Category Archives: life

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: http://press.ossic.com/blog/2015/12/7/talking-game-audio-with-zach-quarles-audio-director-at-microsoft-xbox  

Inside Microsoft Studios: Meet Audio Director Zachary Quarles!

Microsoft Studios did a small feature/interview with me! Check it out if you feel so inclined!  I talk about silly things. https://microsoftstudios.com/news/2016/03/14/inside-microsoft-studios-meet-audio-director-zachary/

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!

Reinstate the Tony Award Categories for Sound Design Now!

Apparently, I am furious. The Tony Awards has decided that the work of sound designers does not deserve the recognition of other disciplines such as scenic, lighting, or costume design (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/06/11/arts/ap-us-tony-awards-sound-design.html?hp).  This is absolutely flabbergasting to me.  The Tony Awards are supposed to represent the perfect unity of all disciplines in a live theatrical experience.  I would like to think that sound plays a pretty pivotal role with this experience.  Apparently, The Tony Awards feels differently.  But hey, “The committee … Continue reading

Audible Worlds Interview

My pal Mike Niederquell over at Audible Worlds and I chatted for a bit via the interwebs and he posted the interview here.  Check it out if you are interested in nerdy audio talk!  Thanks, Mike! Also, you should follow Mike on the twitterverse: https://twitter.com/Niederquell

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

Supersonic Flight – Sonic Booms

My dad sent me this amazing video explaining what happens when the speed of sound is broken today: Granted, the sound quality itself is bad…but holy crap, it is still so ridiculously cool. This reminded me of an element of my childhood that I hold in a very special place my heart.  When we were living in Phoenix, Arizona, we would periodically pile into our massive sky blue van, stop at Kentucky Fried Chicken, and make the trek out to Luke … Continue reading