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Winifred Phillips is an award-winning video game composer. Her latest video game credits include the virtual reality games Sports Scramble, Audioshield, Scraper: First Strike, Dragon Front, Bebylon: Battle Royale, and Fail Factory.  Other recent credits include the triple-A first person shooter Homefront: The Revolution. He has written music for games in five of the most well-known franchises in gaming: Assassin's Creed, Total War, God of War, LittleBigPlanet, and The Sims.  As a VR game music expert, she writes frequently for Gamasutra on the future of music in virtual reality video games.

Phillips is the author of the bestselling book, A COMPOSER'S GUIDE TO GAME MUSIC (The MIT Press), which won the Global Music Award Gold Medal for an exceptional book in the field of music, and was described by The Boston Globe as "the first book designed to help experienced musicians brave the transition to the world of game composing." Phillips' popular game music book was also hailed by Sound on Sound magazine as "partly educational and partly inspirational... a great introduction to this specialist art." Music Connection Magazine added that "Phillips' hands-on insights and advice make this one a keeper," and Film Score Monthly praised the book as "a touchstone academic achievement." 

Phillips has received an Interactive Achievement Award / D.I.C.E. Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, three Hollywood Music in Media Awards, six Game Audio Network Guild Awards, five Global Music Awards, an IGN Best Score Award, a GameSpot Best Music Award, a GameZone Score of the Year Award, a GameFocus Award, and three Gracie Awards from the Alliance of Women in Media.

She has released over fifteen albums. Her soundtrack album for the Legend of the Guardians video game was the first video game soundtrack album released by the famous WaterTower Music record label, one of the top labels for film music soundtracks, and the film music record label of Warner Bros. Entertainment. 

She has been profiled in books such as Keeping Score by Tom Hoover, Cash Tracks by Jeffrey P. Fischer, and in Music Connection Magazine, which described her as a "Superstar of video game music."


Expert Blogs

Posted by Winifred Phillips on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:47:00 EDT in Audio, Design, Console/PC, VR
The 1st of a 4-part series. Video game composer Winifred Phillips shares ideas from her GDC 2019 talk, How Music Enhances Virtual Presence. Part 1: Virtual Presence & Flow Theory. Music composition strategies and practical examples are included.

Posted by Winifred Phillips on Sun, 16 Jun 2019 11:48:00 EDT in Audio, Production, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
On April 6th, composer Winifred Phillips delivered the 1st game music composition lecture ever given at the Library of Congress. This article includes the video of the complete presentation given by Phillips at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

Posted by Winifred Phillips on Tue, 28 May 2019 10:35:00 EDT in Audio, Design, Production, Console/PC, VR
Game composer Winifred Phillips' Reddit AMA went viral last week, hitting the Reddit front page, receiving 14.8k upvotes & garnering gold & platinum awards to become one of the most engaged and popular Reddit gaming AMAs. Read excerpts from the Q&A.

Posted by Winifred Phillips on Tue, 07 May 2019 10:19:00 EDT in Audio, Production, Console/PC
Composer Winifred Phillips presents a mini-postmortem on the evolution of a single melodic theme - first composed for EA's Spore Hero, undergoing several in-game variations, and eventually appearing in a trailer for the blockbuster AVENGERS ENDGAME film.

On April 6th, composer Winifred Phillips delivered the 1st game music composition lecture ever given at the Library of Congress, as part of their first-ever video game music event. This article includes a partial transcript of the lecture's Q&A session.

Posted by Winifred Phillips on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:08:00 EDT in Audio, Design, Console/PC, VR
Game composer Winifred Phillips shares preparatory research from two of her upcoming lectures: her GDC 2019 talk entitled "How Music Enables Virtual Presence" and her Library of Congress lecture, "The Interface Between Music Composition and Game Design."

Winifred Phillips's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/17/2019 - 10:32]

Thanks very much, Ron Glad ...

Thanks very much, Ron Glad you enjoyed the Q A, and I really appreciate the kind words about my music

Comment In: [Blog - 04/16/2018 - 09:50]

Hey, Mike You make an ...

Hey, Mike You make an interesting point. Like music, silence can be a powerful tool for both composers and sound designers. Last year I wrote an article here on Gamasutra about using silence as a way to enhance suspense: video game music to build suspense part 5 semi silence.php

Comment In: [Blog - 12/11/2017 - 02:58]

Very interesting, Tim We can ...

Very interesting, Tim We can all definitely compensate for any localization issues by cocking and rotating our heads until our brains get used to the aural input that the game is delivering. Comfort and wearability are definitely the first barrier that users will notice right away, so that has to ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/12/2017 - 09:47]

You 're welcome, Pieter Happy ...

You 're welcome, Pieter Happy to help :

Comment In: [Blog - 08/16/2017 - 10:22]

My pleasure, Pieter Thanks very ...

My pleasure, Pieter Thanks very much

Comment In: [Blog - 06/26/2017 - 02:02]

Thanks, Pieter ...

Thanks, Pieter