Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper

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November 12th 2019: Rune 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2000 classic Viking hack-and-slash, has now been released by developers Human Head Studios. This is a non-contextual selection from my performance as the wounded Norse God Heimdall, who resurrects the player-character to fulfill a destiny that he was cruelly denied.

Conceptual art is by Jason Kang, Vance Kovacs and Randis Albion. Music for the game by Dean Valentine. All works are the intellectual property of Human Head Studios.

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk
https://www.rune2.com
http://deanvalentine.net
https://www.artstation.com/artwork/qz6We
https://www.artstation.com/americanbean
https://www.artstation.com/randis

All trailers and gameplay footage from the twin-stick shooter Solstice Chronicles: MIA by Ironward, in which I play the unnamed marine protagonist. This footage contains spoilers (demarcated at 7:32). Fran McClellan plays my drone partner Saffron. Background flame particle effect courtesy of Channel Art Background (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpCV7SUJuOr9OMSaUIc4lag).

LINKS:
https://ryjoco.co.uk
https://store.steampowered.com/app/528160/Solstice_Chronicles_MIA
https://fmvoiceovers.com

Testimonials:
"The gameplay hasn’t changed dramatically, but now, there are cutscenes that introduce your character, as well as some exceptional art and voice acting." -ESports Edition
"The voice acting is also surprisingly good, with the grunt sounding as gruff as you would expect while Saffron has a lot of personality for a drone." -Game Ramble
"Surprisingly, the developers have already managed to include some great voice acting which is a positive sign." -Keen Gamer

The first segment of Chapter 1 from the remastered Brigador Audiobook, followed by the "Up-Armored Edition" trailer which I also narrated for:

"Writing from expert insight as a career soldier, author Brad Buckmaster weaves an unforgettable tale of military science fiction/action storytelling. A dark future companion novel to Brigador, the isometric mech action game, that conjures that brutal world from the street level. A must for fans of hard military science fiction."

The game and audiobook are available at https://stellarjockeys.com

LINKS:
https://ryjoco.co.uk
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bradley-Buckmaster/e/B00HAAHYF2
https://www.makeupandvanityset.com

November 12th 2019: Rune 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2000 classic Viking hack-and-slash, has now been released by developers Human Head Studios. This is a non-contextual selection from my performance as the mighty Thor (currently laid low with the worst case of IBS imaginable).

Conceptual art is by Jason Kang, Vance Kovacs and Randis Albion. All works are the intellectual property of Human Head Studios.

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk
https://www.rune2.com
https://www.artstation.com/artwork/qz6We
https://www.artstation.com/americanbean
https://www.artstation.com/randis

A selection from my role as the Orc thief Yak-gro Skandar in “The Elder Scrolls Renewal: Skywind” project. The tracks "Queen of the Night Sky (featuring Marie Nilsson)", and "In Cold Blood" are courtesy of Fredrik Jonasson and form part of Skywind's OST.

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk
https://tesrskywind.com/
http://fredrikjonasson.net/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEJyykcEqJgJFOsghJDX6Yg
https://jonassonfredrik.bandcamp.com/album/skywind-ost-fredrik-jonasson
https://soundcloud.com/marie-nilsson-lannero
https://soundcloud.com/fredrik-jonasson/skywind-queen-of-the-night-sky
https://soundcloud.com/fredrik-jonasson/skywind-official-sountrack-in-cold-blood

IMAGES:
[1] Telvanni Architecture at Night by Meliorn (no source available)
[2] Ascadian Isles Landscaping by Praefect: https://imgur.com/r/Morrowind/AaINJ
[3] Ashlands Landscaping by Meliorn (no source available)
[4] Tel Branora Alchemy shop by SquallyDaBeanz: https://imgur.com/a/tNclf3Z
[5] Balmora Market by kmallon12: https://imgur.com/a/wawUjCa
[6] Azura's Coast by Eloth (no source available)
[7] Odrosal by Herr Eldrad (no source available)

Weapon sound effects provided by the Immersive Sounds (weaponry) mod: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/45314/

The Orc voice is performed in what I call my "morning voice", the main cultural influence is Commander Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but deeper still and less articulate.

