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For Video Games!

zw buckley

Composer and Sound Designer

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I love writing everything from orchestral to electronic. But, my specialty? Bringing modern musical styles into classic video game contexts in surprising combinations. My motto? You can get away with anything if there's a good melody on top of it.

Sound Design

Beautiful sound matters just as much as beautiful music. In that regard, I approach it the very same way: how can the sound build the world up while letting the player know all the relevant information they need? Plus, like making big monster sounds and explosions is hella cool.

Audio Post Production

While video games are my main bag, I'm comfortable with all aspects of audio post-production. I completed this project while working on Michigan Ave in Chicago. I recorded and edited the dialogue, created the sound design, edited the music, and mixed.



About me

I'm a composer and sound designer based out of Seattle, Washington. Born and raised in the Midwest, I've loved all things audio from an early age. I got my start as a choral singer and began composing for the many local bands I played in as a teenager (classic, I know).

Since then, I've done a stint on Michigan Avenue with ARU Chicago, doing post-production audio for brands like Wendy's and Telltale Games.


Currently, I'm working with Miami-based developer Machine Elf Studios on their upcoming action RPG, Laxidaze.


I hold an M.S. in Creative Technologies from Illinois State University where I researched music-led virtual realities and published papers with IEEE and EVA London.

Listen to what my friends have to say about me!


If you want your game's soundtrack to be catchy and fit the mood of your project perfectly, and you want sound design that transports players into your game world, I recommend Zach for your dev team. He's a pleasure to work with and an extremely talented composer.

—  Geoffrey Golden, Writer. Square Enix, Ubisoft, and Lionsgate.


I'm very online btw.

I'm so excited to hear from you!

I'm excited that you're here checking out my work and I'm even more excited that you're considering including me in yours. It's an honor! Let's chat and see if I'm a good fit for your project.



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