Winifred Phillips

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Winifred Phillips
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Background information
Genres Video game
Occupation(s) Composer
Labels Sumthing Else
WaterTower Music
E.A.R.S. EA Recordings
Website www.winifredphillips.com

Winifred Phillips is an American music composer and author. Music Connection Magazine described her as being a "Superstar of video game music".[1] She has won numerous awards, amongst which are three Hollywood Music in Media Awards and five Game Audio Network Guild Awards, including Music of the Year. Her latest project is the video game LittleBigPlanet 3.[2] Phillips' music for this project has earned a Hollywood Music in Media Award in the category of "Best Song in a Video Game."[3] Phillips works with award-winning music producer Winnie Waldron.[4]

Career[edit]

Video games[edit]

In 2004, Phillips contributed music to her first video game project, God of War. The music of God of War received five Game Audio Network Guild Awards, including Music of the Year.[5] She quickly followed this debut with musical scores for the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory[6] and The Da Vinci Code[7] games, published by 2K Games. After this, Phillips composed the music for the Shrek the Third[8] video game for Activision.

Phillips' music for the Speed Racer[9] game for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment was named a finalist in the Hollywood Music Awards.[10] After creating the music for The Maw XBLA game for Twisted Pixel Games,[11] Phillips went on to create the music for two projects for the Maxis division of Electronic Arts: Spore Hero,[12] and SimAnimals.[13] Her music for Spore Hero was a finalist for The International Film Music Critics Award[14] and the Hollywood Music in Media Award.[15]

Phillips won a Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2010 for her music for the Legend of the Guardians[16] video game, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Her music for Legend of the Guardians was also a finalist for The International Film Music Critics Award.[17]

Phillips wrote the music for the Assassin's Creed III: Liberation[18] video game, published by Ubisoft. The soundtrack album of Assassin's Creed III: Liberation was released by Ubisoft Music on October 30, 2012.[19] Together with music producer Winnie Waldron, Winifred Phillips won several awards for her work on this project. For the music composition of the Assassin's Creed III Liberation video game, Phillips won a Global Music Award for musical excellence.[20] Winifred Phillips and Winnie Waldron won a 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Award[21] and a GameFocus Award[22] for the music score for Assassin's Creed III: Liberation. The main theme music of the Assassin's Creed III: Liberation video game won a G.A.N.G. Award from the Game Audio Network Guild in the category of "Best Original Vocal Song - Choral."'[23] The music of Assassin's Creed III Liberation also received nominations in several year-end award competitions, including the GameZone Awards,[24] the Best of IGN Awards,[25] and the G4TV X-Play Best of 2012 Awards.[26]

In 2011, Phillips began creating music for the LittleBigPlanet video game franchise for Media Molecule / Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. To date, she has created music for LittleBigPlanet 2,[27] LittleBigPlanet 2: Cross Controller,[28] LittleBigPlanet 2: Toy Story (DLC),[29] LittleBigPlanet Karting,[30] LittleBigPlanet PS Vita[31] and LittleBigPlanet 3.[2]

On November 4th 2014, one of Phillips' tracks for the LittleBigPlanet 3 game, entitled "LittleBigPlanet 3 Ziggurat Theme," won a Hollywood Music in Media Award in the category of "Best Song for a Video Game."[3] LittleBigPlanet 2 was a 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards finalist in the category of "Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition".[32] LittleBigPlanet 2 was also a 2011 Game Developers Choice Awards finalist in the category of "Best Audio", which recognizes the overall excellence of audio in a game - including musical composition, orchestration, sound design, sound effects, etc.[33] The 10th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards nominated the original music track "Victoria's Lab" from LittleBigPlanet 2 in the category of "Best Original Vocal - Pop".[34] Kotaku named the score of LittleBigPlanet 2 as one of the best video game soundtracks of the year. In the article "The Best Game Music of 2011: LittleBigPlanet 2", Features Editor Kirk Hamilton praised both the collection of licensed tracks and the original score, singling out the music of composer Winifred Phillips (and particularly her track "Victoria's Lab") as his favorite original music of the game.[35]

In the credits of the videogame Borderlands, Phillips is credited along with her music producer Winnie Waldron under the Audio Special Thanks section.[36]

Albums[edit]

Phillips' music has been released in several commercial soundtracks. The soundtrack album for the Assassin's Creed III: Liberation video game was released by Ubisoft Music on the same day as the release of the Assassin's Creed III: Liberation video game, October 30, 2012.[37]

On October 26, 2010, the Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole video game soundtrack album was released by WaterTower Music, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.[16] The second track on the album, "With Hearts Sublime", is a winner of a 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Award in the category "Best Original Song - Video Game".[38]

On January 13, 2009, the SimAnimals soundtrack album was released in digital download form by E.A.R.S. EA Recordings.

