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A Composer's Guide to Game Music (MIT Press) Hardcover – February 14, 2014

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Phillips provides an excellent introductory look at a complex and evolving artistic field. This is not a music and computer science (CS) degree in 270 pages, but a conversation with a friend who quite logically lays out the field... Anyone connected with gaming will enjoy the result.

(Computing Reviews)


Already an acclaimed book, Phillips' hands-on insights and advice make this one a keeper.

(Music Connection Magazine)


You won't find a more comprehensive guide... this book is a welcome delight.

(Robert Workman, Retro Videogame Magazine)


A Composer's Guide to Game Music, Phillips's 2014 book, offers a level-headed worker's tour of a fantasy-fueled world... Phillips thoroughly covers why music matters... and she calmly guides the reader through new and old world compositional problems...(Phillips's book) simply aims to be transparent and generous, and to offer a sensible, clear, and methodically minded explanation of how work happens in an illusory world.

(The Los Angeles Review of Books)

About the Author

Winifred Phillips is an award-winning game composer. Some of her video game credits include Assassin's Creed Liberation, Total War Battles: KINGDOM, God of War, multiple games in the LittleBigPlanet franchise (including LittleBigPlanet 3), The Da Vinci Code, Speed Racer, Shrek the Third, Spore Hero, and many others. Phillips is also the author of the bestselling book, A Composer's Guide to Game Music (The MIT Press 2014), 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 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, five Game Audio Network Guild Awards, three 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 fifteen albums. Her soundtrack album for the Legend of the Guardians video game was the first video game soundtrack album released by WaterTower Music, the film music record label of Warner Bros.  Music Connection Magazine described her as a "superstar of video game music."

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  • Publisher : The MIT Press (February 14, 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0262026643
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0262026642
  • Reading age : 18 years and up
  • Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.56 x 9 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Theory for academics
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book and very inspiring!
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