Source Mod Makers, what are you looking for regarding sound and music?
Hello there guys. I've been thinking a lot about this, and this might be the best place to start out to find some answers.
What is it that mod makers usually look for when it comes to audio and music content? And what is it you use it for? Trailers? Background music ingame?
There's all this focus on what people should know when it comes to 2D and 3D graphics, animation, coding, scripting and level design, but almost no pointers for musicians and audio geeks like me. In most projects I've been contributing to, I get very little to work on and not much feedback except "Yeah this works great!" or "Nah, this doesn't fit". I am starting to believe this is a very common problem. It's easy for modellers to post a screenshot of an object in a game world someone else made and see how well it fits, but it's almost impossible for a sound designer or musician to know if things actually will sound good if they don't see their content in-engine, together with the rest of the game world. I'm also getting tired of people thinking it's so easy to create musical content based on a single theme without any story or visual references. I spend a lot of time on my projects; on research, composing, production, sampling and recording, etc. I can't google up an image of a house and start making a basic model just like that. It's a very different process. A lot of people I've worked with seem to forget about this, and also forget about how they want their project to sound like. Audio is a very important component in game making and should, according to me, play a bigger part than it does in today's modding communities.
So, this discussion could build upon the questions already asked here, and other suggestions as things progress. What are your thoughts? Have you had similar experiences, or examples from projects that has been well organized on the audio side? Make your voices heard and let's learn something new, push the boundaries a bit forward.
And if anyone's interested, here's a link to some stuff I've made. Follow the other links on Youtube to get to other songs (cross-linking FTW!) http://youtu.be/MscZL3nl2Dg