Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Justin Lassen at Game Developers Conference 2013 in San Francisco!



Hi everyone! I had the pleasure of going to GDC 2013 this year in San Francisco! As usual it was a blast, I think I’ve been to 10 of these things by now! Every year something magical happens, cool encounters, and I get to meet all my favorite video game developers and creators, befriend them, work with them and look deep into the future with them!



Of course there were tons and tons of parties, more parties than you can possibly attend in just 4 days. I tried to make it to about 3 parties per night, which kept me up until about 3AM every night! However, I made some valuable new friendships, business partners and creative encounters. I think half the magic of going to GDC has everything to do with the parties during the after-hours.


Union Square, nice weather, day and night!


My portable Ultrabook studio in a hotel suite! Getting ready for my talks and performances.


Here I am with the one-and-only Tim Larkin! composer, musician extraordinaire at Valve Software! This guy has been an inspiration to me for many years. It was so wonderful to meet him! (thanks Jason for the introduction!)


Me and Jason Hayes, composer/musician for Blizzard Entertainment (World of WarCraft, Diablo, StarCraft, etc.) Also great friend of mine. We have talked about all kinds of exciting things for the future! Stay tuned!


This was just a super magical encounter at one of the after-hours hangouts. I am honored to share this picture with Michael D. Csurics (middle) and Kevin McMullan (right). Michael thought we were doing crazy faces, but Kevin and I didn’t know that! :) Both of these guys are amazing! Kevin was audio guy and music guy at Ensemble Studios and worked on all my favorite “Age” games (Age of Mythology, etc.) Michael is also an audio guy and seems to know pretty much every voice actor out there! Honestly it was awesome to hang with both of these guys all night!


The legendary Dave Chan! This guy knows everyone in the business it seems! He’s also a damn amazing friend of mine! He was once the Audio Director of Bioware and worked on tons of my favorite games! We’re here at the Pyramind Studios in San Francisco checking out a 200K mixing room. :) This was for the G.A.N.G. mixer/after-party.


Here I am with Dave Chan again and also our dear friend Naomi Mercer (voice over artist, Mass Effect 2, etc.). We seriously had so much fun throughout GDC and wished it could last longer!


Here’s a cool random bunch! Gordy Haab (left), Justin Lassen (me), Sam Hulick (middle) and John Rodd (right). Look these guys up on Google and your mouth will drop, all of these composers, engineers and audio people have contributed so much to the worlds of games and film. It was an honor to hang with them at the TouchArcade party that I was invited to (thanks Josh!)


Steve Ouimette (left) and Justin Lassen (right). We met through Shawn Clement (composer) at NAMM one year and became friends ever since. We both are Arizona natives, but tend to only run into eachother when we’re traveling or doing shows! We both do a lot of sound libraries, synths and sound design, so you all have probably used our sounds in your productions at some point in your career if you are a composer or sound designer! :) More on the way!


Here I am with the creator of “Ow My Balls” for iOS, with over 5 million downloads, he asked me to do the soundtrack to his game and for his other “magic window” app that has topped the charts a few times! We’ve got some cool stuff in the works!


Of course I had to put a picture of Øystein Furevik, my fellow Norwegian darkly inclined rocker of The Dead Birds! He’s also a game journalist. We were hanging at the Microsoft booth and had a quick catch up before he headed back to the dark beautiful forests of Europe. :)


I met this cool guy named Andrew, who created this amazing 12.1 360 degree surround system, and my friend Josh wanted us to meet to collaborate on me doing some special compositions specifically for that format! very cool! ex-Adobe guy!


Here I am sitting inside the 360 degree audio sphere!


here I am with Pianist extraordinaire Jeffrey Michaels! We met for the first time at the GANG get together at Pyramind Studios. We both have a mutual friend named Rob Knapp, who composes and designs for slot machine games!


Here I am with my friend Bob Duffy, from Intel! He helped setup my theater slots and made me feel very welcome at the Intel booth this year!


Here I am with Intel CMG guru, Mike Fard! He came by the booth for a few hours to do some social media marketing for Intel. We did some fun photos for their viral campaign and it was so good to catch up! This guy has been a super guy for me at Intel, always sticking up for me and sharing cool opportunities with me!


Here is Nadia Banks, also from CMG at Intel. We met at CES and have done a few phone calls on Intel projects, but this is our first photo! :) Very cool, very smart lady! We’re both addicted to Candy Crush (game)!


GDC wouldn’t be complete without the annual group photo of Dave Taylor (doom, quake, abuse) (left), Sebastian DeGuy (Allegorithmic) (middle) and myself. We are old school, long time friends. Each of our careers has blown up in a lot of ways over the years, every year it gets better and better for all of us. We are on different paths however, there are parallel goals. We love making games!


I leave you with some bunnies I found in San Francisco! I met so many people on this trip, I had dozens of meetings, made all kinds of new friends, came home with a stack of 150 business cards, and overall had an amazing trip at GDC 2013! So much exciting things to look forward to! I got to check out tons of cool new games too! Stay tuned for how this all develops! Thanks for reading!