The Game Audio Network Guild has announced the nominees of the 11th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards. While the guild's own website hasn't posted an overview of the nominees yet, the full list of nominees can be found here. One of the most highly-regarded game sound awards, the G.A.N.G. Awards recognize music, sound design and voice acting as three distinct disciplines and cover the whole spectrum of game sound. Multiple nominees include Journey (7), Diablo III (5), The Unfinished Swan (5), World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (5), Halo 4 (5), The Darkness II (5), Uncharted: The Golden Abyss (4) and Dear Esther (4).
The much-anticipated score for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot has been made available for free streaming via AOL. The album contains 20 tracks and clocks in at a generous 74 minutes. Interest in the soundtrack has been high since the announcement that Jason Graves (Dead Space franchise, Resistance: Retribution) would be scoring the game. Tomb Raider's commercial soundtrack album will be released on March 5, and interested score fans can check out a behind the scenes interview on the creation of Tomb Raider's music on Jason Graves' website.
The International Film Music Critics Association has announced the winners of the 2012 IFMCA Awards. In the only game-relevant category, Austin Wintory continued his amazing run of award wins for Journey, taking home the award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media.
We are sorry to inform you that Kenji Eno has passed away. According to the Asahi Shimbun, he died of heart failure at age 42. Click the link for a full obituary.
In a world exclusive, Wayô Records will publish the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed title Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The two disc, 33 track release will feature the complete soundtrack for the game, composed by Studio Ghibli legend Joe Hisaishi and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. A further bonus is the 20-page booklet featuring artwork, lyrics, and background information. A relatively new label, Wayô Records previously localised the Kid Icarus: Uprising soundtrack and published the Of Orcs and Men album. The album can be pre-ordered now here.
Hisayoshi Ogura recently marked his return to game scoring with the independent shooter Vectors. This week, the game was released to Western audiences for iPhone and iPad here. Ogura's 13 minute soundtrack for the game, Silent Errors, has been released on the iTunes store. A physical release is coming from SuperSweep on February 26, complete with three bonus arrangements.