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God of War – The Sound of God of War | PS4


One thing that I live by is just
trying to be extremely positive, and this might be kind of funny,
but just do what you love. When I come here and I’m putting
the controller in my hand or I’m doing sound design,
that’s me. This is what I want to do,
this is what I’m here for. Hi, I’m Mike Niederquell. I’m a lead sound designer
here at Sony and I’ve been with the
PlayStation family since 2011. I’ve never been
a part of a project where someone laid out a vision
four years prior and how well that vision
was upheld. I got to commend the team,
and Cory sticking to his guns. I’ve been in some meetings
where Cory really pushed back
on what he wanted, and it was really great to
follow in his footsteps to get us where we are. I always just make mouth sounds
for Mike Niederquell. So when I would go in and try
to describe what I’d want, it was more just like, hey,
“wa-shoo, whoosh.” And you’re like, “Aw, man,”
and it’s ridiculous. If you were
to take it out of context and listen to any of the things
that I were to tell him, I don’t know how he followed
any of that direction. The only clear piece of
direction I gave him was the World Serpent voice. It’s this mysterious entity
that comes out of the water. It’s giant, large than life, and he wanted its voice
to represent that, and he wanted it to be surreal
and something you’ve never heard before
and be very alien. I had these really cool
Tuvan throat singing videos, and I was like,
“I really want him to have this weird combination
of monster and creature, but also
a Tuvan throat singing thing, so it’s almost cyclical
like the didgeridoo almost. There’s five layers to it. So I went online, I went on
YouTube and did my research, and I was like, “I think I can–
maybe I can do this.” And so I gave it my best go and I put a mic up to my mouth
and I was like: [IMITATES TUVAN THROAT SINGING] And it’s not that great. I used different pitch plug-ins, and one of them
was kind of like Auto-Tune, and that’s what gives the World
Serpent its signature sound is it’s trying to pitch correct when I do
that Tuvan throat singing. So when you hear me restart like
this… [STACCATO GRUNTING] It’s me fighting
against the Auto-Tune to get it to stick to where
I want it to correct it. And then once I find a note
that I like, I try to hold it
as still as possible, and that’s what gave it
its unique characteristic. Once you start to add
some of the plug-ins… [GROWLING] [GROWLING VOICE] So that’s the base pitch
that I started with, and I kept iterating on top
of that pitched version. There’s clicks you might hear
in his voice, and some of those clicks
are kitten purrs, some are buffalo little chuffs. There’s tigers,
there’s beluga whale clicks. And all those things
are layered together to give it all those other
creature-esque sounds that I couldn’t necessarily make
with my voice. [CLICKING] [GROWLING VOICE] [GROWLING VOICE] [CLANG] [THUDDING] We did a lot of Foley recordings
down in San Diego, and what that offered us
was unique sound recordings to craft the sound
of God of War. [THUNK] The sound of the axe as it
whisks through the air, it has that “whoo.” And then when it comes back
to your hand, and, “ponk,” has that satisfying
ka-thunk sound. The actual really heavy,
wet thud sounds that it has when it hits,
the cleaving sounds that it has, they seem to just elevate
a punch over everything else. So even when Kratos
is screaming, it complements and feels like it’s on a different level
from where he’s at. One cool thing we did
about the catch sounds that I think is resonating
with a lot of people is no matter where
you throw the axe, we have an incoming
embellishment. So on top of it we have
the whooshes that play of the axe spinning,
but we also have a “fwoof” when it comes back to you. And based on how far away
you throw that, we actually will fast forward
or rewind into the sound to do an offset to make sure that embellishment
plays at the right time when you catch it,
so it’ll always end: “fwoof,” in your hands. So if you throw it closer
to you, it’d be, “fwoof!” I actually made homemade
bullroarers, which are– if you think of Crocodile Dundee
or something like that, when he’s spinning
this giant thing, going: [MAKES UNDULATING SOUND] So it’s basically a string with
a flat piece of wood on it that’s oblong like that
and rounded. Those recordings ended up just
basically being mastered and thrown in as
the Dark Ones’ wings. That’s always rewarding
as a sound designer when you can almost take
a singular source and just EQ it and master it
and put it into the game. There’s a picture one of the
sound designers sent me from San Diego where he has
his feet on a T-bone steak. So they were literally
walking on red meat so you get some of the “flesh”
footsteps that we used– I think we used some of those
inside the hive in Alfheim, and areas inside of
the World Serpent. I think the sound for fatherhood
changes. In the first three years
of my son’s life, the sound for fatherhood
was screaming. But then I would say the sound
of fatherhood now has changed to “Papa.” That to me sums it all up, makes
it all feel good and worth it, is him actually
calling out to me and initiating a conversation,
which is a big deal, I think, for me specifically, so that becomes a very personal what is that sound
of fatherhood? It’s interesting because
you look at the game and I think the sounds of
fatherhood are, “Boy!” And then at the end, it’s “Son.” I think what I’ve enjoyed most
about working on God of War is the collaboration. Each person on
our sound design team has almost touched everything
in the game. We had a very unique process where someone would take
an iteration on one thing and someone would have ideas, and we might have that
other sound designer come in and offer their ideas. So it was very selfless. People were willing to let go
of some things to have someone else try to put
their icing on the cake, so to speak. Thank you to every single person
out there who worked tirelessly
to make this game, who suffered and struggled
and doubted, but ignored the doubt
or overcame the doubt, who put in way more
than was ever asked. It is no mistake that people
are talking positively about the audioscape
of this game. This is not the kind of thing
people do just to get it done. I think they do it because
there’s part of them that compels them
to do something, that makes them
desire to actually put a piece of themselves
into something, become part of something
greater. And I’m so, so blessed
to actually be part of that, to actually stand
next to smart people while they do
really great things and then take
total credit for it. So I did it all. Me. Yes, I did not do anything. It’s super clear, right? And I’m very sorry for whatever
it is I’m going to do in the next 48 to 60 years. Boy!

