Videogame Music Takes Leap Toward Grammy Recognition

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Videogame Music Takes Leap Toward Grammy Recognition

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Four Grammy awards have been amended to encourage submissions from the video game industry.

The current generation's videogame soundtracks often result from the same compositional and orchestral work as their television and movie counterparts, but they haven't typically been recognized as such. This may change with the future of the Grammy Awards, as The Recording Academy has seen fit to specifically add videogames to the descriptions of four awards.

Funnily enough, a videogame song actually won at the 53rd Grammy Awards which took place in February 2011. However, it was a stealth win. Christopher Tin's "Baba Yetu" won a Grammy for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)" due to its inclusion on his 2009 album Calling All Dawns, but it was originally composed as a theme song for Civilization IV.

The win may have made The Recording Academy reconsider what types of submissions should be accepted for the Grammys. Recording Academy awards vice president Bill Freimuth told IndustryGamers: "I think this could be viewed as a first step in the direction of video games getting their own category. Many people from the game community have been asking us to create a special category for games over the years, but the main reason we haven't is because we have received very few entries from game publishers."

The descriptors for "Best Music for Visual Media," "Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media," "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media," and "Best Song Written for Visual Media" were altered from "Motion, Television, or Other Visual Media" to "Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media." Worldwide executive of music at Electronic Arts Steve Schnur says the change "acknowledges that film, TV and games can stand side by side and be independently recognized," and he predicts the academy will receive many new videogame music submissions in the coming years.

Schnur also believes that the change is a move to recognize the evolving Grammy audience. Inon Zur, a composer on dozens of prominent videogames such as Fallout: New Vegas and Dragon Age: Origins, hopes Grammy recognition will help videogame music gain respect from the "mainstream audience."

We may not see a videogame music winner right away, but change has to start somewhere. Up the road, videogame composers will likely be recognized as highly as those working in film and television.

Source: IndustryGamers

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What music would the Escapist userbase nominate?

One small step for games, one giant leap for game-kind.

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What music would the Escapist userbase nominate?

Off of the top of my head?

Marty O Donnell (halo)

Jesper Kyd (Kane and Lynch / hitman)

Jeremy Soule (guild wars)

Breaking benjamin (just for the halo 2 Blow me away track, that is so freakin cool!)

This is music to my ears!

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Shadow of the Collosus OST is sublime;

And you can never go wrong with Katamari either :D;

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So sad and yet so epic...

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Shadow of the Colossus soundtrack

or maybe Doom 2 soundtrack

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Anything from the Mother/Earthbound series.

There's something I don't like about this. I can't quite figure out what it is.

On the one hand, great - game music is finally being judged for its composition versus the fact that, well... the song was composed for a game and therefore "doesn't count".

However, this could be one more thing that'll turn some of us humble gamers further into a bunch of overly defensive, whiny, pretentious dickheads. Why do I say this? All anyone has to do is disagree with including a certain soundtrack, and watch the wildfires engulf everything in sight. Hell, anyone remember when word got out that ME3 was getting a different composer (not quite the same thing I know, but it's close enough)?

But I like DA2 and rap music, so what the fuck do I know?

Erm... sorry. ^^'

Very nice. I would like to have it recognized by the public that what I choose to listen to on a regular basis is beautiful music regardless of original context. As for the above question about what I would nominate: Tomas Dvorak (Machinarium and Samorost), Koh Ohtani (Shadow of the Colossus), Joe Hisaishi is putting together the soundtrack to the upcoming game affiliated with Studio Ghibli, so I would likely want to nominate that.

If I could make a prediction about a game in the next year I would want something from Portal 2 to win an award. From what I heard it should have some good music in it.

teh_Canape:
or maybe Doom 2 soundtrack

YES! Bobby Prince was a genius on the Doom series music. Just two of many examples:

Nice to see another step toward the mass recognition of video games!

I'm sure a great deal of game music would be appreciated by many more fans, if they only got to hear it. Personally, I think Jesper Kyd's work is brilliant, especially the Assassin's Creed 2 soundtrack. Most notably, "Ezio's Family"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0i6YFrSs6c

Hopefully Marty O' Donnel can add "Grammy award winning" to his resume when Bungie releases their new IP. Man is a genius when it comes to writing music.

I dunno, someone like Nobuo Uematsu is a legend to videogames but he'll have to do something more recent in order to be put up for consideration.

Tristessa:
Nice to see another step toward the mass recognition of video games!

I'm sure a great deal of game music would be appreciated by many more fans, if they only got to hear it. Personally, I think Jesper Kyd's work is brilliant, especially the Assassin's Creed 2 soundtrack. Most notably, "Ezio's Family"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0i6YFrSs6c

That would be a great nominee to. Stuff like "Brotherhood Escape" is one of the most epic chase themes I've heard in a while. Although that was from Brotherhood. I think its the same composer

It would never get nominated but, old 8bit Megaman rocks my music world!

If this actually works out, it'll put the Grammys ahead of the Oscars into the category of "things that might actually matter somewhat," for the simple reason of encouraging wider recognition and less genre snobbery.

Grammys are stupid and meaningless/Video Games are being nominated WOOO!!!!!!

That aside, this is good news simply because it is in the favour of spreading wonderful game music.

frankly I think its a bit late coming shouldve happend a long time ago

Awesome, although I doubt the Grammy's is going to look past the Britney Spears of video game composing, Inon Zur, instead of finally giving some recognition to soundtracks like these:

I would nominate the track from Warhammer 40k: Chaos Gate (It's really old, I think it came out 98).

The track starts at 1:39.

My personal favorite:

But I might be biased since I love the game.

I'd recommend any song from God of War, that game just had amazing music.

This is good.

So, will this help steer more people towards games being art, seeings as the Grammy also awards classic compositions and whatnot?

Anything Legend of Zelda or Mario.

Cool beans. Now we just need them to retroactively give out awards to games of the past.

referring to Chrono Cross mostly

Good for videogames I guess. I am still waiting for the Grammy Awards to respect Heavy Metal as a music genre and have the genre receive its own awards like every other genre. But that probably won't happen. Heavy Metal used to have one award given out for "Best Metal Performance", but it is being combined with "Best Hard Rock performance" starting next year. Heavy Metal bands will have a more difficult time winning an award because they will be against the more accessible Hard Rock.

Hans Zimmerman will continue to compose all of it.

Super Mario Galaxy better be nominated for something.

nobuo uematsu

This man has made so many great musical pieces for the final fantasy series. He should win the award.

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Off of the top of my head?

Marty O Donnell (halo)

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I'm not the biggest Halo fan, but I agree 100%. Man is a genius when it comes to music.

Anyway, my choice would be this:

Listen to that and tell me it is not epic. Also, this might be relevant.

EDIT: For whatever reason, my Youtube embed seems to not be working, so here is a link to the video. It is the Metal Gear Solid 2 theme.

Okami should be nominated too. Music was beautiful!

Good.

I don't care if you hate halo like it killed your family and raped your mother, you have to admit it has some badass music.

It, along with whoever does LoZ's music and metroid, deserves this ASAP.

About damn time. Video game music is one of the few things about this industry that consistently gets better. At the very least, it hasn't gone downhill. Good to see credit given where it's due.

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