Journey soundtrack nominated for Grammy Award

Composer Austin Wintory receives nomination for Journey in the Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media category at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

The soundtrack written for Thatgamecompany's PlayStation 3-exclusive adventure game Journey has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Composer Austin Wintory (Grace, Captain Abu Raed) received the nomination for Journey's soundtrack in the Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media category in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the only video game to be nominated at this year's awards. It also marks the first time a video game soundtrack has been nominated in the Grammys.

Wintory is up against John Williams for The Adventures Of Tintin--The Secret Of The Unicorn; Ludovic Bource for The Artist; Hans Zimmer for The Dark Knight Rises; Howard Shore for Hugo; and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Last year, American composer Christopher Tin took home the Grammy Award for Civilization IV opening song Baba Yetu, marking the first time a video game composition has won in the awards' history.

Journey was released on March 13 this year and quickly became the PlayStation Network's fastest-selling game of all time.

The Journey soundtrack is made up of 18 tracks composed and arranged by Wintory. It reached position 116 on the Billboard sales charts and made over 4000 sales in its first week of release, the second-highest charting video game soundtrack to date after 2007's Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Wintory told The Guardian earlier this year that he used the cello "to undergo a metamorphosis that exactly mirrors what the player is going through".

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tgwolf
tgwolf

The headache and strange aversion to any sound other than the music in Journey after watching it played reinforces my insisting that the game should have been so much more than a mere platformer with primitive-but-stylish graphics and a haunting musical score to carry it out of mediocrity. It was clear after watching that this game NEEDED and really badly suffered from a lack of interactivity, since the only part of my brain working here was really my auditory and perhaps a bit of visual and memory. More parts should have been firing here, and to give examples there was definitely a missing element of suspense and perhaps urgency to get the adrenaline up just enough to wake players up from the hypnotic presentation. No, this game could have been more, and I feel cheated by what we have been left with.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Wait but Civilization 4 was the first time a videogame song was nominated this is just another, right? Or the one from Civilization didn't count really because it was off different album or something - just used in videogame?

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Journey was a beautiful game all-around. Congrats!

tgwolf
tgwolf

This game is a great example of what continues to frustrate me about games in general and especially the ones I am keen to play...The environments and the mood are marvelous and the various elements that lend mysticism and emotional potency could well and should be used in other games, especially RPGs since those are perhaps my overall favorites, but also because they lend themselves, if done well, to exploration and discovery as well as immersion. The game Neverwinter Nights 2 stands out, since that game and it's style of play are quite well suited to this present mood and art of storytelling. ARPGs also would be suitable, such as an Elder Scrolls game. It seems plain to me how the two seeming opposites can find harmony and great success, the masterful blending of action and the ponderous and profound sense of wonder and mystery that this game seems to capture. In essence I am thinking of a slightly grittier Skyward Sword or something of that type. I don't see these two very desirable styles as anything but badly desperately needed for the making of a stunning game experience...What a shame there isn't one...

WheelerJared
WheelerJared

I love this game. I kind of want to go back and collect all the scarves. I didn't get mine as long as I would have liked the first time cause that damn giant ass stone machine snake monster ate half of it.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Granted the music wasn't terrible (and of course in saying that I am referring to soundtracks from games that are M-rated or otherwise despicable) I listened to it, granted that I like good music...I wasn't that impressed. I will candidly have to listen to the competition before I cast my vote, though in principle I support the game since it is one that hasn't sold an integral part of it's being, so to speak, by being rated M.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Best of luck, I hope to see this win 

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

Journey is one of those games I've played which aural, visual, gameplay, and artistic design and vision really matched and complemented each other perfectly. The piece for the final ascent was especially mesmerizing. Congrats to Wintory and thatgamecompany for the nomination, and may the best one wins.

leimonides
leimonides

While I don't place too much regard to these awards (there are some great pieces that don't get attention from this body) I remember hearing samples of the soundtrack and being very, very impressed with it. Although I have not had the ability to play The game myself (as the music is part if the gameplay) I am quite happy to hear it has this spotlight on it. I have not herd the other contenders but judging by the composers behind most of them, I'd say It's some serious contenders It's up against. What great company.

Rinnerz
Rinnerz

...I really need to play this game.

LightEffect
LightEffect

I wish I had a PS3 so I could play this, but I guess I'll have to wait. Great job to those guys for such a great game!

Apastron
Apastron

"...quickly became the PlayStation Network's fastest-selling game of all time. " Quickly, eh?

baxwam
baxwam

Congrtaz ThatGameCompany!!!

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Today, I am proud to be a gamer.

Sunuva22
Sunuva22

good stuff wish i had ps3 for this and other good ps3 only games

profilia
profilia

Brilliant music. A well-deserved nomination. :)

NTM23
NTM23

Oh wait... Maybe Journey is a fantastic soundtrack, but it's going up against The Dark Knight Rises. I'm not sure about that. And why is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo up there? That didn't come out this year did it?