Otis Rodgers

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Justin C Posted on April 7, 2019 at 2:33 am

    With all these gow vids lately. Im thinking 2020? For a new one or reveal anyways.

    Reply
  2. ReySen Posted on April 7, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Acabo de terminar ayer el juego , es hermoso

    Reply
  3. cloquazidus Posted on April 7, 2019 at 3:05 am

    That is why you guys deserved GOTY 2018-2028

    Reply
  4. BlueChaos33 Posted on April 7, 2019 at 3:38 am

    That was awesome. Thank you

    Reply
  5. benhurzz Posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:04 am

    dude is a genius…

    Reply
  6. thegoldenfret123456 Posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:10 am

    cory is a right gentleman

    Reply
  7. Roberto Moscon Posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Nothing new to show! What a shame!

    Reply
  8. apenas mais um Diogo. Posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:22 am

    Meus parabéns aos designers de som, toda a atmosfera te faz sentir num épico medieval nórdico. Não apenas a trilha sonora; a neve sendo pisada, a magia das runas, o fogo chamuscando, cada inimigo tendo um som e até idioma próprio… Tudo isso contribui muito

    Reply
  9. Kratos / Espartano Posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:24 am

    The best game 2018

    Reply
  10. CoolGent87 Posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:25 am

    The game is incredibly made

    Reply
  11. Kash Joseph Posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:50 am

    I can watch videos like these for years and never get bored

    Reply
  12. SkinHead Posted on April 7, 2019 at 5:27 am

    This was great. What a phenomenal game, one of my favourites

    Reply
  13. Zack Cannon Posted on April 7, 2019 at 5:39 am

    This game deserved GOTY no doubt

    Reply
  14. Zack Cannon Posted on April 7, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Just can't wait for the second one

    Reply
  15. Sickmanfudo Posted on April 7, 2019 at 5:50 am

    The work that goes just into the sound of the game is soooo amazing!

    Reply
  16. Ashfaq khan Posted on April 7, 2019 at 6:18 am

    They even don’t know. What a masterpiece they made

    Reply
  17. riley mccurley Posted on April 7, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Why can’t we go to Valhalla

    Reply
  18. Tristan Krisch Posted on April 7, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Best game ever!!!

    Reply
  19. TheBrightjay Posted on April 7, 2019 at 7:14 am

    See u on ps5

    Reply
  20. Zombie 36889 Posted on April 7, 2019 at 7:52 am

    We want a sequel

    Reply
  21. Jimmy Guo Posted on April 7, 2019 at 7:53 am

    GOTY 2018 is…

    Forza Horizon 4(Microsoft game)

    Reply
  22. Ethan Castagno Posted on April 7, 2019 at 8:05 am

    this video just convinced me to reinstall the game

    Reply
  23. frantisek petrasek Posted on April 7, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Goty!! love it

    Reply
  24. iBangAPES Posted on April 7, 2019 at 8:38 am

    if im not mistaken, GoW won best game/GOTY in two separate occasions or more. so glad i got this game

    Reply
  25. потею на е50 Posted on April 7, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Barlog said that he used Tuvan throat singing to make the voice of The World Seprent.
    So im Tuvinian and im so proud of tuvinian throat singing came to the games. Unbeliviable.

