Winifred Phillips is a composer for video games, television, radio and film. She is a winner of the Interactive Achievement Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, a two-time winner of the Hollywood Music in Media Award, and the winner of several Game Audio Network Guild awards, including Music of the Year.
Phillips is also a published author of a comprehensive resource book about the field of game lmusic, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press.
Entitled A Composer's Guide to Game Music, the book offers a practical guide that leads an aspiring video game composer from acquiring the necessary creative skills to understanding the function of music in games to finding work in the field.
One of Phillips' latest projects as a video game composer is Assassin's Creed Liberation, from Ubisoft. Phillips' composed 100% of the music for this game. Her music for this game won a Global Music Award, a Hollywood Music in Media Award, a Game Audio Network Guild Award and a GameFocus Award. For Assassin's Creed Liberation, Phillips created a symphonic and choral score, enhanced with classical voice, instrumental soloists, African drum performances and tribal vocals.
Set in 18th Century New Orleans, the game presents a little-known period of American history through the eyes of a woman caught between two worlds - the aristocratic French society of her father, and the African heritage of her mother. This clash of cultures is expressed in the musical score, which sets baroque string orchestra against African percussion and voices.
Phillips was also a composer for the LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and LittleBigPlanet 2 video games. Both games have received enormous critical acclaim. In addition, she composed all the music for LittleBigPlanet 2: Toy Story. This DLC game was released by Media Molecule / Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for LittleBigPlanet 2.
Previously, Winifred composed the music for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - The Videogame from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, released in September 2010 alongside the film of the same name, directed by Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead) and produced by Animal Logic (Happy Feet, visual FX for 300). Winifred's music from the Legend of the Guardians videogame won a Hollywood Music in Media Award. The music of the Legend of the Guardians videogame was also an IFMCA Award finalist in the category of "Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media" from the International Film Music Critics Association.
Winifred's other videogame credits include the following:
God of War was a smash-hit action-adventure game released by Sony Computer Entertainment America. For her work on this game, Winifred received an Interactive Achievement Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition). The music she wrote for "God of War" also received four Game Audio Network Guild Awards, including "Music of the Year".
The Da Vinci Code™ was a videogame tie-in to the blockbuster movie directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks.
Speed Racer was a tie-in to the film starring Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, John Goodman and Susan Sarandon. For her work on this project, Winifred was a Hollywood Music Awards finalist.
Shrek the Third was released to coincide with the blockbuster movie premiere. Winifred's music for this game was nominated for a Game Audio Network Guild award.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released to coincide with the premiere of the film starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton (who personally approved all of Winifred's music for the game).
Spore Hero, from the "Spore" franchise. Winifred Phillips was named an International Film Music Critics Award finalist for her music for this game..
SimAnimals, from the bestselling "Sims™" series.
The Maw, released in January 2009 as the number one bestseller on XBox Live Arcade, winner of the Audience Choice Award (2008 PAX-10 showcase), finalist at the 2009 Independent Games Festival.
Fighter Within, from Ubisoft Entertainment.
Winifred's film and television credits include the Canadian coverage of the Olympic Games in Beijing, the 15th Annual Critics Choice Awards on VH1, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the feature film "Violent Memories", and the TV series America's Most Wanted, among others.
From 1992 to 2003, Winifred was the producer / composer of the award-winning Radio Tales series, for which she wrote the musical scores for over one hundred music drama programs. The series first aired via National Public Radio and then received a ten-year weekly broadcast run on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. For her work as a composer on this music series, Winifred is a four-time winner of the Gracie Award for artistic excellence and outstanding achievement from the Alliance for Women in Media.
In addition, Winifred is a New York Festivals WorldMedalist, and has been honored by the NFCB Golden Reel Awards and the Audio Publishers Association Awards.
For the past five years Winifred has served as a nominating committee panelist for the Best Original Score category of the Interactive Achievement Awards, presented by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. Service on an Interactive Achievement Awards nominating panel is limited to the most accomplished video game professionals, and is a testament to career achievement in the interactive entertainment industry. Winifred is the owner of Generations Productions LLC, an award-winning music studio and production company.