MIGW21 shines a spotlight on Victorian game composers

Composer Dan Golding speaks to the amazing work being achieved in video game music composition in Victoria.
Innchanted, mentioned as part of MIGW21 video on game composition

In celebration of Melbourne International Games Week 2021 (MIGW21), Creative Victoria is releasing a series of videos, with support from GamesHub, that shine a spotlight on the strength of the state’s video game development scene.

The first video features notable composer, writer, ABC radio presenter, and academic Dr Daniel Golding speaking to the quality and diversity of video game music composed in Victoria.

Golding’s work on Untitled Goose Game was the first-ever video game soundtrack to receive an ARIA Award nomination.

Notable shoutouts include Golding’s ABC Classic colleague Meena Shamaly for his composition work on Innchanted, which is set in a fantasy world based on Australian Indigenous mythology.

They also go to Maize Wallin for their work on Wayward Strand, and Belinda Coombes who composed the dark sounds of Ring of Pain.

Golding also speaks to his excitement about MIGW21 being a place to discover new work emerging creators in the game space, no doubt at events like Parallels, a showcase of in-development Australian games.

Golding is also one of the mentors of Wordplay, a games writing mentorship program running as part of MIGW21 in partnership with GamesHub.

Edmond is the managing editor of GamesHub. He was previously at GameSpot for 13 years, where he was the Australian Editor and an award-winning video producer. You can follow him @EdmondTran