    Reply
  26. G the G Posted on April 7, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I Still get goosebumps juist thinking about this game. There is so much love in everything. Deep f…. bow.

    Reply
  27. Joe M Posted on April 7, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I've met hideo kojima, would love to meet corey someday he is such an amazing guy.

    Reply
  28. Haider Nazar Posted on April 7, 2019 at 9:37 am

    We need the new GOW 😑😑😑😑 we need a trailer 😑👊🏻

    Reply
  29. Flaming avacado Posted on April 7, 2019 at 9:50 am

    How much are you gonna milk this game its getting old. Its been a year since the game released

    Reply
  30. Sheharyar Khan Posted on April 7, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Literally the best game I've ever played. I've played through it thrice and I've loved every second of it.

    Reply
  31. Programmer Parker Posted on April 7, 2019 at 10:24 am

    This game is SPECIAL.

    Reply
  32. Zack Bogucki Posted on April 7, 2019 at 10:41 am

    GG I was the meat footsteps

    Reply
  33. du dlll Posted on April 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    wow ps4😍😍😍😍😍

    Reply
  34. Sakib Posted on April 7, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    It’s been a year since this masterpiece came out. Painfully waiting for the next game!

    Reply
  35. MariaTriAce Posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    OK, Barlog. I got it. Your wrist-watch is cool.

    Reply
  36. Steve Hunt Posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    AMAZING GAME!!!! LOVED IT!!!, NOW PLEASE NAUGHTY DOG….LAST OF US 2

    Reply
  37. Steve Hunt Posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Genius game Cory!! I'm going to play again!!!!

    Reply
  38. videojaxson Posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Sounds like a bong at 2:42

    Reply
  39. Geralt of Rivia Posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I'm interested in the sound of BOY

    Reply
  40. Big Riz Posted on April 7, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Can't wait for the next two. This will be an amazing trilogy. World serpent voice shook my living room

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  41. Владимир Posted on April 7, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Голос огромного змея в игре меня впечатлил больше всего ! Он громоподобный и страшный ! У меня звук с тв идёт через систему 2.1 так у меня аж кресло дрожало когда говорил змей ! Это был восторг !

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  42. DEZi GaySenBerG Posted on April 7, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Kodus To Sony For Supporting These Amazingly Talented Teams

    Reply
  43. Vivek Kumar Posted on April 7, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    This is amazing game thanks

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  44. SuperArppis Posted on April 7, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    …I should replay this game. 😀

    Reply
  45. BATMAN - LAWBRO Posted on April 7, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Just waiting for the next game.

    Reply
  46. havok the beast Posted on April 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    I'm genuinely spooked every time the world serpent talks. Xbox gotta take notes

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  47. Redwald Cuthberting Posted on April 7, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I still think Jormungandr should speak Proto-Germanic.

    Reply
  48. XSameer Masri Posted on April 7, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Ayyy sound toys is lit

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  49. Blackwatch Posted on April 7, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I wish we fought the World Serpent in a boss fight!
    I was actually a little disappointed in knowing the serpent was our friend rather than an enemy…

    Reply
  50. Jack Gill Posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    That hippie is the world serpent?! Wow!

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  51. Hamid Kjn Posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    calling your axe , world serpent and BOI was the best sounds!
    also that axe on barlog neck was realy fun 🙂

    Reply
  52. Afterfall 81 Posted on April 7, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    TEACHER: ARE YOU LAUGHING??
    ME: NO
    MY BRAIN: 2:04

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  53. Daniel Alberto Morán García Posted on April 7, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    The sound of the GOTY

    Reply
  54. Boooy Posted on April 7, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    The best game ever in these generation of console's 😍😍🤩

    Reply
  55. angelgking Posted on April 8, 2019 at 12:49 am

    I still love the music to this game and I still play

    Reply
  56. xTipZ- _ Posted on April 8, 2019 at 1:03 am

    # WE WANT PS PLUS FREE FOR LIFE

    Reply
  57. Stop coly Squad Posted on April 8, 2019 at 1:46 am

    PS K TV and PS TV K

    Reply
  58. Stop coly Squad Posted on April 8, 2019 at 1:47 am

    PS5, PS6, PS7, PS8, PS9, PS10, PS11, PS12, PS 13, PS14, PS15

    Reply
  59. X Gody Posted on April 8, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Easily the best game of 2018

    Reply
  60. lecrutiz10 Posted on April 8, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Can you just imagine what this team could do with ps5 in the sequel?

