As part of our series of articles with Sumo Digital, audio designer Ross Tregenza chats to us about the role of sound at Sumo and the All Your Bass festival
Ross Tregenza, audio designer, Sumo Digital, part of Sumo Group PLC (LON:SUMO)
In your own words, what is the All Your Bass festival and how did it come about?
All Your Bass is a celebration of music in video games, put together by the National Videogame Arcade (NVA). There’s a fantastic line-up of talks, sessions and workshops with composers from all eras of video game music. Nottingham has always been a hub for video game development, with a number of dev companies based here as well as other great outlets past and present for the industry and history of videos games including Confetti, the National Videogame Arcade and Gamecity.
How important is it to host events that focus on video games music?
Video Game Music has always had passionate followers, and as the popularity of games has grown, so has the number of people who love the music. It’s great to finally give those music lovers a chance to meet the composers, attend talks and workshops and meet other like-minded game music fans.
In what other ways can the industry highlight the importance of video game music and audio design?
I think it’s important and beneficial for studios to be transparent and inclusive in regards to development, and music is an area where that’s particularly true. People love to learn about game development, so providing online videos, tutorials or live talks about the music systems and content is definitely the way forward. Plus, composers love the music they write, so a chance to discuss the music they’re so proud of is a win win!