DISCLAIMER: I do not seek and will not accept remuneration for this video, which has been created for entertainment / educational purposes only. All content copyright of Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Premier League and the FA; the background track is "Hi Ho Silver Lining" by Jeff Beck ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzsvWbgMaUA ). Commentary provided by Mikey Burrows ( https://twitter.com/BurrowsMikey ), with additional commentary by Andy Thompson.

My top 10 Wolves goals of a remarkable maiden Premier League season, in which the Wanderers proved themselves “best of the rest”, qualified for Europe for the first time in 39 years, and reached a first FA Cup Semi-Final in over two decades.

Honourable mentions: Diogo Jota (2nd goal, Leicester, H), Ivan Cavaleiro (Southampton, H), Raúl Jiménez (Tottenham, A), Adama Traoré (West Ham, A).

My short role as the taciturn and dispassionate hulk, Brother Sorrow, in the Rhalâta side quest for Enderal: Forgotten Stories. Contains spoilers of the finale.

https://enderal.com/

Actors:
Tharaêl- Gabriel Wolf ( http://www.gabrielwolf.com )
The Father: Lani Minella ( http://laniminella.com )
Scion: Glen Cooper ( http://gmcooperva.co.uk )

My contribution to the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim mod "Enderal: Shards of Order" as Innkeeper Ulfur Featherdance and the underground male Watchdogs.

A selection from my roles as various Ashlander Dunmer NPCs in “The Elder Scrolls Renewal: Skywind” project. The marvellous background tracks "Fear Not, For I am Watchful", "Dance of Death" and "Merciful and Benevolent (featuring Sharm)" are courtesy of Fredrik Jonasson and form part of Skywind's OST.

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk
https://tesrenewal.com/skywind-faq
http://fredrikjonasson.net/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEJyykcEqJgJFOsghJDX6Yg
https://jonassonfredrik.bandcamp.com/album/skywind-ost-fredrik-jonasson
https://soundcloud.com/fredrik-jonasson/fear-not-for-i-am-watchful
https://soundcloud.com/fredrik-jonasson/skywind-dance-of-death
https://soundcloud.com/fredrik-jonasson/skywind-official-soundtrack-merciful-and-benevolent-feat-sharm

IMAGES:
[1] Erabenimsun Camp by Micah Ghost: https://twitter.com/tesrskywind/status/732957334650130432
[2] Skyrim Special Edition Landscaping by Micah Ghost: https://twitter.com/TESRSkywind/status/790951176334221317
[3] Red Mountain Ash Plume by Crestycomb: https://www.reddit.com/r/skywind/comments/8l1i84/red_mountain_ash_plume_by_crestycomb/
[4] Unknown Sadrith Mora concept art
[5] Ashlander Chitin Armour by Ravanna: https://www.reddit.com/r/skywind/comments/5hwlnd/ashland_chitin_armor_by_ravanna/
[6] Lake Nabia and Marandus Concept by MBanshee: https://www.deviantart.com/mbanshee/art/Skywind-Lake-Nabia-and-Marandus-556602861
[7] Guar and Mudcrab soft toys by Joseph Lopatta: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/12KQq
[8] Steel Armour by Smartinus: https://www.reddit.com/r/skywind/comments/5hdgpa/dunmer_steel_armor_by_smartinus_and_ravanna/
[9] Ashlands concept by Mbanshee: https://www.deviantart.com/mbanshee/art/Morrowind-2-554291949
[10] Seyda Neen Weathers by Crestycomb: https://twitter.com/TESRSkywind/status/981204983310946305
[11] Daedric ruin WIP by Rovan3011: https://twitter.com/TESRSkywind/status/773565020089290752

Weapon sound effects provided by the Immersive Sounds (weaponry) mod: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/45314/

To create a clear distinction between the Ashlanders and settled Dunmer of my previous video, I localised the rasp to the throat only. My Dunmer rasp is driven from the diaphragm, through the throat and out to create a strong breathy rasp. The Ashlander sounds rather sickly by comparison, as though inhaling the ashen air surrounding Red Mountain for so long has damaged the vocal chords.

