @edsounddesign and Andy on Twitter here: @scntfc.

Afterparty is out now, and can be purchased on Xbox One, PS4 and the Epic Games Store.

Hosted by: 

Derek Brown - @subwoofersub
Barney Oram - @BarneyOram1

Follow Soundbytes on Twitter: @soundbytes_p

Links to things we mentioned:

Sword & Sworcery: Moon Grotto by scntfc

Oxenfree by scntfc

The Stanley Parable

Night School Studio

1
Nov

Soundbytes Podcast - EP 36 - Three Years

Hello! Welcome back to episode thirty-six of our monthly podcast about games and game audio. This month marks an incredible milestone for us - three whole years of the Soundbytes podcast! It's been great a journey and a lot of fun. We're thankful for everyone who has listened to us. In this month's episode we talk a bit about the past 3 years, we talk about settling into new jobs, and Barney talks about a recent field recording expedition he went on.

Hosted by:

Derek Brown - @subwoofersub
Barney Oram - @BarneyOram1

Follow Soundbytes on Twitter: @soundbytes_p

Links to things we mentioned:

SoundDevices MixPre-6 II

Trench Rammer Recording Session

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Oct

Soundbytes Podcast - EP 35 - Life Update

Hello! Welcome back to episode thirty-five of our monthly podcast about games and game audio. Just a very short one from us this month, as we're both very busy. Barney is currently travelling in Israel after having just started a new job with SweetJustice, and Derek in settling into a new job at Naughty Dog and a new home in LA. It's been a hectic month for us so we decided to pre-record a quick update on where our lives are at. We'll be back very soon with more of that infectious banter and game audio knowledge share. Have a lovely October! 

Hosted by:

Derek Brown - @subwoofersub
Barney Oram - @BarneyOram1

Follow Soundbytes on Twitter: @soundbytes_p

1
Sep

Soundbytes Podcast - EP 34 - Summer’s End

Hello! Welcome back to episode thirty-four of our monthly podcast about games and game audio. This month, we talk No Man's Sky, new mic purchases, the final Joker trailer, the new SoundDevices Mixpre-6 II, Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, and much, much more. 

Hosted by:

Derek Brown - @subwoofersub
Barney Oram - @BarneyOram1

Follow Soundbytes on Twitter: @soundbytes_p

Links to things we mentioned:

No Man's Sky BEYOND

Sanken CO-100k, Sennheiser MKH8060 and Aquarian Audio H2a Hydrophone

Joker Final Trailer

Sound Devices MixPre-6 II

Steal Like an Artist - Austin Kleon

Tonsturm Whoosh

The Secret To The Gruesome Sounds In Mortal Kombat Is Exploding Vegetables

Stephen Schapps' Reaper Theme

Bullet Journal

Value of Gigabyte 1980 - 2009

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Aug

Soundbytes Podcast - EP 33 - Workflow and Process

Hello! Welcome back to episode thirty-three of our monthly podcast about games and game audio. This month, we talk about our new library, Lo-Fi Sci-Fi, Barney's new Neumann's, the new Richard King library from Pro Sound Effects, Far Cry 5, and we answer a bunch of wonderful questions about workflow and process - thanks to Nikolaj de Haan for those!

Hosted by:

Derek Brown - @subwoofersub
Barney Oram - @BarneyOram1

Follow Soundbytes on Twitter: @soundbytes_p

Links to things we mentioned:

Lo-Fi Sci-Fi by Barney Oram and Derek Brown - on ASoundEffect

Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Trailer

Far Cry 5: The Hope County Choir - 'Oh the Bliss'

Far Cry 5: The Hope County Choir - 'Help Me Faith'

Pro Sound Effects - King Collection: Volume 1

Neumann KH120

London Game Audio Drinks - Saturday 3rd of August

1
Jul

Soundbytes Podcast - EP 32 - A Reddit Adventure

Hello! Welcome back to episode thirty-two of our monthly podcast about games and game audio. This month, we talk E3 2019, Godzilla, Keanu Reeves, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Tetris Effect, and we dive into the depths of Reddit, and visit /r/GameAudio/, for some juicy topics.

Hosted by: 

Derek Brown - @subwoofersub
Barney Oram - @BarneyOram1

Follow Soundbytes on Twitter: @soundbytes_p

Links to things we mentioned:

Reddit: Working Remotely and the Challenges

Reddit: Is it too late for me to get into video game music?

Reddit: How would you create fantasy insectoid sounds?

