What do you like to do in the Dreamiverse?
Currently, I spend most of my time in Dreams importing audio samples I’ve recorded or making weird voice effects for most anybody who reaches out with a need! Of particular note, I just got done importing several hundred recordings of vegetables and meats being destroyed for their sweet, squishy, sound effects. I’m a sound designer by trade so I spend a lot of time singing Bogdan and Ed’s praises, or shaking my fist at the sky when they haven’t added a feature I want yet.
I’ve also been getting to do a lot of writing and pre-production for Dreams projects this year, but a lot of that happens outside of Dreams, even though is still a huge part of development.
Dreams has a high skill ceiling for lighting, and I think as the platform and teams evolve that we are going to see a lot more impressive cinematography. Getting my hands dirty with more lighting is a goal of mine for 2022.
If you could give another member of the community a piece of advice for their time in Dreams, what would it be?
Think for yourself. You’re an artist and you should be giving yourself challenging projects that are worth your time. But on the other hand, consider giving up some creative control if it means you can work with like-minded and talented creators. Having complete say over your work is great, but working on a team can be tons of fun if it’s with the right people.
And finally, cut your losses if a project or team just isn’t working. We have limited time here on this earth, and some juice just isn’t worth the squeeze.
What was the first thing you created in Dreams?
Back when I still had time to stream, one of my viewers reached out to me about making title music for their game. It’s called Linked by Aevox23 and is an interesting puzzle game where you control two robots at once as they move in tandem, and using the environment you have to forcibly separate them and get them to stand on the exit plates together. I went with a dance/electronica sort of vibe, which is something I don’t do much of, but it turned out great. I felt doing dance music would really match the aesthetic he had going on, and I fit a 3-part through-composition into a little over a minute runtime before it loops. I’m very happy that some cool panning and vocal chopping ideas made it in via percussive sequencing.
Favourite food, movie, and song in that order? GO!
Call me basic, but I’m a sucker for spaghetti.
I’m a huge film buff, so asking for a “favourite” movie is heresy, but some movies I think never get old for me are: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Princess Bride, An American Werewolf in London, any of Jackie Chan’s non-American films, The Prestige, and Children of Men. I really like a good balance between dark imagery and a dry sense of humour, and I get that Jackie Chan fits neither of those, but by god, the physical stunts he created in his prime were gravity-defying madness.
Fave songs? Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap never fails to relax me, Where is the Line by Bjork pushes my “This is weird but I like it” buttons in just the right way, and I’m huge into the instrumental prog scene that’s been going on this last decade (check out Physical Education by Animals as Leaders, or G.O.A.T. by Polyphia, etc). Really any artists that try to break the mould and play outside of the cookie-cutter, made-for-radio mindset are what I gravitate towards.
How can people find you in the Dreamiverse?
On the twelfth night of the third moon, simply whisper one’s intentions into the woods and I will find you. Or you know, just message me on Twitter @SoundsLikeTreb1.
I’ve got a couple music tunes on my Dreams account, SoundsLikeTreble, and some comedy voice work in DaniKaka’s Patient Patrol, but look for my upcoming sound design work in NauticalSquatch’s upcoming action-horror FPS, Deadzone Aberration. I’m also doing writing for Team Sunflare for their upcoming episodes of Dr Sunflare’s Lab; the next episode is coming along great and we can’t wait to show the Dreamiverse.
Which creations are currently your top 10 in Dreams?
In alphabetical order…
1. Binary Bash, by Danikaka0092 - it’s fun, polished, and educational.
2. Creeper, by Creme_Freeesh - This is beautifully a creepy house with a full 2-hour game.
3. Demon’s Penance - Prototype Stage, by Tomek_Mrozinski - This shows off the immense potential of Dreams by using clever lighting and staging to make their 3D portraits look like hand-drawn 2D art.
4. Gold Valley 1-4, by RBDJellyfish - This is just a really solid puzzle series that gets harder as they go, but never wore out its welcome with me.
5. Hypercycle Arena 1, by AgentWombatUK - I freaking love Hypercycle Arena in VR!
6. Just Pogo, by A4325176890 - I was legit sad when I finally beat this for the first time, because that meant there were no new challenges. You start off thinking it controls badly, but as you go it becomes clear that there’s a legit skill ceiling to it.
7. Opposite Day, but as a series, played in order, by MrCaseyJones- A surreal, absurdist comedy that comments on our tendencies as gamers, that begins to develop a secret story of conspiracy. Consider joining the Explorer’s Club!
8. Tales from Dark Town: Homecoming, by DirtyFlusher - A turn-based RPG with a cool (and accurate) aesthetic, fun and cheesy dialogue, and a bucketful of nostalgia.
9. Tectonic, by Sanderobros- This is one of the best-controlling racers in Dreams, and the Action mode race that starts altering the level’s geometry on the second lap is genius. I wish they would make an entire game around that mode.
10. The Swamp Monsters, by ShandyBoy1975 - Really anything by ShandyBoy is incredible. Their art is beyond good.
Who’d you like to get to know in the Dreamiverse? We’ll ask them some questions for next month’s newsletter!
The one and only Typhus667. He’s a master of the macabre and never pulls any punches in his creations.