For New Composers Breaking Into the Game Music Business

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Breaking Into the Business

I’m often asked for the secret to breaking into the business of composing music for games. I dedicated a chapter of my book to that topic, so I’ve definitely given the issue a good deal of thought, but I’ll admit that it’s a complicated and difficult road for every newcomer to traverse. The toughest aspect of the journey is at the very beginning, when those initial efforts to secure work don’t immediately pay off. Patience and faith are both important virtues, but they don’t offer a lot of comfort at the beginning of an aspiring game composer’s career. While in my book I tried to supply as much useful information on the topic as I could glean from my own career and my experience in the business, I know that everyone has a different path to tread, each with its own unique challenges. So I’m going to dedicate this blog to a list of articles and community discussions about how to break into the business of composing music for games, written by a lot of smart folks with experiences to share and hard-won advice to impart. In the ensuing heap of game industry wisdom to be gathered from these articles, I hope that a few newcomers will find some helpful guidance, and a modicum of comfort as well.

How to be a video game music composer – Tips from the pros
by Sophia Tong, GamesRadar.com
 
Music in the Gaming Industry – Getting a Job as a Game Composer
by Nelson Everhart, Kingsisle Blog
 
I want to be a game composer
GameDev.net community discussion
 
Getting Started as a Video Game Composer
by Bobby Prince, BPmusic.com
 
Where does an amateur composer find job, or is he heard?
Northern Sounds community discussion
 
How to Get Music in Video Games
by Kris Giampa and Erik Pettersson, Beatport.com
 
How to be a Video Game Composer
by Kevin Kelly, G4TV
 
Pursuing a Career in Game Audio
by Nathan Madsen, GameAudio101
 
How to Wrangle a Job Writing Music for Computer Games
by Lance Hayes, Andertons Music Co.
 
Game Developers and Music Composers – How do you network?
TIGForums community discussion
 
GDC 2011 Talks #1: Tips for Prospective Video Game Composers
by Laura Shigihara, SuperShigi.com
 
Advice for Breaking Into a Career in Composing Music for Videogames
by Lisa Horan, Mix Magazine

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