By Winifred Phillips
Winner of the worldwide tune Award Gold Medal for a very good booklet within the box of music · Winner of the nationwide Indie Excellence e-book Award · Winner of the Nonfiction booklet Award (Gold Winner) · Winner of the once a year online game song Award (Best Publication)
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Most of us will spend our careers as self-employed businesspeople, and self-starters make great entrepreneurs. One of the most celebrated self-taught composers in the video game industry is Nobuo Uematsu. Without taking lessons in any instrument or receiving music instruction at any formal institution, Uematsu has risen to the pinnacle of the field of video game music. His career began very simply. He was working at a music rental shop in Tokyo. At night he would meet up with a bunch of his friends, and they would share their big dreams for their futures.
Possibly something that hadn舗t yet been released? I immediately thought of the game I was currently working on, The Maw. It would be the first game release of developer Twisted Pixel Games, a brand new development studio creating games for Xbox Live Arcade. The Maw was a downloadable title and at the time it had received no press. The Play Magazine journalist hadn舗t heard anything about it, but he was intrigued. I introduced the guys at Twisted Pixel Games to my contact at Play, prepared photos for the article, music files for Play to hear, and a gameplay video that demonstrated the music implementation design in action.
A Composer’s Guide to Game Music by Winifred Phillips