Skip to main content

Destiny's sound effects come from weird places. Tinfoil, cats &... vegetables?

Spend the weekend productively, did you? Buying from Xur, patrolling the Moon and on strikes in Destiny: The Taken King (opens in new tab)? Yep, me too but I bet you didn't know you were arriving on planets with the sound of vegetables sizzling in your ears. In an interview with Mashable (opens in new tab), Bungie's sound team have revealed some secrets and it's all gloriously Blue Peter.

“The sound of anything transmatting is something I came up with a couple years ago,” says audio director C Paul Johnson. “It's a combination of vegetables sizzling in a skillet and tinfoil. If you take tinfoil and pull it out and crunch it, you get all this cool metallic high end. Then taking that, making a mix of it and running it through, like, doppler plugins so you fake pitch and distance changes on it.”

Plus, you'd think electricity warping would just be, y'know, electricity. Apparently not. A processed version of crushed up Styrofoam is the way forward when it comes to your Warlock's Stormcaller abilities. It also transpires that the sounds of the Vex come from some heavily modified versions of big cat roars. Yup, off you go and see if you can hear it all.

Seen something newsworthy? Tell us! (opens in new tab)

Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.