Saturday, March 19, 2011

Interview: Joris de Man (Killzone 3)

Interview:  Joris de Man (Killzone 3)
Recorded February 08, 2011
Published March 19, 2011

Marius Masalar chats with composer Joris de Man about what it has been like working on the Killzone series, especially his latest effort of Killzone 3.

Episode Highlights

0:00 — Introduction
1:05 — Personal background, musical history, and education
5:00 — Getting involved with the first Killzone, early creative development, challenging expectations
8:00 — Unexpected protagonists in the series, thematic references, twisted heroism of the Helghast
12:07 — Working on sound design and music at once on Killzone 1
13:12 — Writing for Killzone 2's interactive music system
15:55 — Raising the bar from Killzone 1 to 2
18:23 — Working with an orchestra, Prague vs. London
20:55 — The whirlwind experience of scoring Killzone 3, ups and downs
23:32 — The violin-led menu theme for Killzone 3 and evolving musical directions and plot directions
28:55 — Working with familiar themes, more sophisticated development, new themes, etc.
32:04 — The process of putting together a cinematic cue from Killzone 3
37:00 — Developer's trust
39:00 — Considering a concert suite of Killzone music, game music concerts good and bad
42:40 — Wide soundtrack release for Killzone 3
43:58 — Upcoming projects
44:58 — Conclusion

Music Clips (Select music clips contained in this podcast)

0:00 — "Birth of War — Dies Irae" (Killzone 3)
18:05 — "Dropship Flight" (Killzone 1)
22:35 — "Main Menu — And Ever We Fight On" (Killzone 3)
26:15 — "The 2nd Helghast March — Helghan Forever" (Killzone 2)
45:53 — "Main Menu — And Ever We Fight On" (Killzone 3)




Tuesday, March 1, 2011

SoundCast Episode 22: 83rd Oscars - Post Mortem

Episode #22 - 83rd Oscars - Post Mortem


Recorded February 28, 2011
Published March 1, 2011


The crew jumps online talk about the 83rd Academy Awards show.  What they liked, didn't like, their reaction to the winner of Best Original Score, and some ideas on how the show could be improved.

Episode Highlights


0:00 — Opening of the 22nd Academy Awards
0:23 — Intros
01:35 — News: Mars Needs Moms, Rango, Captain America
10:04 — More from Opening of the 22nd Academy Awards
11:23 —What we liked about the Oscars
16:10 — What we didn't like about the Oscars
23:44 — Winners Reactions
30:37 — Twittering the Oscars
36:40 — Best Score winner reactions
46:40 — How the Oscars could be improved
54:48 — Conclusion


Music Clips (Select music clips contained in this podcast)


00:00 — "Hooray For Hollywood" (Hooray For Hollywood) - Ray Davies
10:04 — "Hollywood Newsreel A" (Hooray For Hollywood) - Ray Davies
22:15 — "I Love You" (The Last Sin Eater) Mark McKenzie
35:57 — "Hand Covers Bruise"  (The Social Network) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
40:20 — "Opening Titles Part 1" (The King's Speech) Alexander Desplat
43:53 —  "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (The Social Network) - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
43:53 —  "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (The Social Network) - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
54:42 — "Hooray For Hollywood" (Hooray For Hollywood) - Ray Davies