The soundtrack album of the videogame Spore Hero was released by E.A.R.S. EA Recordings on October 6, 2009.[39]

In 2007, Phillips worked with her music producer Winnie Waldron to create a cover version of the theme song from the Super Mario Bros. video game for the compilation CD entitled Best of the Best: A Tribute to Game Music, Volume I, initially released by GameMusicCentral,[40] and now distributed by the Sumthing Else Music Works record label.[41]

In 2012, Associated Production Music released three albums featuring Phillips' music: "Dark Times", "Magical Realms" and "Investigation and Pursuit".[42]

The Directors Cuts label of Extreme Music has released seven albums featuring Phillips' music, including "Epic Themes 3" and "Christmas Fantasy".[43]

Phillips' music was featured in 2014 on the "Ultimate Trailers" album released by the West One Music Group.[44]

Literature[edit]

A Composer's Guide to Game Music, published by the MIT Press.

Phillips is the author of the book A Composer’s Guide to Game Music, which was published by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (The MIT Press) in March of 2014.[45] The book was described by The Boston Globe as “the first book designed to help experienced musicians brave the transition to the world of game composing.”[46] Phillips wrote the book to direct attention to the music discipline within the field of professional game development. “I wanted to write a book that focused exclusively on the music in games, and I wanted the book to divide its attention equally between the technical and artistic sides of the profession.”[47]

In describing Phillips' book, composer Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, Narnia, Kingdom of Heaven) said, “Phillips’ passion and understanding of this medium comes to life on the page and is a direct result of her vast experience and accomplishment in composing for video games. This is not just compulsory bedside reading for budding games composers, but a fine achievement in itself."[48]

A Composer’s Guide to Game Music was very well received by critics. In an article for The Film Music Society, Jon Burlingame, the nation's leading journalist on the music of film and television,[49] called the book a "beautifully organized, intelligently written book about music for games," adding that "gamers as well as composers may be fascinated by her thorough analysis of what music works, and why, in various game genres," and that "the challenges unique to game composers are discussed at length."[50] Sound on Sound Magazine called the book “a great introduction to this specialist art,”[51] and Music Connection Magazine said, “Already an acclaimed book, Phillips' hands-on insights and advice make this one a keeper.”[52] Retro Videogame Magazine added that “you won’t find a more comprehensive guide,”[53] and Film Score Monthly praised the book as “a touchstone academic achievement.”[54]

As a fantasy author, Phillips has written short stories that have been published in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine,[55] and in the Sword and Sorceress XX anthology.[56]

Radio[edit]

