GANG Newsletter: January 2012

GANG Newsletter [Game Audio Network Guild]


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Dear G.A.N.G. Member:


So we are providing key dates here for you in regards to GANG related events and panels.


This year we are taking ALL demo derby submissions online through the GANG site in order to spend more time on your submissions during the panels, and less time queuing up tracks & introducing the submissions.

More information and dates are available at the GANG site here


Submissions will be accepted from FEBRUARY 8th – FEBRUARY 22nd

Voting will open from FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 2

Go to the link below for this year’s theme! Prizes will include sound and instrument libraries from Impact Soundworks, 8DIO, Nine Volt Audio, Cinesamples, PSP Audio, Boom Library, The Recordist, Heaviocity, Sound Iron and more!

More information and dates are available at the GANG site here


Final nominees announced and voting opens on FEBRUARY 8th

Voting closes FEBRUARY 16th

Winners announced at the GANG Awards at GDC San Francisco March 7-9 (exact date and time TBA)



As usual there will be another BIG bash after the awards show over at Pyramind Studios.

Details will be available soon, but there will be our annual raffle with prizes from Cinesamples, The Recordist, BOOM Library, SoundIron, PSP Audio, 8DIO, Heaviocity, Impact Soundworks, Nine Volt Audio, and more.

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GANG Member Panels & Talks @ GDC


We’re beginning a list of Audio Sessions for GDC – if you are doing a session this year, please send your session info to [email protected]

This isn’t meant to be a complete list, just getting things started…

Audio Boot Camp
S. Selfon, J. Graves, MS Anderson, G. Taylor, J. Byrd, A. Hirst, S. Pimentel

Audio Evolution in Social Games: Not Just a 15 second 60kpbs loop anymore! Dren McDonald

GANG Demo Derby Music Composition P. Lipson, T. Salta, C. Bajakian, J. Hayes, C.Thomas

GANG Demo Derby Sound Deisgn P. Lipson, E. Ridgway, G. Semel, S. Gershin, D. McDonald

Spot the Difference: AAA vs. Indie VO Techniques M . Csurics & D. Gilbert

Squeeze Play: The State of Ady0 Cmprshn Scott Selfon

The Art of Noise: Incorporating Aleatoric Techniques in Your Scores G. Shyman & J. Graves

Complete list of GDC Audio Track

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If you plan on going to GDC this year (and we hope that you do) and you are planning to submit an entry for either the SOUND DESIGN DEMO DERBY or the COMPOSERS DEMO DERBY, here is some IMPORTANT information for you.

This year we will be accepting your submissions ONLINE in FEBRUARY.

Yes, we will no longer be accepting your discs, thumb drives, dvds, cassetes or VHS tapes at the door of the Derby. If you’ve been to the derby, you know how long it takes for us to wrangle all of the media together, maybe try to find the correct file to play, skip to the correct song, etc. Included in the session time is all the time it takes for the person submitting to introduce themselves, talk about the project etc before we even play the material.

Our goal is to serve as many of you as possible, and we would also like to be able to LET YOU KNOW in ADVANCE that your demo will get a listen. Wouldn’t it be nice to chill out when you wake up the morning of the derby, knowing you won’t have to stress about getting your demo in on time?!

So we will be sending more news soon, but essentially we will start accepting demos one day in February, and do a lotteryafter the deadline to see how many get in.

The other advantage is that we will have the demos in advance, we will put them in a powerpoint slide deck, and we can include YOUR CONTACT info on each slide with your music/sound design, so that everyone in the room knows how to get in contact with you.

The slide will also provide some back story for your project so that you don’t have to spend time explaining the project to the panel.

We’ve done this once in the Fall Summit demo derby, and at GameSoundCon and so far it’s working pretty well. There wil also be a checks/balances system set up, where we will post a list of all of the demos that we received so in case there was a technical error in submitting a file, we can catch that error and include any missing files before we run the lottery.

We think this is a fair approach to the derby concept and we are trying to include as many folks as possible since these are such popular panels.

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G.A.N.G. Discounts in Effect


Because you are a member of G.A.N.G. you can now receive any of these amazing and generous discounts!

SoundCloud Offers a NewDiscount to GANG Members

CAMEL Audio 25% off GANG Discount

IK Multimedia 25% off software GANG Discount

Flying Hand Percussion GANG Discount

SoundRangers 20% GANG Discount

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It’s the January 2012 BLURBS, a place where YOU can send us all of your little bits of news each month. Have an announcement, a new project, a new blog post, a funny story, a new pet? Let us know

Check it out….IT’S THE BLURBS!

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