Presentation Bonanza and Busy Work!

Yesterday I gave a 45 minute talk to the first years on the BA media courses about my audioadventure project and it was generally met with positive feedback! I also gave a talk to them about the sound design module in year two. I felt my presentation went really well and I found it engaging and fun to present for that length of time it was a genuine feels good moment!

I also had to give an assessed presentation for my sound design module talking about the concept of my final year project (audioadventure) and talking more about the sound design behind it. I felt that presentation went very well too and I had to make a writeup for it. This is the writeup:

The feedback I got for the presentation was very positive. It was commented that my ideas were very creative and that the project was a good idea. I think that I communicated the idea very well in the allotted time as feedback generally felt positive and I didn’t need to clear too much up. Peers stated that my ideas were very good and in-depth. It was agreed my concept is potentially infinitely expandable and could be taken to surreal settings for example creating a level where the player is trapped inside a video game console.

Tutors raised a point that it was pleasing that all of my effort and creativity is invested in the project without having to conform to any parties dictating what content to make. I was asked if I had taken my idea to investors which I currently haven’t.  I believe this could be a route to go down in the future for my project. Additionally suggestions were made to form a bigger team to work on this as it could benefit the project in the long-term as opposed to taking this on solo. I think that it would be a good idea to seek funding/investment and a bigger team in the future and I would be highly interested in this future direction to ramp up content and add further aural ideas and game play elements.

A question was asked about music use to signify certain events in the game. I feel that music on the whole would be inappropriate as I am trying to convey a scene with atmospheric and dynamic sounds and music on the whole would possibly lead to audio overload and confuse a user. There isn’t really going to be a point where a player is in any trouble e.g. going into the sea as I have confined areas in my level design. I will use music in the sense of creating tension in the haunted house level so a ghostly piano will play far away as if it is deep inside part of the mansion the player will not see. Also possibly a use of a low pitch string instrument will create tension in the way films often use legato strings ascending pitch over time to build up to a tense moment in the scene.

Binaural was generally thought to be a less effective device to use within the game as opposed to conventional tracklaying for my marketplace level. I need to experiment with both methods to effectively put the player in a realistic market environment. I may use a mix of both statically recorded binaural as an audio cut-scene by removing player control and use 3D engine sounds also.

I feel that research into accessible gaming has improved my sound design both on a practical and theoretical level. My in-depth research from a multitude of sources has vastly influenced and matured my approach to sound and has dramatically improved the quality of the sonic experience I can deliver to an audience.

In addition to this I have also had to make a start on the animation project I have to do of matching an animation to sound. I have to use a rig with changeable facial features so I can convey some kind of facial animation and expression to the piece. Here is a screenshot of one of my first key poses

I am also making headway on an audio-visual piece which has to be completed by the end using footage from the movie metropolis. I currently have 3 of the 4 minutes sound designed and I need to just record more sound and finish off the track laying.

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