See also: Radio Tales

From 1992 to 2003, Phillips was the composer, producer and actress in a series of radio dramas, first presented on National Public Radio Playhouse under the title Generations Radio Theater Presents,[57] and then later as Generations Radio Theater Presents: Radio Tales.[58] This anthology series adapted classic works of American and world literature, and was a recipient of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.[59] The series was described by National Public Radio as "featuring a top-to-bottom music score that is completely original and fully integrated to the text".[60] The programs air regularly as the Radio Tales series on the Sirius XM Book Radio channel of Sirius XM Satellite Radio.[61]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Hollywood Music in Media Award 2014: LittleBigPlanet 3[3]
  • Global Music Award 2013: Assassin's Creed III: Liberation[20]
  • Hollywood Music in Media Award 2012: Assassin's Creed III: Liberation[21]
  • Game Audio Network Guild Award 2012: Best Original Vocal Song - Choral (Assassin's Creed III: Liberation)[23]
  • GameFocus Award: Best Music - Assassin's Creed III: Liberation[22]
  • G4TV X-Play's Best of 2012 Award: Best Soundtrack - Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (Nomination)[26]
  • GameZone Awards: Best Original Soundtrack - Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (Nomination)[24]
  • Best of IGN Awards: Best PS Vita Sound - Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (Nomination)[25]
  • 10th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards: Best Original Vocal - Pop: "Victoria's Lab" from LittleBigPlanet 2 (Finalist)[34]
  • 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Award: Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition - LittleBigPlanet 2 (Finalist)[32]
  • Game Developers Choice Award 2011: Best Audio - LittleBigPlanet 2 (Finalist)[33]
  • Hollywood Music in Media Award 2010: Best Original Song: Video Game - "With Hearts Sublime" (Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole)[38]
  • International Film Music Critics Association Awards 2009: Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media - Spore Hero (Nomination)[62]
  • Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2009: Original Score: Video Game - Spore Hero (Nomination)[15]
  • Movie Music U.K. Music Awards 2009: Best Score: Game - Spore Hero (Honorable Mention)[63]
  • Hollywood Music Awards 2008: Original Score: Video Game - Speed Racer: The Videogame (Nomination)[10]
  • Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Interactive Achievement Award: Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition (God of War)[64]
  • Game Audio Network Guild Award 2005: Music of the Year (God of War)[65]
  • Game Audio Network Guild Award 2005: Best Interactive Score (God of War)[65]
  • Game Audio Network Guild Award 2005: Best Cinematic / Cut-Scene Audio (God of War)[65]
  • Game Audio Network Guild Award 2005: Audio of the Year (God of War)[65]
  • GameSpot's Best of 2005: Best Original Music (God of War)[66]
  • PAX Gamers: Game of the Year Awards 2005: Best Sound (God of War)[67]
  • IGN PS2 Best Original Score (God of War)[68]
  • GameZone 2005 Game of the Year Awards: Best Original Score (God of War)[69]
  • American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award 2004: Best National Network Drama (Radio Tales)[70]
  • American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award 2003: Best National Network Drama (Radio Tales)[71]
  • American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award 2001: Best National Network Drama (Radio Tales)[72]
  • American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award 1998: Outstanding Achievement by an Actress ("The Yellow Wallpaper", Actress Winifred Phillips)[73]
  • The New York Festivals WorldMedal 2004: (Radio Tales)[74]
  • Golden Reel Merit Award 2001 (Radio Tales)[75]
  • The Audio Publishers Association Audie Award (Nomination)[76]
  • G4 TV G-Phoria Award Best Original Soundtrack (Nomination)[77]
  • Spike TV Video Game Awards Best Original Score (Nomination)[78]

Works[edit]

Video games[edit]

The Radio Tales series[edit]

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • A Matter of Prejudice
  • Apocalypse
  • Arabian Nights Trilogy: Aladdin and his Magical Lamp
  • Arabian Nights Trilogy: Sindbad the Sailor
  • Arabian Nights Trilogy: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • Asteroid
  • Beowulf
  • The Birthmark
  • The Boarded Window
  • The Canterville Ghost
  • Celtic Hero
  • Charles Dickens' Ghost Story
  • Chicago 2065
  • Chopin's Locket
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Dracula's Guest
  • Edgar Allan Poe's Predicament
  • Edgar Allan Poe's Valdemar
  • Edith Wharton's Journey
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Feet of Clay
  • Fifth Dimension
  • Fortress of Doom
  • Frankenstein
  • The Furnished Room
  • The German Student
  • The Ghost of Wuthering Heights
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • Homer's Odyssey Trilogy: Tale of the Cyclops
  • Homer's Odyssey Trilogy: Voyage to the Underworld
  • Homer's Odyssey Trilogy: The Voyage Home
  • Hop-Frog
  • The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
  • Ice Maiden
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Jason and the Argonauts
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Laughin' in Meetin'
  • The Lone Indian
  • Lord of the Celts
  • The Lost World
  • Masque of the Red Death
  • Moon Voyager
  • Mrs. Manstey's View
  • The Mummy
  • A New England Nun
  • O. Henry's Last Leaf
  • O. Henry's Thanksgiving
  • Otherworld
  • Owl Creek Bridge
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Revolt of Mother
  • Silence, A Fable
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Stephen Crane's Dark Brown Dog
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • The Time Machine
  • Time Warp
  • Voltaire's Planet Trek
  • War of the Worlds
  • Watchers
  • The Yellow Wallpaper

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