Why video game composer Austin Wintory lives for awkward situations

“If everyone is trying to be some kind of weird, socially acceptable creature, then we’re not going to get anywhere,” said the Grammy-nominated composer at NYU last week.

It might sound a little odd for a bunch of NYU game development and engineering students to come see a musician give a two-plus hour talk, but Austin Wintory isn’t your “typical” composer.

Sure, Wintory is classically trained — practicing his passion in both NYU’s and the University of Southern California’s acclaimed music programs years ago — but the Los Angeles-based composer is most well-known for his work in the video game industry.

And he writes music for video games with a very specific purpose.

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