Killzone 2 takes an Ivor for best original soundtrack
Joris de Man, Killzone 2’s composer, left the Grosvenor House in London yesterday with an award for the “best original video game score” at the 55th Ivor Novello awards. It’s the first time the prestigious award ceremony has celebrated the video games industry. Does this mean games are now part of the establishment?
We would like to think so. Although, we cannot confirm that Joris de Man spent a wild celebrity evening alongside fellow winners Johnny Marr, Lilly Allen, Natasha Khan, Paolo Nutini, Paul Weller, Daniel Pemberton, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Imogen Heap, John Powell, Trevor Hor, Neil Sedaka and Sir Tim Rice.
For Mar Fishlock, the director of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, having a video games award was a sign that the Ivors is keeping up with the modern world:
“The Ivors has always sought to reflect the ever-changing world of songwriting and composing.”
If you would like to know more about Joris de Man, then check out an interview he conducted for the Killzone website. In the interview, the Dutch-born composer talked about his experience in the games industry – a relationship that has lasted for over a decade – and he discussed his influences.
So, a toast to de Man, and here’s hoping more game categories appear at reputable award ceremonies.