Annual Game Music Awards 2020 – Albums of the Year

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We are proud to present the winners in the ‘Albums of the Year’ category of the Annual Game Music Awards 2020. 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.

 

Best Album — Soundtrack CD

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Original Soundtrack

The official release of the 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Original Soundtrack showcased the work of Basiscape’s talented pool of composers and their diverse range of musical stylings. From the epic battle themes to motivating and uplifting story beats, the team crafted a soundtrack that works just as well as a stand-alone listen as it does when heard in game and complementing the extremely engaging story. 

 

Runners-Up

KINGDOM HEARTS – III, II.8, Unchained χ & Union χ [Cross] Original Soundtrack

Other Nominations

Final Fantasy VII Remake Original Soundtrack Plus
Tetris Effect Original Soundtrack: Perfect Collection
Various Daylife Original Soundtrack

Best Album — Official Arranged Album

Symphonic Memories Concert – music from SQUARE ENIX

Presented by Thomas Böcker’s Merregnon Studios and arranged by Jonne Valtonen, Roger Wanamo, and Andreas Hedlund, Symphonic Memories Concert – music from SQUARE ENIX, much like similar concert productions by the same team, takes the listener on a well-crafted classical journey revisiting Square Enix classics, Final Fantasy VIII and Xenogears, as well as the more recent scores for Final Fantasy XV and Octopath Traveler.

Runners-Up

Songs of Supergiant Games

Other Nominations

Chrono Cross 20th Anniversary Live Tour 2019
Final Fantasy VII Remake Acoustic Arrangements
Stella Magna – Songs from Granblue Fantasy

Best Album — Fan-Arranged

Hang on to Your Hat

Hang On to Your Hat could have sported the official Nintendo seal of quality on its cover, and the world would’ve been none the wiser. The consistent level of polish and playfulness put this album right on par with the best and rarest of Nintendo’s official arrangement albums, and make it a worthy tribute to the ever-beloved Super Mario 64 soundtrack.

 

Runners-Up

Sinnohvation

Other Nominations

Flamesgrace
Fuzzy Pickles
Metroid Piano

Best Album — Chiptune/Digital Fusion Album

Trans // Mission – Game Genie Sokolov

Game Genie Sokolov’s Trans // Mission is an FM synthesis masterwork ranging from infectiously catchy instrumental tunes with plenty of funk to expressive vocal collaborations that, in combination, make for a captivating listen for any fan of the genre. 

Runner-Up

Domingo – Chip Tanaka

Other Nominations

vue – xyce
Retrospect – TDK
Room to Room – Tobokegao

Best Album — Original Album

ATTICUS VII – fingerspit

ATTICUS VII, a concept album about probing the uncharted corners of the universe, utilizes atmosphere expertly to ensure the listener is always engaged. fingerspit is able to, much like with her work on Red Strings Club, transport the listener to new worlds with her sonic soundscapes. 

Runner-Up

To Shiver the Sky – Christopher Tin

Other Nominations

Inner Voice – Junya Nakano
Quiet Songs – Jessica Curry
The Velvet Machine – Neal Acree

Posted on February 16, 2021 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on February 16, 2021.

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Currently residing in Philadelphia. I spend my days working in vaccine characterization and dedicate some of my spare time in the evening to the vast world of video game music, both reviewing soundtracks as well as maintaining relationships with composers overseas in Europe and in Japan.



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