GANG’s Newsletter: November 2011

GANG Newsletter [Game Audio Network Guild]



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D.I.C.E. and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (& GANG discount for DICE!)


GANG members are certainly familiar with GDC, E3, PAX and several other game industry conventions, events and organizations, but this month we wanted to shine a little light on the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences! The Academy is a fantastic organization dedicated to the advnacement and recognition of the interactive arts (VIDEO GAMES!)

They also put on a great convention each year called the DICE Summit in Las Vegas. DICE is sort of a micro version of GDC, and we asked Debby Chen, Communications Manager for the Academy a whole bunch of questions about the Academy, DICE and what GANG members might have to gain from getting involved and checking out the DICE Summit.

We should also mention that the Academy is offering a very generous 30% discount to GANG members to attend DICE this year. Details on the discount can be found at the end of the interview!

Check out the interview HERE!


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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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Many of you have been asking about the GANG Awards nomination process for this upcoming GDC and 10th Year AnniversaryAwards Show.

We will begin to get the vote out sometime in January, asking all of you to help us make the nominations for this year’s categories. So as long as you are a member and have an MP3 or a YouTube link that you can send us to use in the nomination, you can nominate a post_title for an award.

Also, to be clear, you can nominate a game you worked on, or a game you didn’t work on, but that you feel strongly about, just as long as you can also submit a file or a link with the material that you are nominating.

So you’ll hear more about this in January…a LOT more.

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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 November 2011 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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