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Winifred Phillips is an award-winning video game composer. Her latest video game credits include the triple-A first person shooter Homefront: The Revolution, and the virtual reality games Scraper: First Strike, Dragon Front, Bebylon: Battle Royale, and Fail Factory.  Other credits include games in five of the biggest and best franchises in gaming: Assassin's Creed, Total War, God of War, LittleBigPlanet, and The Sims.  As a VR game music expert, she writes frequently for Gamasutra on the future of music in virtual reality video games.

Phillips is the author of the bestselling book, A COMPOSER'S GUIDE TO GAME MUSIC (The MIT Press), which won the Global Music Award Gold Medal for an exceptional book in the field of music, and was described by The Boston Globe as "the first book designed to help experienced musicians brave the transition to the world of game composing." Phillips' popular game music book was also hailed by Sound on Sound magazine as "partly educational and partly inspirational... a great introduction to this specialist art." Music Connection Magazine added that "Phillips' hands-on insights and advice make this one a keeper," and Film Score Monthly praised the book as "a touchstone academic achievement." 

Phillips has received an Interactive Achievement Award / D.I.C.E. Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, three Hollywood Music in Media Awards, six Game Audio Network Guild Awards, five Global Music Awards, an IGN Best Score Award, a GameSpot Best Music Award, a GameZone Score of the Year Award, a GameFocus Award, and three Gracie Awards from the Alliance of Women in Media.

She has released over fifteen albums. Her soundtrack album for the Legend of the Guardians video game was the first video game soundtrack album released by the famous WaterTower Music record label, one of the top labels for film music soundtracks, and the film music record label of Warner Bros. Entertainment. 

She has been profiled in books such as Keeping Score by Tom Hoover, Cash Tracks by Jeffrey P. Fischer, and in Music Connection Magazine, which described her as a "Superstar of video game music."

 

Expert Blogs

On April 6th, composer Winifred Phillips delivered the 1st game music composition lecture ever given at the Library of Congress, as part of their first-ever video game music event. This article includes a partial transcript of the lecture's Q&A session.


Posted by Winifred Phillips on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:08:00 EDT in Audio, Design, Console/PC, VR
Game composer Winifred Phillips shares preparatory research from two of her upcoming lectures: her GDC 2019 talk entitled "How Music Enables Virtual Presence" and her Library of Congress lecture, "The Interface Between Music Composition and Game Design."


Posted by Winifred Phillips on Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:48:00 EST in Audio, Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Game composer Winifred Phillips discusses ways for new game composers to achieve their first professional gig. Article includes advice regarding the preparation of demo reels, strategies for effective networking, and a list of links and resources.


Posted by Winifred Phillips on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:09:00 EST in Audio, VR
Game composer Winifred Phillips presents an annual VR audio resource list for game audio pros. Included: technology and tools, methods and techniques, communities and organizations, and popular VR conferences.


Posted by Winifred Phillips on Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:47:00 EST in Audio, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
Game composer Winifred Phillips presents an annual resource list for game composers. Included: game music concert tours for inspiration, communities and forums for advice, popular software tools, and conferences/academia resources for advanced learning.


Posted by Winifred Phillips on Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:34:00 EST in Audio, VR
Game composer Winifred Phillips looks at developments with VR platforms & their SDKs, focusing on audio issues. Included: Soundfield for AR, Spatial Sound for AR/MR, audio improvements in the Vive & Oculus SDKs, & audio for the new untethered platforms.



Winifred Phillips's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/17/2019 - 10:32]

Thanks very much, Ron Glad ...

Thanks very much, Ron Glad you enjoyed the Q A, and I really appreciate the kind words about my music

Comment In: [Blog - 04/16/2018 - 09:50]

Hey, Mike You make an ...

Hey, Mike You make an interesting point. Like music, silence can be a powerful tool for both composers and sound designers. Last year I wrote an article here on Gamasutra about using silence as a way to enhance suspense: http://gamasutra.com/blogs/WinifredPhillips/20170516/298114/Composing video game music to build suspense part 5 semi silence.php

Comment In: [Blog - 12/11/2017 - 02:58]

Very interesting, Tim We can ...

Very interesting, Tim We can all definitely compensate for any localization issues by cocking and rotating our heads until our brains get used to the aural input that the game is delivering. Comfort and wearability are definitely the first barrier that users will notice right away, so that has to ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/12/2017 - 09:47]

You 're welcome, Pieter Happy ...

You 're welcome, Pieter Happy to help :

Comment In: [Blog - 08/16/2017 - 10:22]

My pleasure, Pieter Thanks very ...

My pleasure, Pieter Thanks very much

Comment In: [Blog - 06/26/2017 - 02:02]

Thanks, Pieter ...

Thanks, Pieter