Interview: David Kanaga, sound designer of Proteus

5 Feb

We are really proud to share with you our little interview with David Kanaga, sound designer of Proteus.

If you don’t know what Proteus is, be ashamed. Proteus is a pure sensorial experience, both visual and audio; someone called it an anti-game, because its lack of plot or of a proper mission objective, but we don’t agree with them, because video games are a form of mixed arts, and this game is the proof. Proteus is pure art, game art.

It’s kind of weird trying to describe a game like this, you should really play it to understand what we mean. But for now take a look at the trailer.

 

Ok, now that you have a vague idea of what Proteus is, we can start our interview with David.

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• THAT DAMN PIXEL: You and Ed (Ed Key, the other guy behind the game) describe Proteus as a game of audio-visual exploration and discovery. How important is the audio component in this title? And why?

– DAVID KANAGA: It’s important to me. I don’t understand games very well if their mechanics are not hugged by music. Music moves constantly in ways that it’s difficult for visuals to do without seeming messy — messy is good (see this: Len Lye “Free Radicals”), but maybe we can approach these time-based languages with sound first.

THAT DAMN PIXEL: Did you write down the music after the graphical part was finished or the video/audio development went b2b?

– DAVID KANAGA: Sometimes after, sometimes b2b — there were no rules, though these are some loose guidelines that i sometimes follow as dogma: Soundtrack 2: Methods

• THAT DAMN PIXEL: How long did it take to create the music for a game like this one?

– DAVID KANAGA: sometimes it took exactly as long to make as it takes to listen to (~30 seconds) — much of the sound was improvised. designing the music as a space is more involved. the whole thing took almost 3 years.

• THAT DAMN PIXEL: How you met Ed, and how you two ended up making Proteus?

– DAVID KANAGA: I wanted to make music for a videogame, and I posted my music on TIGsource and only Ed liked it– he got in touch and we started working

THAT DAMN PIXEL: Are you proud of this particular work?

– DAVID KANAGA: Yes

THAT DAMN PIXEL: You won the INDIECADE 2011 for the Best Audio. Did you expect this prize?

– DAVID KANAGA: Wasn’t sure what to expect.

THAT DAMN PIXEL: Is Proteus your first game-project? Are you planning to continue on this field?

– DAVID KANAGA: No. The biggest other project I’ve done is music design for Dyad, released on PSN last July. I’ve done work on other games, too — Selected Works and Plays. I plan to continue.

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Well, this was amazing, and we feel very fortunate to met David. He is a very kind and willing person. We wish him (and also Ed) best of luck with Proteus and with his future projects.
Here’s some useful links! Follow David on Twitter, check out his site and BUY PROTEUS HERE!
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