    Reply
  61. I AM XxXDOOM_SLAYERXxX Posted on April 8, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Boiii

    Reply
  62. Ghost Recon Posted on April 8, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Hi Guys
    I WOULD LOVE TO GET FEEDBACK FROM YOU GUYS ABOUT MY CHANNEL!
    HAVE A NICE DAY!

    Reply
  63. idan mualem Posted on April 8, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    BOI OF WAR

    Reply
  64. solid_fox47 Posted on April 8, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Amazing group of artists. Just amazing…

    Reply
  65. Delophantae_ Posted on April 8, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Xbox: We have Halo.
    PS4: Wanna see me destroy it? Hold my BOI

    Reply
  66. Brenda Morales Posted on April 8, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    5:27 Wow, they actually have a golden statue of them:0

    Reply
  67. Shakir Smith Posted on April 8, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    And this is why this is game of the year for 2018

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  68. Filipe Teles #contenteTV Posted on April 8, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    jogo lindo da porra

    Reply
  69. Kylix Posted on April 8, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    The world serpent's voice shook my entire body through my home theater system. I bet my neighbors thought I was summoning satan or something.

    Reply
  70. GAMEBOSSTM Posted on April 9, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Jogo maravilhoso, o melhor que joguei no PS4

    Reply
  71. Malikul Amin Posted on April 9, 2019 at 4:05 am

    You should thank you for the people who buy the game, with out them you dont have a job…

    Reply
  72. Question Control Posted on April 9, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I already got $120 stored away for their next work of art.

    Reply
  73. Christian Wurm Posted on April 9, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Is there gonna be a dlc for this game?

    Reply
  74. CottonFly Posted on April 9, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    How's the sequel coming along? Well, I hope!

    Reply
  75. Hallef Alves Posted on April 9, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Seen this makes me play the game all over again 😭😭😭😭

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  76. Kanashi Atisuto Posted on April 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Gosh, I love the Leviathan Axe's sounds & Jörmungandr's voice so much- I had those & other sounds on my mind for weeks after playing- & still I feel like I didn't appreciate the sound design enough- it's incredible, mind-blowing work 😮 <3 Thank you so much for making God of War so fantastic & for this video 😀

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  77. Steven Warner Posted on April 10, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Music from Ucharted 2 in this video?

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  78. ᴘᴀᴜʟᴏıʀᴀɴSS Posted on April 10, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Very impressive 👏

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  79. HeyKyle Posted on April 10, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Jorm has some of the coolest sounds emitting from him that I have ever heard in a video game in my life. Great work Santa Monica.

    Reply
  80. Iggy Bunn34 Posted on April 10, 2019 at 3:49 am

    This is just straight up amazing 👏👏

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  81. Luke Smith Posted on April 10, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Who else heard Peter Quill.

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  82. Bee Xiong Posted on April 10, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Zeus father was a giant, that mean kratos is part giant!?

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  83. Aleksander Hoff Posted on April 10, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Best game I have played. Period. The feel, sound and look of a viking-ish era with monsters and fantastic artwork is insane.

    Just goes to show what can be given to us in terms of single player experiences.. if developers get to do their thing in the time they need, without bothersome micro-transactions and short deadlines. I loved that the camera never cuts away.. it helps dragging me into the story.

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  84. Demigod Spacebender Starfluxx Gamer Posted on April 11, 2019 at 4:42 am

    When is gow6 coming out?

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  85. the-Dark-Writer-1994 Posted on April 12, 2019 at 9:02 am

    The sound of VICTORY! BOI!

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  86. ToM92MoT Posted on April 13, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    6:00 "And I think the sounds of fatherhood are ' B O I ', and then at the end it's ' Son '". This comment is both funny and really fitting with the character development, I love it.

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  87. Baba Semka Posted on April 14, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Cory "48 to 6 years" Barlog

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  88. briii293 Posted on April 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    What armor is that on 4:00?

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  89. sandro salino Posted on April 19, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    10!!!!!!!!!

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  90. SagnolTheGangster Posted on April 21, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Listening those sounds with a woofer makes it the best ASMR for me! Thanks for accomplishing that

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  91. JakeFromStateCS Posted on April 22, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Brought here from Marshall McGee
    's channel.

    Reply
  92. Idtelos Posted on April 24, 2019 at 4:04 am

    That life size Kratos and Atreus statues are freaking epic!!!

    Reply
  93. ConfusedGenius Posted on May 14, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Imagine being able to say that you're the voice of the world serpent

    Reply
  94. WisdomGreenLeaf Posted on May 30, 2019 at 1:09 am

    How do you dislike this? Lol, some people…

    Reply
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