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Industry Guru JASON GRAVES

Jason Graves has created unique soundtracks and sound effects for many high-profile video games, from Dead Space to Far Cry Primal. MusicTech meets one of the most in-demand video-game composers in the world…

MT Industry Gurus Jason Graves

Jason Graves has become one of the most successful game composers in recent years, having composed for some big name releases including Until Dawn, Evolve, The Order: 1886, Dead Space and the reboot of Tomb Raider.

Jason’s background in percussion lent itself perfectly to recent release, Far Cry Primal where he was called in to create a soundtrack with plenty of ritualistic percussion and also sound effects from the game’s Stone Age environment, including bushes, bones, antlers, clay pots and wooden artifacts.

With such a diverse background, Jason not only composes for games but creates his own music where he plays drums, percussion and guitar. But it’s the 100-plus soundtracks he’s worked on that have led him to record and compose in some of the world’s top studios, including Abbey Road, Air, Capitol Records, Fox, Paramount Pictures and Skywalker Sound. We found out more about composing for such a diverse range of genres and soundtracks…

It wasn’t until I made a contact in the game industry that I had my first creatively satisfying gig

MusicTech: Hi Jason, tell us a little about how you got into making music?

Jason Graves: I like to explain my career as a result of my parents never telling me I had to get a real job! I’ve always loved music, from a very young age, and started obsessing over playing instruments in middle school – piano, drums, handbells and a little Casio keyboard I got for Christmas in seventh grade. That Casio was really the beginning. So many sounds and drum beats! My addiction continued through high school – private lessons for snare drum, mallets, timpani and piano and a bolstering of my composition ideas through my band director. He was basically the icing on the cake for me: a very fun and inspirational teacher. I’ve had the pleasure of taking him to several of my recording sessions at Skywalker and Abbey Road. Talk about some full-circle moments!

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