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University academic scores soundtrack to revolutionary virtual-reality racer

A REVOLUTIONARY new videogame which can be played using pioneering virtual reality technology has been developed in part by a Reader of the University of Chichester.

Reader in Film Composition Dr Stephen Baysted directed the audio and composed the soundtrack to the innovative Red Bull Air Racer which is a simulation of Red Bull’s Air Race world championships.

Dr Baysted, of the University’s department of Creative and Digital Technologies, said he has been work with Slightly Mad Studios for the last two years on the project and added:

“The audio design involved recording planes and atmospherics at race locations in Europe and the USA to recreate the auditory experiences of real-life pilots and spectators.

“The score is epic in scale and scope and accompanies the on-screen action as players navigate air-gates in a simulation of the fastest motorsport in the world.

“The game also makes use of cutting-edge virtual reality technologies – including the recently launched Oculus Rift headset – to immerse the players in the gameplay.”

The soundtrack to the game was recorded at the world renowned Air Studios Lyndhurst Hall in London – where scores for countless Oscar-winning films such as Harry Potter, Gladiator, Interstellar and Pirates of the Caribbean have been produced.

Dr Baysted worked closely with London Metropolitan Orchestra director Andy Brown, a recent recipient of a University of Chichester honorary master’s degree, to produce the score.

In an interview, below, he outlines the compositional, scoring, and recording process.

The soundtrack to Red Bull Air Race The Game will be released later this year.

To find out more about Dr Baysted and the pioneering research he has conducted with his students at the University of Chichester visit www.stephenbaysted.com.

Alternatively for more about the Red Bull Air Race game go to www.redbullairrace.com.