Austin Wintory
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Ever composing in Seattle?


Austin Wintory responded on 03/01/2012
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I live in LA and so do basically all of my composing from here. However I have recorded lots of places (LA, London, Seattle and for Journey, in Macedonia).

I actually have the least experience with recording in Seattle, but I Looooove that city. My film A LITTLE HELP had its world premiere there, so the city has a very special place in my heart.

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What does Journey mean to you?


Austin Wintory responded on 02/29/2012
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I'd rather know what Journey means to you! I have my ideas, but it's a pretty personal experience. Please email / twitter / FB or whatever after March 13th and let me know your thoughts and reactions. Then maybe I'll say what it means to me :)

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Where do you get the inspiration for creating the music for a game like Journey?


Austin Wintory responded on 02/29/2012
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From the game itself!! The game is beautiful and I instantly fell in love with it. Very easy to be inspired by :)

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There was a recent Japanese trailer of Journey and it had an amazing score, so much that I love it. I'm asking if you were the only composer for journey? Journey DAY 1 for me. Thank you.


Austin Wintory responded on 02/29/2012
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Thank YOU! Is the Japanese trailer on YouTube? I'd love to see it! Post it to my twitter feed if you can! (@Awintory). And yes, I'm the only composer for the game. I wrote every note of music you will hear in it.

And thank you for your very nice words. I'm incredibly excited to share the game with the world on March 13th ... please let me know your thoughts after you play it!

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Will you create the soundtrack for the next or any future thatgamecompany games?


Austin Wintory responded on 02/29/2012
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I did flOw and Journey, and Vince Diamante did a wonderful job on Flower. What the future will hold is anyone's guess! :)

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Is there a track that you thought of where you came to the developers, played it for them, and said, "What if we have a moment based on this song?"


Austin Wintory responded on 02/29/2012
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Basically, the answer is yes. I'll have more detailed responses to this in some upcoming interviews that I'll be posting to twitter/FB ... but the short answer is that it was a very collaborative process in which we influenced each other in both directions.

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Will the soundtrack go on sale along w the game???


Austin Wintory responded on 02/29/2012
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There will definitely be a soundtrack release, though I can't say any more than that for now. My twitter feed and FB page will announce details the instant I'm able to!

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What computer programs are you using to compose music? or are you just using pencil and paper? thanks! your music is awesome!


Austin Wintory responded on 02/28/2012
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First off, thank you so much for the nice comment. We're two weeks away from the Journey release, so please email / facebook / twitter and let me know what you think after you've had a chance to explore!

Re: your question, I am most definitely a pencil and paper guy, at the onset. I like the feeling of paper when coming up with the initial ideas. On my facebook page I posted my original sketchbook that had the Journey theme in it (link below). However, once the original ideas are worked out, I quickly shift into working 100% in my software.

For sequencing, I use Digital Performer and all the various ancillary sample libraries, etc. For notation I use Finale. Pretty simple!

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What video games did you grow up playing?


Austin Wintory responded on 02/28/2012
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Well other than the initial first generation of consoles (NES: Mario, Zelda, et al), my first really powerful gaming experiences came with the LucasArts adventure games (Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and later games like Full Throttle, The Dig and possibly to this day my all-time favorite game: Grim Fandango).

I loooooved the music in those games as well, though the first time I remember being especially professionally impressed with a game score was, I think, Jeremy Soule's Total Annihilation.

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What kind of music do you mainly like to play?


Austin Wintory responded on 02/24/2012
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As a pianist my skills have gone down a lot over the years, so really when it comes to 'playing' music my main passion is to conduct. So for that, I must say I love conducting all kinds of music: classical (both repertoire and contemporary), film music and game music.

Last year I began a concert series in LA called Mythos which was a choral concert featuring film, game and classical music all interwoven together. Tremendous fun!