This week was a welcome change for some of us: We did audio recording with FX for many important parts of the game. On Monday, we did a session of voice acting with a friend of ours, Maxime Carignan-Chagnon. He proved us that he was the best choice for the voices of the Bricktrons. The recording was constantly in danger of being interrupted by uncontrolled laughter from the rest of us listening and recording. I daresay we have a good hour of dialog and once we filter through to the good stuff, we should have more than enough material to last us until the beta.
And then Tuesday, FX and I left with two of his friends, Sylvain Jannot and Mathieu Lavoie to do a field recording session. An hour and a half south of Montréal, we stopped at Mathieu’s brother’s summer house. The perfect location: far from the ambient noise of Montréal, plenty of space and an infinite source of things to smash and throw around.
The process is both as simple and as complicated as you can imagine. The art, of Foley recording consists of taking any kind of object you can imagine to re-create sounds you need in a film/game in a controlled environment. The process involves as lot of imagination and creativity because you often don’t have access to specific objects needed. In other cases, the real-life objects (a sword for example) might not even sound the way you’d like to. Cinema often cheats with sound effects in order to make the movie sound larger than life.
Let’s say you’d like the sound of ice cracking. You could encounter a myriad of problems like we did. The ice on the lake next to the chalet was too thick to break, and when we went to the thinner edges, the sound was polluted with squishing sounds of water sloshing around. We wanted a dry cracking noise. The solution? We found a board of Styrofoam, broke off some pieces, and twisted them in our fingers, it gave us the creaking and popping we were looking for. Next we used an ice pack, like this one, and rubbed the frozen cells together to get that unique sound ice makes when you knock it on something.
This is us trying to break the ice and failing horribly.
On the good side, FX captured this epic picture!
Soundtrack of the week
Another favorite and already featured band of mine. Pretty chill altogether. The Path, by Carbon Based Lifefroms.
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