1 The Department of Musicology, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Communication and Culture - Information Science, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University3 School of Communication and Culture - Information Science, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University
Staging of Auditory Spaces in 3D Computer Games
The use of sound in (3D) computer games basically falls in two. Sound is used as an element in the design of the set and as a narrative. As set design sound stages the nature of the environment, it brings it to life. As a narrative it brings us information that we can choose to or perhaps need to react on. In an ecological understanding of hearing our detection of audible information affords us ways of responding to our environment. In my paper I will address both these ways of using sound in relation to computer games. Since a game player is responsible for the unfolding of the game, his exploration of the virtual space laid out before him is pertinent. In this mood of exploration sound is important and heavily contributing to the aesthetic of the experience.