January Post Mortem: Audio and Dynamic Music in Tom Clancy’s EndWar

by Darius Kazemi on January 5, 2011

in Event announcements,Post Mortem

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Janauary 12th 19th (new date!) and will feature a talk about the audio design and dynamic music system of Tom Clancy’s EndWar.

Talk description:

Tom Clancy’s EndWar (Xbox 360/PS3) faced a number of unique challenges in its nearly four years of development.  Foremost among them was the mandate to bring the real-time strategy genre to console in a compelling and immersive way.  EndWar Audio Director Ben Houge talks about how creative audio design tackled these problems, using sound to enhance accessibility, allowing players to control a chaotic battlefield while still feeling at the heart of the action.  He will also demonstrate EndWar’s innovative music system, which generates infinite variety with no loops and no fades, while responding to all of the potentialities of a completely open RTS playing field.  As Ubisoft’s first new Tom Clancy franchise since 2002’s Splinter CellEndWar marked the most ambitious new project undertaken by Ubisoft’s Shanghai studio to date, and its evolution provides a unique glimpse into today’s game development culture in China.

Speaker bio:

Ben Houge is a 14 year veteran of the videogame industry.  His first project was Leisure Suit Larry 7 (1996), and in his seven subsequent years at Sierra, he contributed audio to King’s Quest: Mask of Eternity (1998), Gabriel Knight 3 (1999), and various Half-Life projects, among others.  His unique string quartet soundtrack for Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura (2001) has taken on a life of its own as a concert piece.  In 2004 he moved to Shanghai to accept a position at Ubisoft, where he remained for four years, most of which time he spent heading up audio for Tom Clancy’s EndWar.  Following the completion of EndWar, Ben embarked on a career as an independent artist, applying the techniques for managing non-linear, real-time audio honed during his years of game development in exhibitions, installations, and performances throughout western China and abroad.  For more information, visit http://www.benhouge.com.

Wed, January 12th
7pm @ The Skellig, Waltham

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