NTM23
NTM23

Wow. I haven't played Journey, but this is still very cool.

Stringerboy
Stringerboy

Not surprising. A beautiful soundtrack to a beautiful game.

tannertehpianis
tannertehpianis

This is awesome. With so many amazing and beautiful video game soundtracks, it's stunning to think that this is the first video game soundtrack to be nominated.

liketires
liketires

I am genuinely happy to see this. Journey is an amazing game, but I think the soundtrack is what makes it really shine. It's seriously the best video game music I've ever heard.

BrickMcIronhard
BrickMcIronhard

Good for them! That soundtrack truly is fantastic and deserves all the accolades

president_bush
president_bush

This game just cannot get a break from all the high praise and honors. Now it is nominated for a Grammy. And it deserves it all.

Fiscaldeal
Fiscaldeal

Journey's story is told through music rather than words. Wintory composed a masterpiece, and I'm glad it's still getting attention.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

I forgot there was a game called Journey.

I was wondering why Don't Stop Believin' took this long to get a grammy.

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

Thats great. Every game ThatGameCompany creates comes with amazing music.

GymFox
GymFox

Well deserved for sure! I purchased the Journey OST the minute it was availalbe. Last time I listened to it in full I was on a train in North-Central China... Totally perfect.. 

livingonwheels
livingonwheels

Was I the only one who thought this had something to to with Journey the band(Steve Perry)?

SolidTy
SolidTy

Holy smokes, that's pretty EPIC. One more stepping stone towards Gaming being accepted/respected by the media and western public.

mehrdad19872010
mehrdad19872010

Hope it wins. Bare in mind it is the only in its category that tells a story. Non of the other soundtracks do that. they just convey emotion in each scene. Journey is nothing without its soundtrack.

Rat_King
Rat_King

Wow that's awesome. But look at that competition...

 

Score-wise, Journey is a strong contender. Reality/money/influence wise, I don't think I'll be placing my bet  just yet...

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

Good music, but I kind of wish I didn't spend $15 for it. If I had known how short it was, I would've bought Castle Crashers instead.

Strangethings
Strangethings

Beautiful music.  I play it all the time at work.

wumbo3000
wumbo3000

This is seriously awesome.  Journey's soundtrack was downright amazing, and it's fantastic to see it get the recognition it rightfully deserves.  Just another step in games being a part of mainstream media.  Kudos to the Grammy Awards.

maitkarro
maitkarro

@tgwolf Go play Call of Duty Black Ops II -.-, Journey wasn't meant to be action packed thrill ride, it was as good as it was and I liked it much more than any Call of Duty game.

johnnyshiv
johnnyshiv

 @tgwolf Bravo tgwolf. Bravo indeed. I played this game in one sitting and it was honestly one of the most immersive gaming experiences I've had in a long time. The mood and look of it are absolutely beautiful and the sweeping  "emotionally potent" score compels and stirs you to explore a wee bit deeper than you perhaps normally would do. The crescendo end sequence accompanied by the song "Apotheosis" is truly breathtaking and exhilarating. This is a game I constantly recommend to, well everyone I know who plays games. I listen to the soundtrack regularly and I'm well chuffed to see Wintory nominated.

Granpire
Granpire

 @tgwolf "granted that I like good music..." Wow. Pretentious much? Do you honestly think anyone would ever say they don't like good music? If you weren't that impressed, then at least explain why, in musical terms. Explaining the quality of your taste just makes you look like more of an idiot.

Granpire
Granpire

 @Apastron If you think of "quickly" as describing acceleration(not speed), it makes sense(sort of). Though it would be very odd if it slowly became the fastest-selling PSN game... :POK, it is awkward.

Pooey_Mess
Pooey_Mess

 @SolidTy I honestly think games are at that point.  Civ IV already has a Grammy, and Black Ops II earned a billion dollars faster than Avatar.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

 @mehrdad19872010 I have the exact same feeling. I actually wrote an email to Austin Wintory when I finished Journey to let him know how I felt. The game just wouldn't be the same otherwise.

Fiscaldeal
Fiscaldeal

 @00LiteYear If you judge Journey by its length, then you missed the point. Wow... I feel pretentious saying this.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

 @00LiteYear Cheaper than here and I still think it was worth it. It's pretty rare to get an experience like Journey. Who cares about the length? It's perfect, makes it easy to get it all in one sitting. This game really benefits from being played in a single sitting.

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @Pooey_Mess The Western World hasn't fully embraced gaming as other medias. There is still a negative stigma in the Western world associated with gaming. From gaming violence to gaming just being considered geeky, there is more work to be done.

BrickMcIronhard
BrickMcIronhard

 @Fiscaldeal  @00LiteYear It's true though, I see more and more people basing their purchases on how long a single playthrough is rather than on how good the actual game is. Journey may be short, but I played it like 5 times. Quality over quantity, people!