Wintory’s music for Journey first video game score to snag Grammy nom

Posted on: December 11, 2012

Monday (12/10) on, Ryan Rigney writes, “For the first time in the 55-year history of the Grammy Awards, a videogame soundtrack has been nominated. The honor goes to Austin Wintory, composer of the score for the mesmerizing PlayStation 3 game Journey, published earlier this year. The 28-year-old Denver native’s work has been nominated in the Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media, pitting Wintory against a who’s-who of film composers: Howard Shore (Hugo), Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises) and John Williams (Tintin). ‘To be nominated alongside John Williams,’ Wintory said to Wired, ‘is a lifelong dream that I genuinely thought would never happen.’ Wintory’s music has been featured in many independent films and games, but Journey has been his highest-profile work thus far. Earlier this year, Journey’s score became the highest-charting original videogame score ever on the Billboard 200 chart. … This marks the second time that games have been recognized in some fashion by the Grammy Awards. In 2010, composer Christopher Tin won ‘Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)’ for ‘Baba Yetu,’ the opening theme for the strategy game Civilization IV.” The cover story for the current issue of Symphony includes extensive discussion of Wintory’s score for Journey.

Posted December 11, 2012