Paul Lipson

Personal Info

Full Name

Paul Lipson

Bio

An award-winning executive, audio director and composer, Paul’s career has taken him all over the world and has helped him innovate and advocate as a leading figure in the interactive entertainment industry. As the creative leader of Formosa Interactive, he works as the Vice President of Creative Services – driving strategy, content development, and audio pipelines with the famed award winning team in Burbank, California.

Paul previously worked as Senior Audio Director at Microsoft Studios/343 Industries , and the Chief Operating Officer of Pyramind Studios before that. He has composed award-winning scores and managed extensive AAA audio pipelines for an array of leading clients like Microsoft Game Studios, SEGA, 343 Industries, Ubisoft, LucasArts, 2K Games, Sony Computer Entertainment, EA, Hewlitt-Packard, Harmonix, etc.. Recent AAA game credits include Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo: Online, Halo: Spartan Strike, Halo: Nightfall, Halo Channel, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Motorsport 5, Halo:Spartan Assault, Crimson Dragon, Project Spark, Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Galactic Reign, Crimson Dragon, Microsoft Flight, Infamous 2, Halo:Waypoint, 5th Cell’s Hybrid, Rocksmith, Bioshock 2, Iron Man 2, Lego Indiana Jones:The Adventure Continues, and many more. Paul and his team have been nominated for numerous awards, and recently won Best Original Instrumental at the 2015 GANG Awards, Best Original Soundtrack Album at the 2014 GANG Awards, the Best Interactive Score and Best Use of Licensed Music awards at the 2012 GANG Awards, and the Best Audio – Other Award at the 2011 GANG awards/GDC for work on the Halo Universe. Paul was also awarded the GANG Distinguished Service Award at the 2006 GANG Awards/GDC for his wide-ranging work in interactive audio.

Paul is extremely passionate about audio and the advancement of the video game industry, and served as the President of the Game Audio Network Guild – the world’s largest organization of game audio professionals – for a six year term. He is now Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of G.A.N.G, and has worked closely with the Officers to originate the industry-first Program Partnership Initiative, and was the mastermind behind the Guild Scholarship Award for Game Audio and the Guild’s worldwide advisor and director network. He was also a founding member of G.A.N.G’s Pro Branches, including the Interactive Entertainment Sound Developers (IESD) and the G.A.N.G Voice Actor Coalition (GVAC).

Paul is an active speaker and presenter, and has conducted panels, lectures, and master classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, Berklee College of Music, Musician’s Institute, Georgia Tech, SIGGRAPH, GDC, GameSoundCon, Pyramind Studios, AES Conference, New England Conservatory, Art Institute San Francisco, GRAMMY Soundtables, The Connecticut Film Festival, and at the Conservatory of Pernambuco in Brazil.

Paul has also studied music for twenty-five years, with a focus on jazz studies and classical/orchestral music. He has lead his ensembles at venues across the United States, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Brazil, and has performed and recorded with world-renowned jazz musicians including Clark Terry, George Russell, Eric Marienthal, Bob Moses, Jimmy Giuffre, Gene Bertoncini, Mick Goodrick, John Abercrombie, Tim Miller, Bevan Manson, John McNeil, and Rick DiMuzio.

Paul holds a BM and MM with summa/highest distinction from the world-renowned New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He is a member of the International Game Developers Association, The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, BMI, The Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing Advisory Council, and the Game Audio Network Guild.

Personal Website

http://www.paul-lipson

Country

USA

City

Glendale

State

CA

Postal / Zip code

91202

Work

Years of Experience

16 years or more

Game platforms you've worked with

iOS, PC/MAC, XBOX 360, XBOX ONE, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, Wii, DS, Facebook

Skills

Performer, Composer, Sound Designer, Audio Director, Music Supervisor, Sound Supervisor, Voice Direction, Music Producer, Orchestrator, Casting Director, Field Recordist, Music Editor

Instrument Skills

Guitar, Upright Bass, Drum Kit, Bass Guitar

My Awards

Winner – 14th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards, Halo: Spartan Strike – Best Handheld Audio
Nominee – 2016 ASCAP Composer’s Choice Awards, Halo: Spartan Strike
Winner – MPSE Golden Reel, Halo: Nightfall
Nominee – MPSE Golden Reel, Best Cinematic Audio, Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Nominee – Music of The Year, Halo: the Master Chief Collection
Nominee – Best Original Soundtrack Album, Halo 2 Anniversary
Nominee – Best Cinematic Audio, Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Nominee – Best Original Song: Pop, “Breaking the Covenant”, Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Winner – Best Original Instrumental, “Halo Theme Gungnir Mix feat. Steve Vai”
Nominee – Best Audio Mix, Halo: Master Chief Collection
Nominee – Best Original Instrumental, Sunset Overdrive
Winner – Best Original Soundtrack Album, Halo: Spartan Assault
Nominee – Best Handheld Audio, Halo: Spartan Assault
Nominee – Best Original Vocal – Choral, Halo: Spartan Assault
Nominee – Best Score, Halo:Spartan Assault, Hollywood Music in Media Awards
Nominee – Best Score, Galactic Reign, Hollywood Music in Media Awards
Winner -Best Interactive Score, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, GANG Awards
Winner – Best Use of Licensed Music, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, GANG Awards
Nominee – Music of the Year, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, GANG Awards
Nominee – Best Original Instrumental, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, GANG Awards
Nominee – Best Original Soundtrack Album, Halo:Anniversary, GANG Awards
Winner – Best Audio Other, Halo: The Return, GANG Awards
Winner – Distinguished Service Award, GANG Awards

Games I've worked on

Halo Wars 2 (2017)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Halo: The Fall of Reach

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo Online

Halo: Spartan Strike

Halo 2 Anniversary

Halo: Nightfall

The Halo Channel

Sunset Overdrive

Forza Motorsport 5

Crimson Dragon

Powerstar Golf

Xbox Fitness

Ascend: Hand of Kul

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death

Halo: Spartan Assault

Galactic Reign

Prime World

Microsoft Flight

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Infamous 2

Rocksmith

Hybrid

Skyfall

Halo: Headhunters

Halo: Mona Lisa

Iron Man 2

MAG

Bioshock 2

Lego Indiana Jones 2

Halo: The Return

Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

The Axe

….and a bunch more…

Current Employer

Formosa Interactive

Employer's website

http://www.formosagroup.com

Current Title

Vice President of Creative Services

Previous companies you worked for and job title there (optional)

Senior Audio Director – Microsoft
Chief Operating Officer – Pyramind Studios
President, Game Audio Network Guild
Chief Academic Officer – Expression College for Digital Arts
Ownder/Founder – Hit Point Music