Annual Game Music Awards 2019 – Artists of the Year
We are pleased to present the winners in the ‘Artists of the Year’ category of the Annual Game Music Awards 2019. These panel-voted, officially-recognized awards provide a thorough and wide-reaching recognition of achievement in game music over the last year. The panelists have selected their choices by carefully considering the merit of the game music created this year — as art and entertainment, as part of in-game experiences and as part of stand-alone albums. Congratulations to all winners, runners-up, and nominees.
Outstanding Artist — Japanese Composer
With SHADOWBRINGERS: FINAL FANTASY XIV, the latest expansion to the hit MMORPG, Masayoshi Soken continues to surprise with a seemingly unending well of inspiration and new ideas. His latest work showcases his ability to bring unexpected styles to the Warrior of Light’s quest to prevent another calamity all while crafting memorable melodies that stick with the player long after they have logged off.
Outstanding Artist — Western Composer
Expertly blending an eclectic mix of genres, raw sounds, and moods, Ludvig Forssell ensured that his score to Death Stranding would represent director Hideo Kojima’s goal of delivering content that is both challenging and emotional. Forssell succeeds on both fronts; Death Stranding‘s soundtrack has a massive range in almost every possible musical aspect (Epic orchestra? Check. Buzzing synths and bass? Check. Household objects from Home Depot? Also check.), but manages to exude quality with each track.
Outstanding Artist — Independent Composer
With her score to the side scrolling beat-em-up, River City Girls, Megan McDuffee showcases her synthwave prowess and her ability to craft catchy instrumental tunes to accompany the action on-screen. In addition, she lends her vocal talents to the game as well, so if you find a radio while playing the game, stop and listen for a moment, as her synthpop vocals are equally as delightful.
Outstanding Artist — Newcomer/Breakthrough
Jay Tholen is no newcomer, but Hypnospace Outlaw––a point-and-click Web 1.0 mystery––brought him a bigger audience than ever before. An adherent of the Todd Rundgren studio-as-instrument sensibility, Tholen’s compositions for Hypnospace are as wide-ranging, kitschy, and idiosyncratic as GeoCities itself. Library sound effects adorn MIDI beats while synthesized vocals detail the obsessions of Merchantsoft’s net-denizens. The most eclectic soundtrack since Osamu Sato’s LSD: Dream Emulator.
British Sea Power
Outstanding Artist — Soloist
Laura Custodio Sabas
Outstanding Contribution — Ensemble
F.A.M.E.’s Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra
Nashville Scoring Orchestra
Orchestre national d’Île-de-France
Posted on February 13, 2020 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on February 13, 2020.