I first met Elvira and Nicklas at GDC 2016, the day before Elvira gave a talk about how she and Rovio Sweeden’s Audio Director Jonaton Crafoord had managed to fit the complete set of sound effects and music in Angry Birds 2 in under 10 MB. It was an informative talk for anyone developing music for mobile, and I encourage you to watch the video of it if you have access to the GDC Vault. You can view the PDF of that talk here for free. We talk about this in depth on our podcast interview.
We also discuss the amazing story of how Elvira was chosen to write that music – as an intern no less! We also talk about how Elvira and Nicklas first met (in their very popular previous band, the melodic metal band Overworld).
We spend the the second half of the podcast talking about their “Stealth Project” Aragami for which they are doing the music and sound design, as well as the adaptive music techniques they used within the game. Elvira has used Fabric for both the Angry Birds 2 and the Aragami titles.
Finally, we talk about the game audio community in Sweden, often spear headed by Ben Minto of EA Dice, and how the development community in general is very close knit in Stockholm.
Here is how Elvira described their background, in her own words:
Nicklas and I met through the band Overworld in 2012. At that time we both studied, separately in different cities, game development. Nicklas studied Sound design for games, and I studied Game Design – still with the aim to work with audio.
Topics Covered in the Podcast – Track list
Music Clip from Aragami- Yamiko – 0:45
Elvira and Nicklas Backgrounds – 1:38
Music Clip from Aragami – Path of Shadows – 6:48
Interns – Elvira at Rovio – 9:24
Elvira chosen to do the music for Angry Birds 2 as an intern – 13:14
Angry Birds Implementation (Fabric) – 18:00
Nicklas and Elvira Paths crossed again – 25:42
Game Audio/Game Dev Community in Sweden – 31:50
Aragami Discussion Starts – 35:00
Music Clip from Aragami – Hidden Leaf Silent Dragon – 36:21
Audio Budget for Aragami Live Instruments – 38:20
Elvira plays the shakuhachi Flute – 41:39
Aragami Game Story – 43:00
Motifs in Aragami – 46:25
JRPG Influence in Two Feathers’ Music – 50:00
Middleware in Aragami (Fabric) – 50:41
Use of Silence, Sound Design, Ambients, and Stingers: 53:00
Music Clip from Aragami- Fox Tears – 57:00
Stingers in Aragami – 59:00
The Future for Two Feathers – 1:00:06
Streaming Podcast on MixCloud
Click the following link and the podcast will start downloading.DMN Podcast - Ep17 - Composers Elvira Bjorkman and Nicklas Hjertberg of Two Feathers Studio
About Two Feathers Studio
Official Website: Two Feathers Studio
Two Feathers on Soundcloud
About Aragami – Additional Vids and Links