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Winifred Phillips's Blog   Expert Blogs


Music Connection Magazine hailed Winifred Phillips as a “Superstar of video game music.” Her credits include games in five of the most popular franchises in gaming: Assassin’s Creed, God of War, Total War, LittleBigPlanet and The Sims. Phillips’ music has been featured in trailers for blockbuster movies such as Avengers Endgame and The Jungle Book, as well as television programs such as Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Music from Phillips’ award-winning Assassin’s Creed Liberation score is currently in the repertoire of the Assassin’s Creed Symphony World Tour, which kicked off in June 2019 with its Paris premiere.

Phillips' other video game credits include seven games in the LittleBigPlanet franchise (including Sackboy: A Big Adventure), God of War, Total War Battles: Kingdom, The Da Vinci Code, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Speed Racer, Shrek the Third, SimAnimals, and Spore Hero, among many others.  Among her 18 soundtrack albums is the first videogame soundtrack ever released by WaterTower Music, the film music record label of Warner Bros. Pictures.

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, seven 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.

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." 


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In this article, game composer Winifred Phillips discusses how video game concert tours and other video game music events have coped with Covid-19. Included: links to live-stream performances, free online concerts, and news about upcoming concert dates.

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: 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 :