Were you expecting good game audio special? Here is it: Rob Bridgett, featuring really amazing stuff about game audio, covering publications and articles created previously by him and several exclusive interviews/articles for Designing Sound. The special will include technical articles, lectures and info about the sound of games like Scarface, Prototype, Vanishing Point and 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, plus a dedicated post to answer questions of the readers, more info soon!
Rob Bridgett is senior audio director at Radical Entertainment in Vancouver, BC. In 1993 he attended Derby University to study cinema and media, after which he was one of the first to graduate from the ‘Sound Design for the Moving Image’ Master’s degree programme at Bournemouth University in 1999.
Bridgett began working as a sound designer and recording engineer in June 2000 at Matinee Sound & Vision in Reading, UK. It was here that he worked on the sound design for his first video game Vanishing Point for the Dreamcast console. After briefly working as a sound designer for Antenna Audio in London, Bridgett entered into his first full-time in-house role as sound designer & composer for Climax Entertainment, then based in Fareham, UK. Since 2003, Bridgett has been an audio director at Radical Entertainment in Vancouver.
While working as a sound designer and audio director for games, Bridgett has become a committed writer, speaker and evangelist for the promotion of sound in video games, with publications in a wide variety of journals, books and magazines. A strong advocate of cinematic production techniques, in 2006 he worked closely with Randy Thom pioneering the post-production sound design and mix for Vivendi’s Scarface video game at Skywalker Ranch.
Rob is an advisory board member for the Game Audio Network Guild and the Interactive Entertainment Sound Developers group, as well as a program advisor for Recording Arts programs at the Art Institute of Vancouver and the MA in Soundtrack Production at Bournemouth University in the UK.
- Prototype (2009) – Sound mixer and cut-scene sound design
- 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (2009) – Sound director
- ‘World In Conflict: Soviet Assault’ (2009) – Additional sound design
- Crash: Mind Over Mutant (2008) – Sound mixer
- TimeShift (2007) – Cut-scene sound design
- Crash of the Titans (2007) – Additional sound design
- World in Conflict (2007) – Additional sound design
- Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006) – Sound director
- Pocket Mini Golf 2 – Composer
- Pop Drop – Composer
- Sudeki (2004) – Sound designer
- Serious Sam: Next Encounter (2004) – Sound designer
- Vanishing Point (2000) – Sound designer
- ‘Casting the Net’, Studio Sound Magazine, October 2001
- ‘On a Different Note’, Develop Magazine, October 2001
- ‘Contemporary Sound Design for the Web’, Computer Arts Special Magazine, January 2002
- ‘Sound Design’, featured producer & cover feature, Computer Music Magazine. March 2002
- ‘Interactive Music’, cover feature for Computer Music Magazine September 2002
- ‘Subtlety and Silence’, Create Online Magazine, October 2002
- ‘Citizen Kane: Sound as Expressionist Device’, Cinema Audio Society Journal, November 2002
- ‘Shock & Awe: Surround Sound’, feature & tutorial for Computer Music Magazine, March 2004
- ‘Computer Music Without Limits’, Computer Music Magazine, October 2005
- ‘Re-inventing the Wheel’, Develop Magazine, October 2006
- ‘Scarface: Post Production’, cover feature for Audio Media Magazine, November 2006
- ‘Interactive Ambience’, guest columnist for Aural Fixation, Game Developer Magazine, April 2007
- ‘Sound Has an Image Problem’, MCV Magazine, October 2007
- ‘Dynamic Range: Subtlety and Silence in Video Game Sound’, ‘From Pac Man to Pop Music’, Collins, K (Ed)
- ‘Is Vancouver the Hollywood of Games?’ Develop Magazine, November 2008
- ‘Considering the Aesthetics of Surround Music in Games’, Shockwave Sound, January 2009
- ‘Hollywood Sound’, Chapter 57, ‘A Film Music History Reader’, University of California Press, 2010
- ‘Sound Direction Practices’, ‘The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics’, Claudia Gorbman et al (Eds) 2010
- ‘From the Shadows of Film Sound’ (working title) 2010
Photos by: Maria Isaac