Meet and Build 2023

Meet And Build

Art & creativity :  Creature Vocalizations : The Art of Creating Audio Nightmares with a Human Voice

Sébastien Croteau

Sébastien Croteau

Metal vocalist since 1991 (Necrotic Mutation) and throat singer (Tibetan, Mongolia and Inuit throat-singing) since 1996, Sébastien Croteau masters an impressive number of extreme vocal techniques. He began teaching metal voices and throat-singing 15 years ago. Since then, he trained hundreds of metal vocalists and voice talents around the world and he is renowned to be an expert in vocal distortion, extreme sounds and creature voice design.

It is thanks to these techniques that he began to work for video games companies in 2005.

Since then, he has specialized in vocal stunt work and sound creation of the voices of monsters and creatures. He has worked on more than thirty video games (including, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Far Cry 5, Rainbow Six Siege: Outbreak, Prince of Persia – The Forgotten Sands and Assassin’s Creed 2) and has lent his voice to more than 200 characters.

For the past few years, he has been a casting director and a voice director for various projects. In 2018, he created a company called The Monster Factory, a talent agency who specializes in extreme sounds, vocal stunts and creature/monster voices for movies and video games.

Sébastien’s talk will be about how creature vocalizations made by voice talents have become more popular in recent years in video games. Mostly dominated by animal sounds libraries or softwares modifying the voice for decades, more and more video game companies have turned to humans to voice those characters. 

This talk will give you more insight into the science behind extreme voice techniques used by creature voice talents, the challenges of creature vocalizations, the different vocal archetypes and voice layering techniques. It will also dive into the recording process for this type of character and give you tips and tricks to get the most out of creature voice talents.