The skilled composers behind Star Wars Jedi: Survivor struck Grammy gold last night for their rousing musical score. Gordy Haab and Stephen Barton earned the award for Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media, honoring their outstanding work on Respawn Entertainment’s acclaimed Star Wars title.
“What an honor. Thank you so much,” said Haab during his acceptance speech. “We’d both like to thank everyone at EA, in particular our co-producer Steve Schnurr for his leaderhip and creativity. Douglas Riley and our friends at Lucasfilm Games. Everyone at the Disney Music Group. My team: Sam, Marco and E.T. [and] my wonderful agent Sabrina Hutchinson. And most importantly my wife Michelle and my family back east who are watching from home, for a lifetime of love and support that led to a moment like this.”
“Seconding all of that,” added Barton. “Big thanks to Alan Meyerson our genius engineer. Nick Laviers, Max McGuire, Vince Zampella and the amazing team at Respawn and EA Music. We share this with all of you. Thanks to Harry Gregson-Williams, my mentor. And to Margret and Abbie I love you with all my heart, you make me possible. A special moment on this was we had the choristers from the Pilgrims’ School in Winchester record on this, and that reminded me about how music teachers are the most important thing. So I dedicate this to mine. Thank you so, so much.”
The pair beat out several big-name contenders like God of War Ragnarok and Hogwarts Legacy to claim the prize. Their victory comes during only the second year the Grammys has awarded a statue specifically for video game music. Haab and Barton carry on the legacy of emotional, cinematic scores that complement games’ gripping stories. Their music for Jedi: Survivor builds beautifully on foundations that captivated fans across the galaxy.
This award marks wonderful recognition of Haab, Barton and the artistry of modern interactive soundtracks. As games rival films in storytelling ambition, such scores immerse players as powerfully as a Hollywood blockbuster. Last night celebrated the composers whose auditory artistry makes those virtual worlds, like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, feel thrillingly real.
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