Category Archives: music

Exercising Your Creative Muscles and Embracing the Side-Project

To continue the theme of finding random stuff in my archive, I came across an audio exercise that I did a couple of years ago.  It started off as an audio test that didn’t gain traction; but I had a blast working on it, so I finished it out and tucked it away.  It’s a moody scene from a little film starring our favorite xenomorphs: Audio Exercise: Xenomorphs from Zachary Quarles on Vimeo. I have done a number of these sorts of … Continue reading

Here Comes Jermaine

I was going through some of my archives and came across this. My buddy Jermaine Blackwell (jermaineblackwell.tumblr.com/) was starting a VBlog a couple of years ago and was looking for an intro song. He asked me for some ideas, so I gave him the first thing that came to mind: Death Metal. This track includes two versions: with vocals and then the original scratch track. I did all of the music and vocals and then had my brother Josh do … Continue reading

Quick Interview with “Get a Game Career”

Hey y’alls – Just a quick update that I had an impromptu five question Q&A with Deke over at www.getagamecareer.com. Check it: Meet a Video Game Pro – Zack Quarles, Audio Director

Writing an Audio Design Document

I often get asked how I “start” a project.  This is a big question.  Multiple things happen all at the same time, but one of the “filters” that I generally use to collect all of these items into a centralized place is the Audio Design Document (also called an audio style guide, sonic bible, etc…).  This becomes a road-map for myself, the audio team, and the project team as a whole on how I guide the audio component of any project that … Continue reading

singlefrequency

Whew!  It’s been a little while since my last update!  Several changes have been happening in my world lately; the most notable is that I have resigned from id Software and will be moving to the Pacific Northwest area very shortly (like…in three days)!  I’m sad to say goodbye to my id family and will always be excited to see what they come up with, but I am ridiculously excited for the future. In the meantime, I’m pleased to announce … Continue reading