Carlye Nyte is a sound designer and musician for games and virtual reality. She currently resides in Seattle, WA. Her favorite cartoon is Steven Universe.
“When I was in school I had a classmate friend whose love of cartoons and synths went so hand in hand that every patch she made was a burst of color and nostalgia.
I called her my muse.“
“Whenever I was uninspired or overworked, a simple chat with her was like discovering a new flavor of sonic ice cream. I always had homework: artists to listen to, cartoons to watch, Kickstarters to fund, etc. When my MIDI controller broke, she gave me a new one. She helped me make it through school.
At the time, to me, she was pure inspiration. It’s not easy to find people like that. But I think it’s important to remember those people and experiences and carry them with you.
Sometimes, when I am worn out and find my feet dragging, I think about that friend. And usually end up watching a cartoon. I’ve gotten ideas from the interplay between color palette and sonic palette in some cartoons, how playful and comforting the sounds can be.
It’s been good for me to have a foundation of inspiration that I can always return to, whether it’s really relevant to my current project or not.
It’s all about those strange things that get you going.”