Joris de Man is a renowned composer and sound designer whose work has been nominated many times over. He composes orchestral and contemporary music for games, film and commercials, and balances this with developing sound design for games too.
"Crunch time is demanding enough without adding the stress that unreliable hardware can create."
Joris was destined to work in music being born into a musical family in the Netherlands. Not only a highly regarded contemporary composer whose work is performed by many acclaimed musicians; his father was also a professor at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. His mother is a world-renowned Harpsichordist who performs, records and teaches all over the world, and his older brother began his musical career in bands before composing himself.
Joris has been creating music and sound effects for the games industry for more than 15 years. His most acclaimed project to date is the orchestral score and sound design for Sony's Killzone2™, the PS3 game developed exclusively for Sony, which sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Joris composed and orchestrated the score, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with Nimrod Productions' Studio Orchestra.
Coping with the unexpected
Joris is a very determined composer who is often inspired by the technology he works with, whether it be the latest audio processing plug-ins or innovated samples libraries enabling him to create immersive aural environments.
He also never gives up; following a major fracture to his ankle and consequent surgery, during the final months of production on Killzone 2™ Joris went from the hospital straight back to work in his studio to continue composing the orchestral cut scenes for the game, in order to meet the recording deadline.
"I was running on adrenalin, composing through the night, and working hard with an amazing team to make up for time lost following my surgery. Video game fans across the world eagerly await the release of triple A titles; developers have a schedule to stick to and it's my responsibility to deliver my part so we don't let the fans down," said Joris.
No more lost work
"The work is demanding enough without adding the stress that unreliable hardware can create. Before we started using G-Technology we were having a nightmare with drives failing. Losing data is nothing short of a disaster; often you simply cannot recreate the work if it's lost, it can be nerve wracking and has a terrible effect on both motivation and momentum. Our G-SAFE system has never missed a beat or lost a sound track, and it's amazingly quiet…I forget it's there. My team also used the G-RAID recently to store video footage for a documentary we were editing and it too has been 100 per cent dependable," said Joris.
Joris de Man has been a long time user of G-Technology G-SAFE drives and is proud of association with G-Technology.