Sound Design & Alien: Isolation - Part 1

I think Alien: Isolation has the best sound design in any video game. We take a little look at why that is and what ‘sound design’ means.

 

This is the introduction to a series of video tutorials where we’ll create and manipulate sounds similar to those used in Alien: Isolation – perfect for any sci-fi horror game.

 

In the series, we’ll create sounds, blend them for a small game scene, and look at how to place sounds to maximise the use of stereo and surround sound mixes.

Enjoy.

References: 

Video:

Alien: Isolation, SEGA

Subnautica, Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Hitman 2, IO Interactive

GTA5, Rockstar

 

Audio:

Title Music from Alien: Isolation

02:34 Original composition by Valkyrie Sound in the style of Vangelis

 

Books:

Sound Design & Science Fiction, William Whittington, 2007, University of Texas Press

 

Images:

Walter Murch https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004555/

LV-426 https://avp.fandom.com/wiki/Acheron_(LV-426)

LV-426 Alien Spaceship https://static.anarchivism.org/cyberpunkreview-archive/www.cyberpunkreview.com/alien-page-2-more-screencaps/index.html

Mixtur-Trautorium (used on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds) by Morn the Gorn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MIM_Mixtur-Trautonium_CN5834.jpg

The Day The Earth Stood Still Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Earth_Stood_Still#/media/File:The_Day_the_Earth_Stood_Still_(1951_poster).jpeg

The Thing (1950) Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thing_from_Another_World#/media/File:The_Thing_From_Another_World_(1950_poster).jpg

Day of the Triffids Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_the_Triffids_(film)#/media/File:Dayofthetriffids.jpg

Invasion of the Body Snatchers Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_the_Body_Snatchers#/media/File:Invasion_of_the_Body_Snatchers_(1956_poster).jpg

The Thing (1982) Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thing_(1982_film)#/media/File:The_Thing_(1982)_theatrical_poster.jpg

The Exorcist Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Exorcist_(film)#/media/File:Exorcist_ver2.jpg

Alien Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_(film)#/media/File:Alien_movie_poster.jpg

Aliens Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliens_(film)#/media/File:Aliens_poster.jpg

Alien3 Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_3#/media/File:Alien3_poster.jpg

Alien Resurrection Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Resurrection#/media/File:Alien_Resurrection_poster.jpg

Prometheus Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_(2012_film)#/media/File:Prometheusposterfixed.jpg

Alien: Covenant Poster https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien:_Covenant#/media/File:Alien_Covenant_Teaser_Poster.jpg

Confused Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay 

Oscar Wilde 1, 2, and 3 by Laura Chouette on Unsplash

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