As Imperial English is not the first language of the Ashlanders, their cadence is choppy, with the rhythm of sentences coming across as erratic and broken. The accent is vaguely Eastern European (this is common among the other Ashlander actors). On occasion, the tongue clicks audibly. I normally would remove these, but they seem to work well for Ashlanders. Not only does it allude to a dry mouth, it is also evocative of the click consonants one might hear in certain African cultures.

September 27th 2017: Homenet Games have released PROJECT CHARON: SPACE FIGHTER, a space dogfight shooter available on the Occulus store and Google Play (with plans to release on PC and smartphones at a later time).

I play the ominously dubbed Captain Skullcut, who aids the player-character in his mission to expose the unethical OrCop corporation.

"Get into the cockpit of experimental starfighter EX-23 in the best-looking VR space shooter available on mobile devices. This is Project Charon: Space Fighter VR.

Complete thrilling, diversified missions standing up against drones, enemy fighters, bombers, giant frigates, and destroyers. To defeat the most powerful foes, you will have to upgrade your ship until it becomes the ultimate killing machine.

Together with CAIA, your onboard AI companion, uncover the truth behind the terrifying experiments conducted by OrCop corporation and gather allies to face the ruthless enemy."

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk/
https://www.homenetgames.com/project-charon-space-fighter-vr/

A non-contextual selection from my role as the bloodthirsty Viking warrior Truvor in the RTS game "Ancestors Legacy" by Destructive Creations. The music for the game is provided by Adam Skorupa and Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz.

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk
https://destructivecreations.pl
http://www.musicimaginary.com

GAMEPLAY VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSzEEneHt-M

August 15th 2017: THE SOULKEEPER VR, a virtual reality RPG from developers Helm Systems, is out now on STEAM EARLY ACCESS. In this video, I play the unnamed Bethandrian grave digger- whose motives are unclear to the protagonist. Is he friend or foe? Crazy, or simply an amoral opportunist?

"Experience the immersive world of Gerindak, as you play through the intertwining stories of various characters. Start off as Isoropos, a warrior monk of the the Lavordians, an ancient monastic order, as you embark on a dangerous quest to investigate rumors surrounding their most hated rivals. Engage in combat wielding your sword, casting ferocious spells, utilizing your staff, or shooting arrows, all the while treading on a treacherous path brimming with daunting enemies, towering beasts and deadly traps."

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk/
http://store.steampowered.com/app/442660/The_SoulKeeper_VR/
http://helm-systems.com/projects/the-soulkeeper-vr

August 15th 2017: THE SOULKEEPER VR, a virtual reality RPG from developers Helm Systems, is out now on STEAM EARLY ACCESS. In the video, I play Dokastos- the cranky old drillmaster to the game's protagonist.

Experience the immersive world of Gerindak, as you play through the intertwining stories of various characters. Start off as Isoropos, a warrior monk of the the Lavordians, an ancient monastic order, as you embark on a dangerous quest to investigate rumors surrounding their most hated rivals. Engage in combat wielding your sword, casting ferocious spells, utilizing your staff, or shooting arrows, all the while treading on a treacherous path brimming with daunting enemies, towering beasts and deadly traps.

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk/
http://store.steampowered.com/app/442660/The_SoulKeeper_VR/
http://helm-systems.com/projects/the-soulkeeper-vr

A selection from my audition for the wicked Ash Vampire, Dagoth Endus, in “The Elder Scrolls Renewal: Skywind” project. The backing tracks "The Deep Folk" and "Confrontation" are courtesy of Fredrik Jonasson and form part of Skywind's OST.

Please note I am NOT voicing the main antagonist Dagoth Ur for this audition, but Dagoth Endus, ( http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Dagoth_Endus ), one of his brothers and lieutenants.

