Clint Bajakian

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Full Name

Clint Bajakian


Clint Bajakian is an award winning composer and music producer, and leader in the field of game audio since 1991. Recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Game Audio Network Guild, Bajakian has dedicated his career to the creation of groundbreaking music and sound, advancement of game audio and development of its professionals. Career highlights include work on many award winning AAA musical scores, leading the Sony PlayStation music production group from 2004-2013, managing million dollar+ music budgets, and producing orchestral scores all over the world. At Sony, Bajakian established several programs, including orchestral production and budgeting practices, planning and recording on scoring stages all over the world, asset and workflow management systems, and dramatic approaches to scoring games including adaptive music designs. Prior to Sony, Bajakian founded and led the audio production company Bay Area Sound from 2000-2004. He co-led the LucasArts audio department as composer on many titles and sound design supervisor from 1991 to 2000. In 2013, Bajakian joined Pyramind Studios in San Francisco, returning to his creative roots of music composition and passion for developing creative teams.

In 2014, Bajakian composed original music for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, which won the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media award for Best Soundtrack for a Video Game. In 2013, Bajakian’s score to Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Sony PlayStation) won the Game Audio Network Guild award for Best Interactive Score. In 2010, Bajakian supervised recording on the celebrated soundtrack to Heavy Rain at Abbey Road Studios in London, which won the British Academy award for Best Original Score, and Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences award for Best Original Soundtrack. Bajakian served as senior music manager on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, 2009 winner of the British Academy Best Original Score, Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Best Original Soundtrack, GDC Choice Awards Best Audio, and G.A.N.G. Music of the Year. From 2004-2011, Bajakian produced the musical scores for God of War I, II and III at Sony PlayStation, all receiving awards and nominations for music, with God of War winning the AIAS Best Original Soundtrack in 2006. Bajakian’s original score to Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb (LucasArts) won four Game Audio Network Guild awards, including Music of the Year, Best Interactive Score, and Best Orchestral Recording. In 1997, Clint’s original score to the LucasArts Western shooter, Outlaws, won Outstanding Achievement in Original Music from Computer Gaming World.

Since 2000, Bajakian has been a leading speaker in game audio and is affiliated with several organizations. In 2002 he co-founded the Game Audio Network Guild and served as its first vice president, and has served on its board of directors since 2002. Bajakian served on the Steering Committee of the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group of the MIDI Manufacturer’s Association from 2002-2004. He has been a regular speaker at the Game Developers Conference since 2000, and has lectured at several universities and conferences including USC, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Expressions College for Digital Arts, Grammy, Society of Composers and Lyricists, MacWorld, and many more. Bajakian has served since 2009 on the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences judging panel for Best Original Soundtrack, and on the Board of Overseers for New England Conservatory since 2013.

Bajakian holds a Bachelor of Music double-degree in Classical Guitar Performance and Music Theory from the New England Conservatory, and a Master of Music degree in Music Composition from The University of Michigan. Clint resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

Personal Website

Address 1

141 Del Oro Lagoon

Address 2

Bel Marin Keys


United States





Postal / Zip code



Years of Experience

16 years or more

Game platforms you've worked with

iOS, PC/MAC, XBOX 360, XBOX ONE, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Playstation Vita


Performer, Composer, Sound Designer, Audio Director, Voiceover Artist, Music Supervisor, Sound Supervisor, Music Producer, Field Recordist, Music Editor

Instrument Skills

Guitar, Piano

My Awards

Hollywood Music in Media, Best Sound track for Video Game, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor 2014
Game Audio Network Guild, Lifetime Achievement Award 2013
British Academy BAFTA, Original Music Nomination – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception 2012
Distinguished Alumni Award, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston MA 2012
Square Enix Award for Special Achievement, “Bajakian one of driving forces in evolution of VG music” 2010
British Academy BAFTA Original Music Award – Heavy Rain (Scoring Supervisor) 2010
British Academy BAFTA Original Music Award – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sr. Music Manager) 2010
Game Developer Choice Awards, Best Audio, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2010
Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Original Music – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2009
Distinguished Alumni Award, The Fenn School, Concord MA, 2008
Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Original Music, God of War (Music Supervision) 2006
Game Audio Network Guild awards, Music of the Year; Best Interactive Score; Best Live
Performance Recording; Indiana Jones and The Emperor’s Tomb, (Original Music) 2004
Computer Gaming World, Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition, Outlaws, (Original Music) 1997

Games I've worked on

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
Uncharted 1, 2, 3; Golden Abyss
God of War 1 ,2,3
inFamous franchise
SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs franchise
Sly Cooper 3
Star Wars (many)
Indiana Jones and The Emperor’s Tomb (many more)
Grim Fandango
Monkey Island franchise
San n Max Hit the Road
Full Throttle
The Dig
Maniac Mansion2: Day of the Tentacle

Current Employer

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Employer's website

Current Title

Professor Technology and Applied Composition Dept.

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

Sr. Music Manager Sony Computer Entertainment America 9 yrs
President, Founder Bay Area Sound 4 yrs
Composer, Sound Design Supervisor LucasArts Entertainment 9 yrs