Summer Games Done Quick

Game Audio Shack 2019

Develop Conference Brighton 2019

The Lord of the Rings - Shelob's Lair

Tonebenders - Dave Whitehead

1
Jun

Soundbytes Podcast - EP 31 - Reel Basics

Hello! Welcome back to episode thirty-one of our monthly podcast about games and game audio. This month, we have a chat about showreels, and how to best approach showreels as a sound designer in the games industry. We go over some basic info and talk a bit about our experience making reels over the years. We also talk about Avengers: Endgame, Shazam!, Death Stranding, Raising Kratos, Divinity: Original Sin II, Austin Wintory's GDC 2019 talk The 'Banner Saga' Franchise: Making Indie Sound AAA and many more fun things.

This month, we're really excited to be sponsored by our friends at Pro Sound Effects! They have sent us over a copy of 'Bass Machine', a new library from their Sonomar Collection. We have a chat about the library in the episode, and we've also made a couple of videos for you to hear more of the library, here and here. You can also get a fantastic $50 off the library, when using the code 'SOUNDBYTES' at the checkout! Thanks PSE! 

Hosted by: 

Derek Brown - @subwoofersub
Barney Oram - @BarneyOram1

Follow Soundbytes on Twitter: @soundbytes_p

Links to things we mentioned:

Muppet Elevator: Battle Hymn of the Republic

God of War - Raising Kratos: Full Length Feature

PowerUp Audio's ReelTalk

Death Stranding – Release Date Reveal Trailer

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May

Soundbytes Podcast - EP 30 - Interview with Josie Brechner

Hello! Welcome back to episode thirty of our monthly podcast about games and game audio. This month, we sat down with Josie Brechner and had a chat about music, GDC, freelancing and getting started in the crazy world of game audio! Josie is a sound designer and composer, based out of New York, and has worked on games such as Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, Extreme Meatpunks Forever, and more. We were very inspired by talking to Josie, and we hope you enjoy the conversation we had!

You can follow Josie on Twitter here: @visagermusic.

Hosted by: 

Derek Brown - @subwoofersub
Barney Oram - @BarneyOram1

Follow Soundbytes on Twitter: @soundbytes_p

Links to things we mentioned:

Josie's Album 'Songs from an Unmade World' on Bandcamp

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King OST

Blossom Tales The Sleeping King Trailer

TrainJam

EXTREME MEATPUNKS FOREVER: Powered By Blood OST

EXTREME MEATPUNKS FOREVER Trailer

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Apr

Soundbytes Podcast - EP 29 - Interview with Alex Previty

Hello! Welcome back to episode twenty-nine of our monthly podcast about games and game audio. We were at GDC this month, and we took the opportunity during the week to sit down with our friend, Alex Previty, for an interview. Alex is an audio designer at Insomniac Games, and recently worked on their 2018 title, 'Spider-Man' for the PS4. We talked about Alex's background in games, about his entry into the world of sound design, and about some of his work on Spider-Man. A huge thanks to Alex for taking some time out of a very busy week to chat with us, it was a very interesting and inspiring interview!

You can follow Alex on Twitter here: @alexprevity.

Hosted by: 

Derek Brown - @subwoofersub
Barney Oram - @BarneyOram1

Follow Soundbytes on Twitter: @soundbytes_p

Links to things we mentioned:

Spider-Man PS4 (2018)

Insomniac Games

GDC Talk: Designing the Bustling Soundscape of New York City in 'Marvel's Spider-Man' by Alex Previty and Blake Johnson

Game Audio Podcast GDC Morning Meets @ Sennheiser Store

Collected Transients - Diffuse City Library

1
Mar

Soundbytes Podcast - EP 28 - Interview with Josh Bell and Francesco Del Pia

Hello! Welcome back to episode twenty-eight of our monthly podcast about games and game audio. This month, Barney sat down with his two friends and colleagues, Josh Bell and Francesco Del Pia, to discuss life at Cloud Imperium Games, making sounds for spaceships and spacesuits, and generally working with a big team on a big project. We also talked about finding work in the games industry as a sound designer, how to deal with moving to a new city and a new country to join a company, and how to get past the impostor syndrome that comes with starting a career in sound. A huge thanks to Josh and Fran for taking the time to chat, we had a great discussion and we hope it is helpful information, especially for newcomers to the industry.

You can follow Josh on Twitter here: @joshadambell and Fran on Twitter here: @makeatemplate.

Hosted by: 

Derek Brown - @subwoofersub
Barney Oram - @BarneyOram1

Follow Soundbytes on Twitter: @soundbytes_p

Links to things we mentioned:

Star Citizen

Wwise

VFS - Vancouver Film School

First Man

Star Citizen: The Sound of Fury Video