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January 2019 Newsletter

NAMM TEC Awards and G.A.N.G. Hang

NAMM 2019 occurred last week, and with it, the TEC Awards! We would like to congratulate Leslie Ann Jones, Board Member of G.A.N.G. on being inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame.

“What a great honor it is to be inducted into the NAMM Hall of Fame. I join so many of my heroes and mentors who were inducted before me. And special thanks to Herbie Hancock who gave such a memorable introduction.”  - Leslie Ann Jones

This year, "Star Wars Battlefront II" took home the award for Best Interactive Entertainment Sound Production! Congratulations to EA, Gordy Haab, and all the nominees and winners.

Best Interactive Entertainment Sound Production Nominees:

Bungie Studos / Activision Blizzard
Destiny 2

DICE / Electronic Arts
Star Wars Battlefront II

Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Nintendo (EAD) / Nintendo
Super Mario Odyssey

Santa Monica Studios / Sony Interactive Entertainment
God of War

Thanks to Jeremy Tisser, Jack Wise and Emmanuel Lagumbay for putting together the G.A.N.G. Hang at NAMM! They had a blast at California Pizza Kitchen. Keep an eye out for more of these events in the coming year!

(From left to right: Ken Jacobsen, Ronan Murphy, Jack Wise, Jeremy Tisser, and Brian David Paul)

MAGFest 2019 - G.A.N.G. Remix Competition & Composers Panel

MAGFest 2019 occurred in the first week of January. Over 20,000 music fans came to the Gaylord National Resort in Maryland to celebrate video game music. G.A.N.G. hosted a special competition for remix enthusiasts that featured over $8,000 in plug-in prizes from Music Marketing and their co-sponsors Polyverse Music, KResearch, Acon Digital, Xhun Audio, D16, FabFilter, Sugar-Bytes. Nearly 100 entries were narrowed down to the top 5 in 9 different categories. A panel of well-renowned judges selected winners of each category.

Also at MAGFest was a composer round-table, moderated by Alexander Brandon. On the panel were Frank Klepacki, Will Roget, Lena Raine, and Kris Maddigan.

For a list of winners and a full description of the G.A.N.G. Remix Competition, click here!

“A Cautionary Tale – The Rise and Fall of HUGEsound” by Chance Thomas

Chance Thomas reflects on his experience with the now-defunct HUGEsound:

"The game business can be especially volatile -- an endlessly mutating swarm of ambition, creativity, boom and bust, brilliance, greed, charisma, geekiness, innovation, passion, expertise and guesswork. Frankly, the asymmetrical nature and chaotic energy are part of what draws me to the game. Like a river to the ocean. Or a moth to the flame!"

Full Article


Sumthing Else Music Works - A Fond Farewell

A Message to my Sumthing Family and Friends-

Twenty years ago, I created a label to produce and distribute video game music, a then unexplored genre in the industry. Over the years Sumthing Else Music Works became the flagship label for this inventive, beautiful and compelling music. It even led me to produce volumes one and two of Halo Wars 2, as well as to write and perform "Never Surrender," on Halo Volume I.

Now, the demands of my overwhelming recording and touring schedule prevent me from dedicating all the personal time and resources that Sumthing deserves. Regretfully, I have decided to suspend all of Sumthing's operations for the foreseeable future.

I hope that you will stay in touch with me as my journey continues. Please click HERE for my home page, updates and links to all of my social media.

Thank you for your love and continued support.


Digital Entertainment World - February 4th & 5th!

Digital Entertainment World (DEW) - Driving The Future Of Connected Entertainment 

The must attend B2B event and marketplace for global media and technology executives to evaluate the digital media landscape.

This two-day event brings together leading industry executives from video, music, games, brand advertising, & rights — the entire digital content ecosystem. 

Make sure to check out the Member's Perks page for a 20% discount to the event!


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