Luca Fusi Sound Design | Implementation

11Mar/150

GDC2015

I've been to GDC a couple of times in the past, always returning to reality overflowing with ideas, batteries recharged.

But this year's was something special.

Some lucky confluence of my own experiences, where my head's at, the people in attendance, the conference itself--I don't know--came together to give me a GDC I'll never forget. That sounds like something out of a John Hughes film, but I'm serious.

Funny thing is that this year, it wasn't even the talks. I attended half a dozen or so over the week in between my volunteer responsibilities, and they were great. I left them all with lots of takeaways for my current gig at PopCap, some of which I'm putting into practice already. But my God, the conversations. Sunup to sundown, with restless hostel sleep that kept my brain from processing it all before it was time to do it again.

Each day began with a familiar, early-rising ritual: the 7AM walk through the urine-soaked, scaffold-strewn jungle that is SoMa to Sightglass and a morning roundtable with the Game Audio Podcast. (Side note: how the hell is that poverty line so distinctly drawn and right below a park, two shopping centers and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts?) This initiative was fully on the rails last year, packed each morning and full of amazing discussion. This year's, though. I mean, they may as well start selling Sightglass Track passes to the conference for all the folks that were showing up daily. I want to say we were running around 40-50 bleary-eyed sound designers, programmers and audio-curious every single morning. And yet, the whole thing--this interacting with the broader game audio community--still feels intimate, like it's really ours. The companion carousel lunch hour's the same way: a free-flowing group of game audio all-stars swapping cards and stories every day. No "X years AAA development" nor shipped titles necessary.

I don't think I'm the only one who felt this way. A scrape of last week's activity on the #GameAudioGDC hashtag reveals a lot of sentimentality and gratitude, held up as maybe the most important takeaway from this year's conference.

So I'll get to digging into some of my talks, thoughts and learnings in a later post, but wanted to start the snowball rolling with a final round of Internet thanks towards the entire game audio community for being so fucking rad. Not four years ago, this site was a desperate chronicling of me and my student exercises. I wanted very badly to belong to the conversation but was sharply aware of how little I knew, how I hadn't "broken in" yet. I wore this attitude on my sleeve a lot of the time, and it's made my small steps into this career really taxing at times. Turns out I needn't have felt that way. We're all in it--from the hobbyist, the still-enrolled and the just-getting-started to the AAA sound designer and audio director. There's room around the Sightglass table for all sorts. We're fortunate to have that.

As @mattesque put it on this week's Bleeps and Bloops, "at some point game audio got to the point where people felt like they could win without other people losing."

Cheers to that.

11May/110

Find That You

I just wanted to share this, quickly - a post from my friend at RJCresswell.com.

He's been posting a bunch of bite-sized fiction exercises based around a Google Images search result, and this one, probably because of our shared experiences and talks all the time in high school, really resonated. The sentiment is beautiful.

My hands shake as I reach the podium. My palm slips greasily into that of the principal. I remember him from my time here. I hated him. The microphone protrudes accusingly, and I go over my notes. Tear them up. Throw them to one side...
-- RJCresswell.com, "My hands shake as I reach the podium."

Hope all is well with you!

14Mar/110

More Plankton

More goods from Phytoplankton after last week's session. It's great to be able to keep our skills pretty fresh with some of the amazing Native Instruments VSTs and standalone kits we've got in the Term 2 classroom, even as the rest of our program sends us further away from them. Not included is the strange, 19-minute soundscape that erupted in the middle of it all..

Locomotive

Four-parter cut up into little movements. If you want the whole thing as a seamless file, shoot me a mail or comment!

The Deep

The Sink

The Dive

The Surface

Once again, Phytoplankton is:

8Mar/110

Phytoplankton

Weapons of choice.

Weapons of choice.

Taking a moment here to link to our SD49 supergroup, Phytoplankton! A couple of friends and I get together on the weekend evenings and abuse our having a classroom that's totally kitted out with all the Native Instruments packages to experiment and jam.

Some good stuff in here from the last few weeks, cut out from a few hours of messing around:

Dinoflagellate

Chicken of the Sea

Deception, Pt. 1

Deception, Pt. 2

Also be sure to check out the Soundclouds/pages (some on the right-hand side) of the other guys (and girl) in the band: