VIDEO: ‘Epic’ virtual reality game soundtrack scored by Chichester University professor

Dr Stephen Baysted in Air Edel studios
Dr Stephen Baysted in Air Edel studios

A videogame to simulate a Red Bull world championship will feature a soundtrack by a senior lecturer of the University of Chichester.

Reader in film composition Dr Stephen Baysted created the score for the Red Bull Air Racer game, which includes pioneering virtual reality technology.

Dr Baysted, of the University’s department of Creative and Digital Technologies, said he has been developing and directing the soundtrack for the last two years.

He said: “The audio design involved recording planes and atmospherics at race locations in Europe and the USA to recreate the auditory experiences of real-life pilots and spectators.

“The score is epic in scale and scope and accompanies the on-screen action as players navigate air-gates in a simulation of the fastest motorsport in the world.

“The game also makes use of cutting-edge virtual reality technologies – including the recently launched Oculus Rift headset – to immerse the players in the gameplay.”

The soundtrack to the game, which was released on demo last month, was recorded at the famed Air Studios Lyndhurst Hall in London, responsible for producing audio for the Oscar-winning films Harry Potter and Gladiator.

Dr Baysted worked closely with London Metropolitan Orchestra director Andy Brown, a recent recipient of a University of Chichester honorary master’s degree, to produce the score.

The soundtrack will be released later this year. Watch the video for a preview.

To find out more about Dr Baysted and the research behind the project visit www.stephenbaysted.com.

Alternatively for more about the Red Bull Air Race game go to www.redbullairrace.com.

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