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Collaborating with creative minds to bring the perfect music & sounds to
AR/VR, games, film, TV, and interactive experiences.
Composer/Audio Director/Sound Designer Dren McDonald has been designing audio experiences with his team since 2009.
Nerdtracks Previous Work
A Conversation With Composer Dren McDonald
Dren answers a few questions about his music projects and career. Work portfolio etc: https://nerdtracks.com Links to Dren's music: https://drenmcdonald.bandcamp.com/ https://music.apple.com/us/artist/dren-mcdonald/775101727 https://open.spotify.com/artist/4IIgg9EBLTQd46czree2fF?si=6kjgDmRkTe2e20FAlrrbBA https://music.amazon.com/artists/B00I6CEFK0/dren-mcdonald?marketplaceId=ATVPDKIKX0DER&musicTerritory=US&ref=dm_sh_X81G0aMIeoXvfkXo7yl26SfSD https://tidal.com/browse/artist/5411385 Links to polyheDren, my music collab project: https://polyhedren.bandcamp.com/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/03alPVqpkNzVM4yPEM6fbE?si=2Fg7RAVPQAm_aQJB-Arg0A https://music.apple.com/us/artist/polyhedren/1518184982 IG: https://www.instagram.com/polyhedren/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/polyhedrenmusic YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9-GjvpilJQbIapyoNCBoFQ Follow me if you like: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dren.mcdonald/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/drenmcdonaldmusic/ #musicproduction #videogamemusic #gamemusic #guitar #interactivemusic #wwise #ambisonic #augmentedreality #vr #vranimation #composer #filmcomposer #recording #recordingstudio #musicproducer #oculus #oculusgo #oculusquest2 #oculusquest #counterstrike #counterstrikeglobaloffensive #gunmantacotruck #romerogames #johnromero #gatheringsky #fmod #theresidents #nelscline #ivabittova #polyhedren #joshfreese
Audio fun in AR and VR
We hear a lot (A LOT) about AR/VR and "metaverse" etc right now, and there haven't been a lot of clear cut examples of what some of us are doing with audio in that space (apart from the great work in VR games). So I thought I'd share some of my AR/VR audio work. The AR work was done exclusively with Spark AR and the VR work was done with Unity (The World Beyond) and Quill (the VR animation work). Enjoy! (I kept it short) #vr #vraudio #ar #araudio #spatialaudio #metaverse #omg #omgmetaverse
VR Animated Audio Files
In the VR animated short, Mescaform Hill: The Missing Five, I used the technique of animating audio files (mono emitters) within the 3D space of the project to create interest, movement and immersion. There are 3 scene examples here, each one is shown first, as a video capture from the VR project, and then a 2nd time, with the speaker icons that represent various moving sounds in each scene, in order to illustrate the movement of the mono emitters in the scene. The mono emitters are represented by the grey speaker icons. Sometimes there are several sounds moving all at the same time. Due to the nature of the animation and camera changes, sometimes sounds were moved behind the user's head, or from left to right (fly buzzing, a rat scurrying etc). Mescaform Hill: The Missing Five was recognized as part of Tribeca's 2022 Film Festival in the New Voices category. Audio credits: Sound design, foley, VO direction: Jonathan Buch Music: Dren McDonald Audio Direction and implementation: Dren McDonald
A Quick Reel of Quirky Tunes!
I kept this brief, so here are some music excerpts from different projects over the last few years, from a good old fashioned cd/vinyl release (polyheDren) to some library music. Guest on the polyheDren tunes include Nels Cline (Wilco), Josh Freese (NIN, Sting, Devo), The Residents and Rini.
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