The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), the non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of game audio, announced the results for the 6th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards and BioShock was the big winner, taking home all eight categories it was nominated in.
The G.A.N.G. Awards honor outstanding creative, technical and artistic audio achievement in the world of interactive entertainment, and are voted and judged upon by game audio industry and members.
"Every now and again life provides one of those great moments of satisfaction for which words are really inadequate to describe,” said BioShock composer Garry Schymann. “Being honored by my friends and colleagues at this years G.A.N.G awards was one of those moments. It was a very moving evening for me and I will always be grateful to G.A.N.G. and everyone who considered my score for BioShock worthy of these honors. I get to look at the trophies everyday now and that is very humbling and amazing!"
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to 20 year game industry veteran Brian Schmidt who is best known for his audio work in classic games such as Madden Football, Desert Strike, Star Wars Trilogy, and the award-winning Crue Ball. His theme from the original NARC arcade videogame was even covered and recorded by The Pixies. In 1998, Brian left the freelance world to work at Microsoft, where he set the direction for game audio technologies for Windows and Xbox for the next decade.
A $10,000 scholarship to Expression College for Digital Arts was awarded to G.A.N.G. member Nathan Rain Schwartz. Expressions College offers a game audio curriculum at their Emeryville, CA campus.
The ceremony was held in San Francisco, CA during the Game Developers Conference last week.
Here is a complete list of winners:
Audio Of The Year
Music Of The Year
Sound Design Of The Year
Best Original Soundtrack Album
God Of War II
Best Interactive Score
Best Handheld Audio
Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow
Best Audio – Other
Jewel Quest II
Best Cinematic/Cut-Scene Audio
Best Original Instrumental
"Welcome To Rapture" – Bioshock
Best Original Vocal – Choral
"Main Titles" – God Of War II
Best Original Vocal – Pop
"Still Alive" – Portal
Best Use Of Licensed Music
Best Arrangement Of A Non-Original Score
The Simpsons Game
Best Game Audio Article, Publication Or Broadcast
"The World Of Game Composing” – Film Music Magazine
Most Innovative Use Of Audio
Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2
(Audio Controlling Graphics & Physics Engine)
Best Use Of Multi-Channel Surround In A Game
Rookie Of The Year (Tie)
Austin Wintory (Composer - Flow)
Tomas Neumann (Audio Programmer - Crysis)
Student/Apprentice Contest Winners
Mike "Skitch" Schichiano (music)
Mikkel Eskessen (sound design)
G.A.N.G. Recognition Awards
Russell Brower (audio director & composer - Blizzard Entertainment)
Rod Abernathy (composer - Dead Head Fred)
Michael "Piano Squall" Gluck (Piano Squall album and charity work)
G.A.N.G. Distinguished Service Award
Nathan Rain Schwartz
Lifetime Achievement Award