Designing Music NOW
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Designing Music Now is an online magazine by composers for composers. It is a central destination and a portal for all things related to composing music for video games and interactive media. It is a resource dedicated to the art and techniques of composing music, with the aim of sharing that information and knowledge in an open and collaborative manner. We see it as a way to create a community of composers who can support one another in our craft.
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Ep. 20 video - Auditory Neuroscientist Dr. Seth Horowitz
Oct 17 16
I have always been fascinated with the neuroscience behind our craft - making music and sounds for games. To really tell a story with music and sound, I believe we need to have a great curiosity about this subject. At Designing Music NOW, we are lucky to have Dr. Seth Horowitz as part of our team, and he is one of the world's leading Auditory Neuroscientists. In this in-depth and rather casual interview that I conducted with him over one year ago (wow-time flies!), we talk about a wide range of subjects from how his early childhood illness gave him super hearing (like a Bat's hearing, which he studied extensively); his interest in studying the evolution of hearing and how hearing, closely related to touch, was the first sense that evolved (predating vision which did not evolve complex eyes until the Cambrian explosion); his work with Dolphins, especially those in captivity and how ambient sound affected their behavior; the importance of hearing and balance and why jump scares are so critical to horror movies and games; and his fascinating work with NASA and his recordings of the massive explosions of the Vertical Gun.
In short, this interview with Dr. Horowitz was a rare insight into a mind that studies deeply how the mind perceives audio, and how that feedback loop between audio and mind has shaped the evolution of our minds.