Inspirations:
I saw the parallel between the Sixth House and the bottle of brandy, which served as a starting point for my character. Endus should be menacing and savage, but also a man of taste and tradition. Alongside the Anne Rice interpretation of vampires, my main inspiration for the character was the Wishmaster, a cult 90s horror icon with a similarly smooth but creepy manner ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I9cG9SVE9I ).

Pronounciation:
The whole "Dah-Goth / Day-Goth" thing is pretty funny, really. I'm surprised it caused a minor furore. The pronunciation key for Skywind has the "Da" in "Dagoth" as in "father". Only, as an Englishman, "Father" has a soft pronunciation (as you can hear in this video). The American "father" is harder, and I believe was the intended pronunciation. The retakes in the final game will sound more like "Dagger", which ironically is naturally how I would have said Dagoth anyway, had I not misread the pronunciation key!
While the Skywind devs are being largely faithful to the original, they have expanded on or altered certain aspects to add depth to a pretty sparse game by today's standards. I'm a fan of races having their own pronunciations (and perhaps, mispronunciations) of certain words. The Dunmer in Skywind pronounce it "Dah-gauth Oor" with a lightly rolled R, giving it an ominous, tribal quality. They also compartmentalise their diphthongs. The word "Shein" is pronounced "Shey-in" rather than "Shine". See this pronunciation guide for more: ( https://tesrenewal.com/forums/voice-acting/pronunciations )

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk
http://tesrenewal.com/skywind-faq
http://fredrikjonasson.net/
https://soundcloud.com/fredrik-jonasson/skywind-official-soundtrack-the-deep-folk
https://soundcloud.com/fredrik-jonasson/skywind-official-soundtrack-confrontation

IMAGES:
[1, 3] Ash Vampire by Aeryn James Davies: https://ravanna7.deviantart.com/
[2] Dunirai Cavern by Oppenheimer: https://tesrenewal.com/comment/82700#comment-82700
[4] Akulakhan concept by Swietopelk: https://swietopelk.deviantart.com/art/Akulakhan-447618970
[5, 7] Ash Ghoul cosplay by Isugi: https://isugi.deviantart.com/
[6] Red Mountain concept by Thornspine: https://thornspine.deviantart.com/art/Morrowind-Red-Mountain-486142377

Weapon sound effects provided by the Immersive Sounds (weaponry) mod: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/45314/

July 26th 2017: SOLSTICE CHRONICLES: M.I.A, a tactical twin-stick shooter, is now available on the Steam platform. Developers Ironward return to The Red Solstice universe with an 18-mission story campaign, survival mode, and more. I star as the nameless, hapless Corporation Marine trapped on an infected Martian colony, aided by an Insurgent AI drone (Fran McClellan).

"There are now cutscenes that introduce your character, as well as some exceptional art and voice acting." -Esports Edition
"Surprisingly, the developers have already managed to include some great voice acting." -Keen Gamer
"Surprisingly good voice acting." -Game Ramble

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk
http://store.steampowered.com/app/528160/Solstice_Chronicles_MIA/
http://www.solsticechronicles.com/
http://www.ironward.com/
https://fmvoiceovers.com/

December 3rd 2014: Developers POSTMOD SOFTWORKS have released The Old City: Leviathan on STEAM. The game eschews traditional combat and puzzle-based game mechanics in favour of narrative and exploration. I play the protagonist Jonah, an isolationist of dubious sanity who roams the substructure of a decaying, war-ravaged city, while continuing his epic philosophical debate with the entity he calls "Leviathan".

