Announced today, Rare composer Robin Beanland has won the Ivor Novello Award ‘Best Original Video Game Score’ for his work on Sea of a Thieves.
Now in its 64th year, the ceremony celebrates excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing, and also recognises a number of artists for their wider contribution to UK music.
With a 25 year career at Rare, Beanland’s work has spanned across every Rare title you can think of, such as Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day (the last of which won him a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award).
Following its release, 2018 also saw 4 different award nominations for the audio design and score.
A great example of Sea of Thieves soundtrack is from the Tall Tales trailer below:
If you haven’t heard Sea of Thieves’ stellar soundtrack, it’s something that needs to be experienced rather than listened to – loading up the playlist on YouTube simply won’t cut it. The sound design of the game (with various gameplay cues engineered to introduce specific musical motifs) means that the score itself is best experienced through the flow of organic gameplay. Almost every interaction sounds a different tune, and it’s when those themes interweave and overlay that the score truly shines.
From the score itself to the engineering that went into implementing it, the award is incredibly well deserved.