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Some months ago we started out making sound effects and ambiences for Toki Tori 2. Now we're ready to "show" you more...

Update 23: Sound Impressions

As time past by, little by little various creatures started to appear, we could see them move and interact, and so we were able to give them even more character by adding sounds to them. Meanwhile the programmers at Two Tribes made all the necessary tools to incorporate our audio in the game.

Music was a kind of different story. It was clear from the start that we wanted to move away from the upbeat and upfront tunes in Toki Tori 1, and that we were going to opt for a quite minimalistic approach. The music has to blend in with the total soundscape, sometimes more in the foreground if the situation in the game calls for it, sometimes it could even be completely absent.

The style and feel of the music to be composed became more clear as the story and thematics evolved along the the development process. Now we’re on a point where there are considerable pieces of levels that can be played, which makes it possible to test how music can work together with gameplay.

To achieve a tight connection between music and gameplay, the music has to adapt itself to the situation our hero is in at a given moment. Therefore, we don’t want the music to be as a static track that plays from start to end, but rather as flow of musical sound that accompanies Toki on its journey and that emphasizes the atmosphere of his surroundings and the situation he’s in.

All this asks for thinking about a clever ‘’music playing engine”  that decides which musical material has to be played in what situation.  With some ideas about that in mind, we made the following little audio mock up, actually a screen capture of a test level we composed some music for. It’s only a rough sketch, but it gives us something to talk about with the developers, and of course with you!

 

Two Tribes, Friday May 11 2012

excellent :)

Kirill, Friday May 11 2012, 16:25

Very nice. To me there is a difference between sound effects and music score. Even an awesome music track can become monotonous over time, so you may be wise to avoid that, although perhaps some fade in and fade out could be used for such music. I enjoyed the musical adaption to game events, although to me that seems more sound effect than music. I am one who cares about and enjoys strong musical accompaniment to games, and I look forward to seeing your updates and results - keep up the great work.

John Gehrke, Friday May 11 2012, 17:10

Dit klinkt gewoon geweldig

Dario Andriola (Linksquest), Friday May 11 2012, 19:08

You've already been so good to us for showing a lot of the Toki Tori 2 development and now we also can hear the progress being made on Back Ground Music and Sound effects. Sonic Picnic is doing a great job on the audio. Awesome!

That artwork image with Toki Tori wearing headphones is just great. Would love to set it as wallpaper. any change for a hi-res version ?

Mr. Blinky, Friday May 11 2012, 20:51

Really cool. Maybe a bit ruff in some places, but sounds (and looks) cool. Keep up the excellent work!

Ares Starčić, Friday May 11 2012, 22:55

The game as usual looks nice and I can't wait to play it, but still some remarks after listening to this sound test:

-The breaking of the bridge is loud and used twice, like an echo.
-The bubble sound also has an echo, like it's in a cave and is a bit loud.
-When the birds picks you up, the sound is nice, but seems to stop abrupt.
-When the gate comes down, it seems there's no sound for that?
-The waterfall (2:40) sounds a bit like a toilet flush :) And is pretty loud too.

But overall I do like the ambient sounds. Fits very well.

Raymond Zachariasse, Saturday May 12 2012, 12:52

I'd love the old tunes from TT1 to return somehow: maybe a more atmospherical version of a part of the Forest Falls song, or a sound effect that reminds Creepy Castle... I dunno, but it would be awesome to have them back, especially the Main Menu music!

Anyway, it's coming along very nicely! :)

G.Lecter, Sunday May 13 2012, 12:08

i play alpha and Sound are very good :) good job

LuminousAngel, Sunday May 13 2012, 16:04

It sounds great !

virtualghost, Sunday May 13 2012, 17:30

I think it's looking pretty good. Obviously some detail are faulty but just beacause it's a work in progress.
I'd say the sound is totally up to the challenge

Ignacio Tiraboschi, Sunday May 13 2012, 20:02

great job! can't wait for the game! ;)

@jeremieconde, Monday May 14 2012, 14:41

Awesome sounds! you are doing a excellent job :)

tuto1990, Wednesday May 16 2012, 4:12

Those sounds actually make the game more atmospheric but i really miss the toki tori 1 style of music

hanicomcom, Sunday June 17 2012, 7:40

@Hanicomcom, you mean it did not make you crazy? :)

Collin, Tuesday June 19 2012, 16:43

 
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