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Hi everyone! I am the video game composer Winifred Phillips, and it is time once again from our annual collection of the best resources for game audio practitioners! The following article contains an expanded and updated collection of links on a variety of important topics for the game's audio community. We started things with a list of concert tours and annual game music events. After that, we review the online gaming audio communities that we can join for support and assistance. We will take a look at the software applications currently in use by gaming audio professionals. Finally, we will see what is happening in the world of audio conferences and academia.

Are you all ready to go? Let's do it!

Concerts and Tours

If we want to be inspired and energized about our work as game composers, one of the best ways is to see an incredible presentation of game music. So let's learn about the current events and tours of videogame music concerts. There is a lot of variety to choose from, from serious symphonic performances to rock events. Below, I have listed alphabetically the concert tours and events that are currently in progress. I have also included video clips that show performances of past shows.

Assassin & # 39; s Creed Symphony World Tour

Photo taken during the standing ovation at the end of the Montreal performance of Assassin & # 39; s Creed Symphony in 2019, in which composer Winifred Phillips took the stage in connection with his video game music for Assassin & # 39; s Creed Liberation , presented on the world tour of Assassin & # 39; s Creed Symphony.

With its premiere in Paris in June 2019, the Assassin & # 39; s Creed Symphony world tour presents the most popular music selections from the entire Assassin & # 39; s Creed games franchise, including the music of the score that I composed for Assassin & # 39; s Creed Liberation. At the end of the Assassin's Creed Symphony concert that took place last September in Montreal, conductor Ivan Linn called me from the audience to join the orchestra on stage for the big ovation (pictured above). I am honored that my music appears on this great concert tour! Recently, the world tour added four new 2020 concert dates in the United Kingdom, bringing the total number of concerts scheduled to fifteen, with more announcements of promised concert dates. Here is a video of the November 2019 presentation in Berlin, which presented the presentation of my music, "Society Suite in 4 Movements" by Assassin & # 39; s Creed Liberation.

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Bit Gen Gamer Fest

The Bit Gen Gamer Fest organizes a noisy rock and roll party every year to celebrate the soundtracks of the games. It's a game day, hitting the head nerd goodness. The July 2019 edition of Bit Gen Gamer Fest included 17 musical acts that performed video game cover songs at the Ottobar in Baltimore. Here is a video of the complete set of Master Sword during Bit Gen XIII.

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The devil wakes up

An image that accompanies a discussion of the concert tour The Devil Awakens with music from the famous video game franchise Devil May Cry (from the article for video game composers by Winifred Phillips (game music composer).

Game composer Shoto Nakama has been busy lately on the live concert scene! In addition to his previous work as a producer of the Video Game Orchestra tour, he has also lent his name and music to "The Devil Awakens – Official Devil May Cry Concert Tour". Instead of a symphony orchestra, this tour features rock bands that crumble the music of the Devil May Cry franchise, accompanied by images of the game on a giant screen. The tour had its world premiere in March 2019 at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston. The future dates of the tour have not yet been announced, but the tour is coordinated by SOHO Live (the same concert promoter responsible for tours such as Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions and Distant Worlds), so we must be alert for future announcements of dates the tour. Meanwhile, here is more information about the Boston concert.

Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy Music

Now in its thirteenth year, the Distant Worlds: Music of Final Fantasy concert tour continues to play Nobuo Uematsu's music in places around the world. The Philharmonic Orchestra and the Distant Worlds Choir perform under the direction of the Grammy-winning conductor, Arnie Roth. The next date of the tour will take the concert to the Place des Arts in Montreal. Here is a video of his "Battle Medley – Concert Finale" performance during a 2019 presentation in Phoenix.

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Game music festival

This relatively new game concert series had its second annual event in Wroclaw, Poland. The concert took place last October at the National Music Forum in Wroclaw, Poland. The Game Music Festival concert in 2019 featured musical selections from Shadow of the Colossus, Assassin & # 39; s Creed II, Journey and many more. As the video is not yet available for the 2019 presentation, here is a preliminary video produced for the Game Music Festival 2019:

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Game ON!

The game logo on! concert series, from the article of the popular music video game composer Winifred Phillips.

GameON! It is a series of itinerant concerts focused on the music of the great success games of the modern era. Each concert is performed by a different world-renowned local symphony orchestra conducted by the orchestra conductor Andy Brick. The concert tour recently descended to Washington D.C. for a presentation at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra on January 8 (pictured below).

Photo of a recent game on! concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, of ​​the article by video game composer Winifred Phillips.

Upcoming performances include the Oregon Symphony at Arlene Schnitzer Hall in Portland (February 1, 2020) and the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall in Houston (May 21, 2020). More information can be found here.

Joystick with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra

Like the Game Music Festival in Poland, Joystick concerts in Sweden are an annual event, now in its twelfth year of performances by the Malmo Symphony Orchestra. The program for Joystick 12.0 will focus exclusively on Japanese games, with performances by soprano Sabina Zweiacker, along with the host Orvar Säfström. Featured compositions will include music from Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog, among many others. More information can be found here. Here is a music presentation of Metal Gear Solid V, as presented in Joystick 8.0:

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Kingdom Hearts Orchestra Concert Series – World of Tres

Photo of a performance of the World of Tres symphony concert tour, as shown in the article by video game composer Winifred Phillips.

