The next Halo game is on its way, and this time it̵
It can take years to make a single piano. Between purchasing the wood, properly drying, laminating, gluing and drying, the pieces of wood alone are a huge investment. Depending on the piano, it can consist of thousands of separate parts. All that work goes into making a beautiful instrument, both in appearance and sound.
So it’s a little disturbing to watch a team of people strike a piano with hammers, cut the strings and lay dry ice over the guts of the poor instrument. But if you’re going to brutally kill a piano, at least we can take a little comfort in knowing that the sounds it moaned are probably perfect for a sci-fi video game with mild horror and tense sequences.
And that’s exactly what the 343 Audio team did in its goal of creating unique audio effects and music Halo infiniteThe team posted a blog with descriptions of some of the hoops it jumped through to create new weapon effects. The team went out of their way to accurately reproduce sounds from a distance, so a gun fired at close range is different from a weapon fired over the next ridge.
But while you should read the team’s blog, it’s probably the piano segment that will get the most attention. The team posted a full video (see above) of the process. They experimented with different methods of generating noise from the piano, such as placing a subwoofer in the instrument. They hit hammers, cut strings and also drop dry ice on them. If you are a piano lover, that is scary.
And if you are a gamer, the sounds you hear are also quite disturbing. It’s easy to imagine what environments the sounds will ultimately help create – with every slap, thud, and clip the piano groans. Electric arches pressed against the strings give out terrifying screeches that can fill your nightmares. And dropping dry ice against the strings “produced a great variety of singing, roaring, whooping, and everything in between.”
It’s all in the name of a video game, they say. But only time will tell if it’s worth the cost.
Source: 343 Industries