Despite having spoken to EA DICE’s Andreas Almström not too long ago, I found that there was more to learn about the inside of DICE’s audio team. So I reached out to Ben Minto, the company’s Sound Director, asking for an interview, and he obliged.
SamInterview: EA DICE – Ben Minto [Sound Director]
You may have never heard of Pole Position Production, but if you’re even slightly immersed in the world of video games, you’ve heard their work. The list of AAA franchises they’ve been involved with¨ can be made long. Wolfenstein, Medal Of Honor, Battlefield, Borderlands, Need For Speed, Just Cause, Forza Horizon, Twisted Metal, Batman – you get the point.
SamInterview: Max Lachmann – Co-Founder of Pole Position Production
Whilst conducting an interview at Riksmixningsverket in Stockholm, Linn Fijal pointed out one of her favorite pieces of gear, the Looptrotter Monster Compressor. Thus began my research on this relatively unknown audio company, of which I’ve become a big fan.
SamInterview: Looptrotter Audio Founder – Andrzej Starzyk
Though Brian Trifon has been featured on Speakhertz before, under his Trifonic moniker, my talk with him this time covered different ground, particularly since his colleague, Brian White, was on board to talk about their work within the game/film world.
SamInterview: Founders Of Finishing Move Inc – Brian Trifon & Brian White
Unless you live under a rock, cut off from the kind of media that billions of people consume daily, you will have been exposed to both Charles Deenen’s (above right) and Tim Gedemer’s work (above left), though perhaps unknowingly. From blockbuster movies like Fast And Furious, to hundreds of film trailers, to music videos for Jay-Z, Beyonce and Britney Spears, …
SamInterview: SourceSound – Charles Deenen & Tim Gedemer
Clint Bajakian is currently working at Pyramind Studios in San Fransisco, but his career has seen him work at conglomerates like Sony to esteemed companies like LucasArts. With Pyramind’s growing name as a destination for music education and contracted audio work for games and films, getting to chat with Clint about his work and workplace was great opportunity.
SamInterview: Pyramind Creative Director and Senior Composer – Clint Bajakian
Continuing in my line of video game interviews with the companies at the forefront of the industry, I recently got the chance to talk to Adam Boyd over at Activision, the publishing division of Activision Blizzard. With his long-standing position within the game industry as an audio professional, I anticipated that he’d be able to offer some insight into the …
SamInterview: Activision Senior Audio Manager – Adam Boyd
Following my chat with Blake Harden, I was able to further dive into the world of audio engineers by interviewing someone who’s experience has taken him from the American MidWest to the South, both as an audio professional and teacher. Jeff Edwards has a credit list that can be made long, covering most of today’s popular urban stars, which gave …
The video game developer known as Crytek is behind some of the most acclaimed games of the 21st century, namely the Far Cry and the Crysis series. With the arrival of the new generation of consoles, they have been one of the first on the scene with their Xbox One launch title, “Ryse: Son Of Rome”, which boasts some of …
SamInterview: Crytek Audio Directors And Composer – Simon Pressey, Florian Füsslin & Borislav Slavov
As anyone under the age of 30 should know, the new generation of video game consoles are upon us, with the Xbox One arriving shortly. Being not only electronic music enthusiasts, but avid gamers also, I racked my brains for a way to do some coverage on video game-related music content, and after a short while the answer was clear: …
SamInterview: Microsoft Audio Production Director – Mike Caviezel