Lucas van Tol

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Lucas van Tol
Senior sound designer and music supervising
Before receiving his post graduate diploma in sound design at the Utrecht School of Arts, Lucas van Tol was hired as a sound designer at Guerrilla Games, then in the early stages of the Playstation 3 shooter “Killzone 2“. After four AAA Playstation titles, Lucas is now a senior sound designer and supervised the collaborative music process of the extremely well received title “Horizon Zero Dawn” (PS4).
Games experience
Music Supervising
2013 – Now
Horizon Zero Dawn (2017, Guerrilla Games, Playstation 4)
I was part of the main in-house Horizon Zero Dawn sound team together with three other sound designers. About half of my time was dedicated to the music supervising process, the other half was dedicated to sound design. The music supervision included, but was not limited to setting and maintaining the music vision, defining music implementation rules, finding the composers, giving the composers feedback and information and creating custom music tracks for the game and its marketing assets.
Senior Sound Designer
2011 – Now
Horizon Zero Dawn (2017, Guerrilla Games, Playstation 4)
I was part of the main in-house Guerrilla Games sound team together with three other sound designers. About half of my time was dedicated to the music supervising process, the other half was dedicated to sound design. In the role of senior sound designer i, amongst other things, contributed to the environmental sounds, UI sounds, pickup sounds, bird research and asset creation, foley, festival walla and music integration.
Senior Sound Designer
2011 – 2014
Killzone Shadow Fall (2013, Guerrilla Games, Playstation 4)
I was part of the main in-house Guerrilla Games sound team together with three other sound designers. In the role of senior sound designer i, amongst other things, contributed to the foley, weapon handling sounds, environmental sounds, cutscenes and sequences, music integration and Arduino-based prototypes.
Sound Designer
2009 – 2011
Killzone 3 (2011, Guerrilla Games, Playstation 3)
I was part of the main in-house Guerrilla Games sound team together with two other sound designers. In the role of sound designer i, amongst other things, contributed to foley, vehicles and automata, weapon handling sounds, environmental sounds, cutscenes and sequences and music briefing and integration.
Junior Sound Designer
2006 – 2009
Killzone 2 (2009, Guerrilla Games, Playstation 3)
I was part of the main in-house Guerrilla Games sound team together with two other sound designers. In the role of junior sound designer i, amongst other things, contributed to foley, vehicles and automata, weapon handling sounds, environmental sounds, cutscenes and sequences, music briefing, music integration and worked on switching our game to the newer Sony proprietary SCREAM engine.
Other Relevant Experience
Sound designer for "Teddy" (animation)
2005
Andre Bergs / Il Luster Productions
I did foley and sound design for this short movie, directed by AndrΓ© Bergs as part of his graduation project (and it was part of mine as well). It was picked up by Il Luster Productions and won several prices on film festivals, including “Best Animation Film” at the Festival International du Film d’Aubagne 2006Β  in France and a nomination for Best Debut Film at the Netherlands Film Festival 2005. Music by Alex Debicki.
Other projects
2004-2006
Several clients
During the last few years of my study i worked on several smaller projects. Games, animations, short movies, interactive museum installations. I even managed a project for the province of Flevoland that included recording on location, animation, voice overs and interviews, which was done one day before i started at Guerrilla Games. But in the end, all these little projects don’t add a lot to this resume, so i won’t include the details. Please feel free to ask about them if you want to know more.
Education
Utrecht School of Arts, Faculty Art, Media and Technology
2000 – 2004
Music Technology / Sound & Music Production
Master of Arts with honors
Utrecht School of Arts, Faculty Art, Media and Technology
2004 – 2006
Sound design
Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip)
Senior Sound Designer incl. Music Supervision
Game Sound Design
Game sound design is what i’ve graduated in, and it’s what i have been doing for the last 12 years.
Music Supervising
During Horizon Zero Dawn i was in the unique situation of not having an Audio Lead for a large part of the project. As a result, i had to figure out a lot of music supervison things myself and used methods that might be a bit different from what others would do. At the same time, i had the luxury of working with a lot of different really experienced and talented people in the industry that taught me a lot about music supervision. People within Guerrilla, including the two leads that we did get later on and people within the extended Sony family.
Composition
I have studied composition at the Utrecht School of Arts, but during my course i switched to sound design instead. My composition experience includes writing for 12-piece live ensemble during a film festival, arranging for local music and theatre groups and i made small contributions to diegetic music that can be found in Killzone Shadow Fall and Horizon Zero Dawn. I think my musical skills help me being a good sound designer and it definitely helps communcation during music supervision, but i primarily see myself as a sound designer.
Sound location recording
I own a Sound Devices 744t-based recording set. I record most of my sound effects with it on location, from percussion instrument collections to subtle rain sounds in the forests of Belgium to underwater foley in a swimming pool in Spain.
Guitar (electric, acoustical)
I used to be pretty good for my age when i was 12 years old. It’s still a handy supplementary skill i benefit from every day,
Languages: Dutch
I am a native Dutch speaker.
Languages: English
I do come with a Dutch accent, but other than that, my English is good, both in speaking and in writing.
Nuendo
Nuendo is my to-go-tool for sound design work.
Jira
I have done one project in Jira. I am still in the learning phases of it, but i have spent days creating custom dashboards already…
Perforce
I know how to use Perforce as an end user.
Arduino / Genuino
I have made several ‘inventions’ with the Arduino boards. I even sold maker-projects through my own webshop for two years.
Follow @ Guerrilla Games
  • 🎨 Aloy by onyrica on Tumblr

#FanArtFriday #HorizonZeroDawn
  • 🎨 Fan Art Friday by Juligan on DeviantArt

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  • Aloy and some of her allies

Art 🎨 by @travismcouch

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  • Aloy and Talanah, ready to take on Redmaw!

Aloy cosplay by @veera.cosplay
Talanah cosplay by @jgmycroft
Photography by @cyrenscosmedia

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  • The detail on this Watcher is amazing! #FanArtFriday #HorizonZeroDawn 🎨 by SilverScythe89 on DeviantArt
  • If you saw our anniversary post on the PlayStation Blog, you might have already spotted this impressive Shield-Weaver cosplay by @keyvei – she even made a Banuk figurine! πŸ“Έ by @nerina_phototography

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  • Choro Choi from our concept art team created this beautiful scene of Aloy and her friends to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay πŸ’œ

You can download it as a theme for your PS4, the link is in our bio
  • Happy International Women's Day from our team at Guerrilla!

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