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Back to where we belong


Texas Logo After five years in California my family is returning to Texas. YEEEE-HAW!!


I start at Heatwave Interactive as Audio Director (managing and A/V department) on February 2nd.


While I have loved Obsidian, and our experience in California has been very valuable, SoCal is not a place to raise a family on one salary, unless you're insanely rich. There's a lot of other reasons I'll go into not the least of which are those damn jacked up trucks ;)


Needless to say we're very excited and relieved to be moving and will keep you posted as to developments.


January 10, 2009


Obsidian needs a new audio director.

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Well, this sucks.

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Please don't leave Alex! I will destroy you.


Now now, we mustn't be selfish. As much as I wish Obsidian talent stay with Obsidian it is also good to see some of that Obsidian talent spread across the industry, bringing higher quality games to us as a whole. :x

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I reckon they chased him out for not getting enough Monty Python references. >_<

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I nominate Martin O'Donell.



... what? Totally realistic.

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Best of luck to Alex in his future work.


Whoever becomes the audio director, I nominate he/she contract the awesome Jeff Tymoschuk (http://www.greenwiremusic.com/) to make the music for upcoming Obsidian games. He added a lot of the atmosphere to Penny Arcade Adventures. Also check out the music in the trailer for Ron Gilbert's upcoming action/adventure/rpg game DeathSpank - http://grumpygamer.com/6338868

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There can only be one sensible replacement - Kai Rosenkranz, of Gothic fame (the soundtrack to Gothic 3 was even better than SoZ)

Woah, I thought I was his only fan!


Anyhow, I absolutely love Kai's work, but using Gothic 3 as an example might not be the best choice. In Gothic 3 they used an orchestra for the first time and it really clashed with the original Gothic feel. The tendencies were there in Gothic 2 already (remember the dock music?), but in Gothic 3 they were in full blast. Pompous, epic and extravagant is OK for a D&D game, but for Gothic it felt.. wrong.


Apparently Kai thought so too because for Risen he's scaled back the sounds and scope of the music. Listen to this:




(it's a small .zip file of a 1 minute long medley)


I love it! It reminds me of the music from Gothic.

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  • 2 months later...
He's pretty new in the biz then. We'll see. :)


This will be interesting, seeing as how most of his work consist of Tony Hawk games.


I guess you guys haven't heard about how Michael Thorton gets from his safehouses to his missions, then. It's pretty "rad".

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