Who doesn’t know Kelly Bailey by now?
He did all of the sound design for Half-Life 1, music and game sounds alike. Same for Half-Life 2, Episode One and Episode Two. His face was even used for a CG model of Gordon Freeman himself.
We don’t know if he did sound design for Alien Swarm, Portal, Portal 2, TF2, L4D or L4D2, but he did part of the soundtrack for Portal alongside Mike Morasky.
Sadly, it would appear that he has left Valve.
Kelly previously had his own entry in the People section on Valve’s website, but eagle-eyed observers over on the Steam Forums have noticed that his entry appears to have mysteriously vanished.
Flamov, host of Steamcast and one of our good buddies, asked one of Valve’s employees, and got this:
1:58 PM – Flamov: http://www.valvesoftware.com/company/people.html
1:58 PM – Flamov: Is it me or is Kelly Bailey now gone from this page?
1:59 PM – Flamov:
1:59 PM – mike: He left a while ago
I hope you have your handkerchiefs ready, everyone.
Kelly appears to have left some time during the latter half of 2010. We tried contacting Valve for more details, but we have not yet received any response.
It’s a massive shame. Kelly’s music was simply amazing, and it’s hard to imagine Half-Life without his signature electro-industrial sound.
It would appear that Mike Morasky (composer for DoD:S, L4D, L4D2, TF2, and part of Portal’s soundtrack) will be his successor. His work on Portal was great (he is probably working on Portal 2 as well, especially since Bailey’s departure), and we can only hope that his work on the next Half-Life will be just as good.
We’d also love to give a shoutout to RipTen for covering this subject, thus helping more people find out, and giving us a small mention in the article! Thanks, guys.
All we can do now is look back at the good old times: