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Four recent reviews of my scores for Dante’s Inferno and BioShock

Four recent reviews of my scores for Dante’s Inferno and BioShock:

  • Square Enix Music 
    The score for BioShock marks one of the most satisfying matches of narrative and musical accompaniment in game history: the music successfully mirrors the game’s period setting, its location, its habitants, and its ambiguous history and what remains of it. Hitting all these marks, while producing a game soundtrack quite unlike any other, Schyman can lay claim to having composed a modern game score classic. 
  • Higher Plain Music 
    Technically stunning and flawless, the way it captures the essence of the otherworld is memorizing and is already vying for Higher Plain Music’s 2010 soundtrack of the year award. 
  • Square Enix Music 
    … it is one of the most intriguing and fascinating scores game music has produced in a while and shows how many more creative venues are still there to be explored by game composers who deploy orchestras to create their scores. … Schyman further cements his reputation as one of game music’s most interesting and innovative composers. 
  • G4TV 
    With this release, Schyman has definitely captured what he has described as “the scary, grotesque, beautiful and tortured sounds” of this game world. The orchestrations are big and pristinely recorded affairs, appropriate, as the scoring was done at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, played by the Philharmonia Orchestra with the Metro Voice, both of which are on excellent display…

11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards

I was honored last night at the Red Rock Hotel in Las Vegas with the most prestigious award the game industry bestows on a composer “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition” for my score for BioShock.

I am most grateful to the academy for the nomination and for affirming my nomination with the award. I am also extremely grateful to everyone at 2K Games for making such an amazing game and giving me so much creative freedom to score it.

The Academy Of Interactive Arts and Sciences Nominates BioShock Score

It has been an amazing season of awards showered on both BioShock and my score for the game. That said, I would be remiss if I did not mention that I have just been nominated by the Academy Of Interactive Arts and Sciences for “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition” for my score.

This is the most prestigious award of them all and I am truly honored just to have been nominated.
BioShock has been nominated for a total of 12 AIAS “D.I.C.E.” awards which is unprecedented!

G.A.N.G Awards Nominations for BioShock!

The Game Audio Network Guild has nominated my score for BioShock in three categories:
  • Music Of The Year
  • Best Original Instrumental
  • Best Interactive Score
In addition, BioShock was nominated in four other audio categories including:
  • Audio of the Year
  • Sound Design of the Year
  • Best Dialogue
  • Best Use of Licensed Music
GANG Awards are nominated by and voted on by audio and music professionals in the Video Game industry and I consider it a high honor to receive these nominations! The winners will be announced at the Game Developers Conference on February 21st.

Another Best Original Score Win

Well – when it rains it pours! Thanks to the folks at Primotech for the Best Original Score Award and for the kind words:
“But what really sets the music of BioShock apart was the brilliant original score, provided by composer Garry Schyman.

Who among us can forget the shrill violins he heard upon coming face-to-face with the deranged Dr. Steinman? Or how about the symphonic grandeur of Sander Cohen’s ostentatious entrance? BioShock’s music simply struck every right note at exactly the right time, making the player feel sorrow, fear, and suspense at every turn.”