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In this episode I’m talking to Composer and Sound Designer Todd Baker.

When we think of music and visuals we generally think of TV and Film but audio plays a pivotal role in creating an immersive gaming experience. And as I found out in this interview, the music often serves the kind of complex narrative you would find in film. 

Todd likes to blur the line between music and sound design with a view to creating a more immersive gaming experience.

Todd Baker’s unique sound can be heard on BAFTA-nominated games such as Monument Valley 2 by Ustwo Games, Media Molecule’s Dreams and Tearaway on the PS4 and Alto’s Odessy from Team Alto. 

Todd was even commissioned by Google to provide the music for a Google Doodle for Earth Day 2020.

As well as being a master of composition and sound design, Todd is also a phenomenal guitarist and co-founding member of the prog-jazz-funk-pop quartet The Lydian Collective.

Todd and I discuss:

  • How one person can change your life
  • Getting into the game composing industry
  • blurring the line between music and sound design
  • Overcoming self doubt and imposter syndrome
  • The impact personal life on professional life
  • Top Gun

Listen to the Music of Todd Baker

Todd’s Website

Early Conceptual Works – Sound Circle

Monument Valley 2 – Original Soundtrack

Lydian Collective (Todd’s Band)

Listen to Music that has influenced Todd Baker

Ben Walker – Folk Guitarist

Green Onions – Booker T. and The M.G.s

Limbo & Inside – Martin Stig Andersen 

Steve Vai – Passion and Warfare

Steely Dan

Leftfield

Howie B – Limbo

Cliff Martinez – Solaris (OST) 

Catriona Mckay

Heromi – A Place to Be

Video Games Companies

Blitz Games

Media Molecule

UsTwo

In Episode 3 of The Sync Music Matters Podcast I’m talking to Trailer Music Supervisor Emma Middleton

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