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Time for my semi-annual de-lurking, I suppose.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception has been nominated for a Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) award--or nine. Back in 2010, Uncharted 2 was similarly nominated for nine awards, of which it won six. The nine categories Uncharted 3 is nominated in include
  • Audio of the Year 
  • Music of the Year
  • Sound Design of the Year
  • Best Soundtrack Album
  • Best Interactive Score
  • Best Cinematic/Cut-Scene Audio
  • Best Dialogue
  • Best Audio Mix
The song, "Small Beginnings," is nominated for "Best Original Instrumental."

The full press e-mail--including all of the nominees--can be found behind the cut.

full press release under the cut )
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Series veteran, Greg Edmonson returns as composer for the third game in Nathan Drake's quest to uncover buried treasure in exotic locations. Having handled the score for, sci-fi western, Firefly, Edmonson would seem a fantastic fit for the game's desert setting. Strangely, the moments that seem to lean heaviest here on the dusty, rustic charm of that cult-classic show's sonic pallet are frequently the work of Azam Ali, as with the twangy guitar, wailing strings, and eerie vocals of "Bazaar Brawl" and loose guitar flailing through mysterious vocals on "The Streets Of Yemen".

[...]The score does a fine job balancing the anxious excitement of the game's action against the heartfelt swooning moments of grandeur serving as a sonic snapshot the landscapes Drake finds himself traversing, as on the flowing orchestral swell and rattling percussion of "As Above, So Below" and the defiant strings driving through "The Settlement", while keying in on the creepy with the wailing strings of chilling "Arachnophobia". The score exceeds at conveying the moments of isolation in the game, as with the weepy violin opening "The Setup" or fluttering strings and carefully plucked guitar introducing "Boarding Party" as it does the frenetic towering action both pieces evolve into. [SOURCE]
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Two of the most defining soundtracks of the past twelve months have come from Playstation exclusives God Of War III and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Now, courtesy of Sumthing Else Music Works and Sumthing Digital, we’ve got both soundtracks in their entirety to give-away on compact disc. That’s right, CDs, remember those?

[This competition's open to UK mainland readers only, we're afraid].

If you’d like to win them, all we want to know is your name and a email address. Please, please, please use a valid email address. Seriously, we can’t send you the music if we can’t get hold of you.

Fill in the form below before Wednesday 9th June and we’ll pick one lucky winner at random. Rahh!

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Greg Edmonson is the composer behind the award-winning soundtrack to G4tv.com's 2009 Game of the Year Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, as well as the original Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. He is also the man who brought the music to life on the beloved “Firefly” TV series. Mr. Edmonson was kind enough to take time to answer some questions from the Feed and from some of its readers. Come inside and find out what went into creating the score to Uncharted 2, the difference between composing for games, TV and films and what certain thread connects Uncharted’s Nathan Drake with Malcolm Reynolds.

The Feed: First question, how does it feel to have had your Uncharted 2 music honored by so many different game awards this year?

Greg Edmonson:
Well it certainly came as a surprise. When you are working on a project you tend to have tunnel vision and to just focus on the task at hand. There is so much to be done and so little time to do it, that you don’t think too far ahead. Games differ from a film or TV show in that the graphics are mostly unfinished when you write the music, so I relied heavily on Amy Hennig (Naughty Dog) and Jonathan Mayer (SCEA) for guidance. When I finally saw what the final product looked like, I was astonished. The graphics in a game change on a daily basis as new layers are added and changes in the lighting are made. So the game changes right up until the very last day before you deliver the final master. It was so very gratifying to find that people enjoyed the score and I think that a good part of that was because the game itself was so spectacular. I am so proud of what Naughty Dog accomplished with Uncharted 2. They just raised the bar on every single level. The game had a real story, great acting performances, stunning graphics and I was honored to be a part of it all.

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Composed by: Greg Edmonson, Carmen Rizzo
Arranged by: Alan Steinberger
Published by: Sumthing Else Music Works
Release date: Feb 9, 2010 (CD); Oct 13, 2009 (digital)
Available from: iTunes, Amazon, Sumthing Digital

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has been making a big splash lately with numerous awards for every aspect of its design. In fact, just last week at the Game Developers Conference the title took home six GANG awards and five Game Developers Choice awards including Best Audio. So who am I to question the masses when it comes to the game’s soundtrack? Well…nobody really. But that doesn’t matter since the Uncharted 2 score lives up to the hype and provides a great listening experience for music enthusiasts.

“Nate’s Theme 2.0” starts off this album with an adventurous theme that perfectly sets up what is to come. It’s exactly the same as Uncharted’s original theme but works equally well in the sequel. Busy ethnic percussion underscores a beautiful horn melody that is joined by the strings before decrescendoing into a homophonic chorale-like interlude. From here the music soars off again hinting at adventures waiting and pursued. A musical theme should always seek to define what the rest of a score will build off of and “Nate’s Theme 2.0” certainly does convey what’s to follow in Uncharted 2: Beautiful melodies, driving ethnic percussion, great orchestration, and soft lyrical tracks all make their appearance.

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I just received an e-mail with the results of the Game Audio Network Guild's 8th Annual Awards. As the subject says, Uncharted--which was nominated for 9--won 6.

Full Press Release Under the Cut )
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Thought I'd stop lurking and help contribute. A few years ago I somehow got onto the press list for the Game Audio Network Guild, and I just received an e-mail announcing 2009 G.A.N.G Awards finalist. Naturally, Uncharted 2 is leading the nominations (with Assassin's Creed II):

  • Audio of the Year
  • Music of the Year
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Soundtrack Album
  • Best Interactive Score
  • Best Cinematic Audio
  • Best Dialogue
  • Best Original Instrumental ("Reunion")
  • Best Use of Multi-Channel Surround in a Game

The winners will be announced at the 2010 Game Developer's Conference next month. A copy of the full press release is under the cut.

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Kotaku’s game of the year, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, has spawned an official soundtrack which you can now purchase in physical form at your local record store on a “compact disc”. Fascinating!

Greg Edmonson’s score for the PlayStation 3 action-adventure has been – as Naughty Dog points out on the PlayStation.blog – available on iTunes for some time. The expanded version, adding three tracks, has just been released and should be at a Peaches or Sam Goody or Camelot Music near you at this very second.

Naughty Dog has offered a preview of the missing trio of tracks at the PlayStation.blog if you’re curious. It’s perfect for your next rock climbing outing!

UNCHARTED 2 Soundtrack in Stores Today [PlayStation.blog]

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Super-pros, all.

Naughty Dog's epic PS3-exclusive adventure title "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves" has already established itself as one of the top games of this console generation, drawing a 96 overall rating on Metacritic with a whopping *36* perfect scores.

On Thursday December 3rd at 7:00pm, Pyramind, Sony, and the Game Audio Network Guild are proud to host an exclusive behind-the-scenes event on the making of the music for "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves"?, featuring two panels of pros from the SCEA team and beyond.

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Part 1 covers the game's inspiration, look, story, and gameplay. In Part 2 we learn about the characters, motion capture process, and music behind the game.

Part 2 )


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