Scheduled to coincide with the launch of Kingdom Hearts III, this series of itinerant concerts presents 22 performances in 17 cities around the world. The program focuses on the beloved music of the Kingdom Hearts series, as well as new selections of Kingdom Hearts III. More information can be found here.


The "Music and Games Festival" (MAGFest) just finished another triumphant event in January 2020 at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, MD. Part of the massive game tournament, part of the music festival, MAGFest is a four-day event like no other. Here is the complete set of the Triforce Quartet in MAGFest 2020:

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A new world: intimate Final Fantasy music

The videogame chamber music concert tour of the Final Fantasy repertoire remains strong, with twelve concert dates currently scheduled for 2020. Instead of the large-scale orchestras and choirs that we expect, A New World: Intimate Music Final Fantasy uses small camera sets and special arrangements designed for them. These concerts have taken place in small halls and university recitals, and the most updated tour schedule can be found here. Here is a presentation of "One Winged Angel" from Final Fantasy VII that took place in Los Angeles in February 2019.

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Videogames in Symphony

In this article for video game composers, Winifred Phillips talks about Video Games in Symphony concerts.

The Aalborg Symphony Orchestra presents an annual concert dedicated to the music of video games. Directed by the preeminent video game orchestra director Eimear Noone, the Video Games in Symphony concert series held its second annual performance on September 26, 2019 with a concert featuring music from games such as World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Kingdom Hearts, Skyrim and many more. plus. You can find more information about the concert series here. Below is a video that highlights the work of the conductor Eimear Noone:

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Live video games

Last but not least, we arrived at Video Games Live. Since 2005, Video Games Live has given hundreds of performances worldwide. The concerts currently scheduled for 2020 include February 28 in Jacksonville Florida and May 15 in Tacoma Washington. Here is a clip of Video Games Live performing music by Skyrim during an April 2019 concert in El Paso, with the help of the Franklin High School Choir:

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Communities / Discussion Forums

Image illustrating the concept of online communities and discussion forums, from the article by Winifred Phillips (popular music composer for video games).

The breadth and reach of the global gaming audio community continues to grow every year, which means it can be difficult to keep up with the diversity and size of our community. Fortunately, the Internet provides us with all the tools we need to reach and develop local communities for inspiration, advice and support. First, I have put together a list of community groups sorted alphabetically and organized by continent (they are also available through this Google map). Following the list of community groups specific to the location, I have added a list of gaming audio communities and general bulletin boards.

Game audio groups – Americas

An image that isolates the Asian continent, as used to illustrate the list of Asian gaming audio communities (in the article by the popular video game composer Winifred Phillips)Game audio groups – Asia

Game music composer Winifred Phillips analyzes professional gaming audio communities located in Europe (in an article that presents online resources for the gaming audio community).Game audio groups – Europe

South Africa Game Audio Facebook

Australia / New Zealand Game audio Facebook

Communities and general audio forums for games

An image that illustrates the forums and communities available to gaming audio professionals (from the article written by the popular video game music composer Winifred Phillips).

Software tools

A representation of a generic software application, used as an illustration of a list of software available for gaming audio professionals (from the article written by Winifred Phillips, award-winning video game composer).

Software tools for the development and implementation of game audio have undergone some interesting transitions lately, since virtual reality has increased the demand for binaural soundscapes and a truly three-dimensional sound.

Along with the usual middleware suspects, I have listed some additional sound tools designed to help people play game audio for binaural and ambitious projects (such as those intended for virtual reality platforms).

Along with these tools there are some software applications designed with video game composers in mind. These include Wwise, FMOD, Nuendo and Elias.

Game Music Conferences and Academy

An image header for a list of conferences and academic resources for gaming audio professionals, of the article written by the game music composer Winifred Phillips.

When we are in the mood to expand our minds and think about our discipline in a new way, there are many academic organizations and conferences ready to offer us some inspiration and enlightenment! First, we will review a list of academic and academic groups full of expert knowledge about the history and practice of music creation for video games. After that, we will see a list of annual conferences that focus on the creation of audio and music. Most of the list consists of conferences dedicated exclusively to the videogame industry, but one of the conferences (Music and moving image) offers a more general "music for media" event that includes videogames in its offered content.




So that's the collection of links this year! Each year, the lists grow and change, and it is always interesting to see how the game's audio field is transformed from year to year. We hope we all have a fantastic holiday season and that we jump to 2020 with renewed enthusiasm for our work as game composers!

The popular game music composer Winifred Phillips works in her music production studio.The popular music of the award-winning Assassin & # 39; s Creed Liberation by composer Winifred Phillips is currently performed live by an 80-piece orchestra and choir as part of the Assassin & # 39; s Creed Symphony World Tour, which began in 2019 with his Premiere in Paris. As a successful video game composer, Phillips is best known for composing game music in five of the most famous and popular gaming franchises: Assassin's Creed, God of War, Total War, The Sims and LittleBigPlanet. Other notable Phillips projects include music for the first-person shooter Homefront: The Revolution (Deep Silver) and numerous virtual reality games from such accomplished developers as Supermassive Games, High Voltage Software and Armature Studio. She is the author of the award-winning sales success COMPOSER GUIDE FOR GAME MUSIC, published by MIT Press. As the leading music authority for interactive entertainment, Winifred Phillips has lectured at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Game Developers Conference, the Audio Engineering Society, and many more. Enthusiastic Phillips fans filled her with questions during a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything session that went viral, reached the Reddit homepage, received 14.9 thousand votes in favor and became one of the most popular AMA games that have been submitted on Reddit.

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