I started adding sound effects into the game engine (Unity) last week. It took me a long time to get into audio design projects, but now that I’m here, I’m having a lot of fun.
Stegos are peeping. Trilobites are shuffling. Volcanoes are blorping.
I could have been blorping volcanoes for decades!
I never felt like I knew enough before I could start, but this approach is backwards. I’ve learned so much more from the actual doing than the researching beforehand. There need to be more spaces for women and girls to fail and be encouraged to move forward anyway.
As many who follow this site already know, the background art for my as yet untitled dino game is loosely based on real spaces in Tacoma. Of course, since the characters in the game are dinosaurs/ other creatures of the Cretaceous Period (for the most part), some liberties have been taken.
Here are a few examples of what I have been working on. What other local landmarks would you like to see represented?
I had a much longer post, but I deleted it. My heart has been heavy lately, and I don’t want to send direct messages in case they cause issues in the current political climate. Love to my friends in Ukraine and Russia, and those who escaped but left their hearts there. Please stay safe.— Suzanne
A year ago, I went through the very frustrating process of trying to get help from Novation tech support to remove the unnecessary flashing light display on the Launchpad X due to flashing lights being a known migraine trigger. At the time, it did not go well, but it inspired my essay on accessibility and technology entitled “Rock Salt.” Today, I received the following message:
Even though I returned the product a year ago, it’s good to know the company took this concern seriously. There’s always room to grow.
Experimental track “In the Foyer with a Candlestick” is up now on SoundCloud and Bandcamp, along with other work from the as yet unreleased EP “And in Time of War.” Check it out and share with friends!
On a related note for those wondering: I decided to stop pseudo-hiding behind a pseudonym (DJ Living Wage) for the sake of sharing some of my more experimental work. It was funny for a minute, and who knows? Maybe I’ll change my mind again in the future… But in the meantime, you can find me at suzanneskaar on both sites.