Category Archives: music

Talking Game Audio with Zachary Quarles, Audio Director at Microsoft (Xbox)

I realized I never linked to this really fun interview I did with the fine folks at Ossic!  I AM DUMB. We talked about all things audio including my process, some of the projects I’ve worked on, VR, and my side projects.  Check it out:  

Killer Instinct: Season 3 – LAUNCHED

The initial launch for Killer Instinct: Season 3 is LIVE.  Play today on Xbox One and Windows 10 (if you buy it on one platform, you get it on the other for free along with cross-play and cross-save…WHOAH)!! If you like heavy metal thunder, take a look/listen to the launch trailer.  It’s spicy!

Killer Instinct: Season 3 — TUSK.

VIKING WITH A MASSIVE SWORD. This dude was tons of fun to work on. Lots of really awesome metal/blade recordings mixed with some rad whoosh material that we got by attaching various metal items at the end of an ethernet cable that we whirled around a microphone. Here’s the trailer:

Killer Instinct: Season 3 — Arbiter

If you like Halo AND Killer Instinct, you’ll love this! Arbiter is making a special appearance in KI! How cool is that? Had a lot of fun with this one.  Here’s the trailer:

Killer Instinct: Season 3 — Kim Wu!

The next character we revealed for Killer Instinct was Kim Wu.  She is a returning character from the original franchise and had to be reimagined in terms of how we brought her to the 21st century in terms of sound design.  Here was the trailer that the team put together for her.  This one was a super fast turn around!

The Sound of Killer Instinct: Season 2

Soooooooooo…I’ve been somewhat busy and haven’t updated this page in ages.  I thought I’d give a slew up posts to show off some of the work that I’ve been doing as audio director for the Killer Instinct franchise.  As a quick summary, here’s a video I helped put together to show off what all we did from an audio standpoint for Killer Instinct: Season 2 Pretty fun stuff!

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 ( 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