Links:
http://ryjoco.co.uk
http://store.steampowered.com/app/297350
http://postmodsoftworks.com

Media Testimonials:
"The lone voice actor does fine work, carrying the game emotionally and sounding convincingly detached from reality." -Adventure Gamers
"Quality voice acting and a haunting soundtrack that matches the melancholic atmosphere of the game." -Game Ramble
"The sound and voice acting are phenomenal." -Metal Arcade
"Leviathan is another title in the growing walking simulator genre that combines beautiful graphics and great voice over work into a readily playable title." -The Refined Geek

January 24th 2017: DRUID GAMEWORKS have released their début game, Witanlore: Dreamtime, on STEAM EARLY ACCESS, where it will remain for approximately 6-8 months. This means the developers will use funds raised in that time to perfect the game prior to its full release. Witanlore is an adventure RPG set in the fantasy world of Arthanswold, featuring an anthropomorphic bear race called the Ursine (refer to the cinematic prologue in the playlist below for more story details). I play the role of Kit'ke, a veteran Ursa warrior who is uncle, mentor and trainer to the player-character.

Links:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/554570
http://www.druidgameworks.com

A selection from my role as the Imperial General Darius in “The Elder Scrolls Renewal: Skywind” project. Once more, the backing track "Wayfarer" is courtesy of Fredrik Jonasson and forms part of Skywind's OST.

Link to WIP Skywind video:
https://youtu.be/GCvStBEg_5Q?t=1h46m50s

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk
http://tesrenewal.com/skywind-faq
http://fredrikjonasson.net/
https://soundcloud.com/fredrik-jonasson/wayfarer

A selection from my roles as various Dunmer NPCs in “The Elder Scrolls Renewal: Skywind” project. The excellent background tracks "Floating City of Vivec" and "Ash and Fire" are courtesy of Fredrik Jonasson and form part of Skywind's OST.

LINKS:
http://ryjoco.co.uk
http://tesrenewal.com/skywind-faq
http://fredrikjonasson.net/
http://soundcloud.com/fredrik-jonasson/skywind-vivec-city
http://soundcloud.com/fredrik-jonasson/skywind-official-soundtrack-ash-and-fire

Weapon sound effects provided by the Immersive Sounds (weaponry) mod: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/45314/

The folks at IMGN.pro and FOOL'S THEORY, the creative minds behind the upcoming isometric RPG game SEVEN, asked me to narrate a series of podcasts that provide some of the game's backstory. There is some considerable talent working on Seven, including former members of CD Projeckt Red (The Witcher series), and the game will be scored by Marcin Przybyłowicz, the man who oversaw The Witcher 3's rousing soundtrack.

Links:
http://ryjoco.co.uk
https://soundcloud.com/seven-698236527
http://seven-game.com/en/
http://www.imgn.pro/
http://www.foolstheory.com/

June 2nd 2017:

To mark its first anniversary, BRIGADOR, the highly-rated twin-stick shooter with a rich synth soundtrack, has been given a lick of paint with the Up-Armored Edition. Developer Stellar Jockeys have added new levels, missions, vehicles and other content, so feel free to check it out.
The audiobook, for which I narrated at the time of release, is available in the links below- describing the struggle of a group of marooned soldiers entrenched behind enemy lines, and their attempt to return to safety. I would also recommend you check out the game's quite excellent soundtrack by Makeup and Vanity Set.

Links:
http://ryjoco.co.uk

Audiobook-
http://store.steampowered.com/app/468280/
http://www.pcgamer.com/brigador-is-releasing-in-june-with-an-unusual-extra/

Brigador-
http://store.steampowered.com/app/274500/
http://stellarjockeys.com/
https://makeupandvanityset.bandcamp.com/

A conversation between protagonist Thomas Farrell and Great War veteran Nikolay Petrov, characters from the adventure game "Hidden: On the Trail of the Ancients" by Lost Spell, both played by myself.

Hidden, available now on Steam, is a first-person point-and-click game with Lovecraftian horror overtones, and focuses on a young archaeologist following a lead that could reveal the existence of a primeval ruling race that predates mankind.

http://ryjoco.co.uk
http://store.steampowered.com/app/352580/
http://www.lostspell.com/

My role as the Orc bandit-turned-farmer, Ogdul, in Kris Takahashi's INTERESTING NPCs mod for the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

http://3dnpc.com/

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UK-based non-union voice actor.

ryjoco.co.uk