BAFTA-winning composer Garry Schyman is one of the world’s most celebrated voices in video game music as evidenced by his award-winning scores to the BioShock game series.
BAFTA-winning composer Garry Schyman is one of the world’s most celebrated voices in video game music as evidenced by his award-winning scores to the BioShock
game series, as well as dozens of hit games, films, and television productions. Schyman has most notably given the universe of BioShock
(including BioShock 2
and BioShock Infinite
) its musical identity, scoring the hugely successful game series with a blend of haunting beauty and terrifying unease. He paid playful homage to ’50s sci-fi with his score for the 2005 game Destroy All Humans!
(followed by two sequels), accelerated the heartbeat in action games like Resistance: Retribution
and Dante’s Inferno
, and gave a nod to the hypnotic style of Bernard Herrmann in the mystery game Voyeur
. Recently he entered the fantasy world of Tolkien for the adventure game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
. Schyman’s film and television credits span every genre, including classic series like The A-Team
and Magnum, P.I.
, stormy action (Tornado!
), thrillers (Horseplayer
, starring Brad Dourif), and family horror (Spooky House
, starring Ben Kingsley).
Schyman studied composition at the University of Southern California, and learned the ropes of media scoring working with veteran television composer Mike Post. “The most valuable thing a creative person has is their intuition,” he says. “Taking all of your knowledge, your insights and your understanding of music, culture and society, and then really distilling it into a musical idea. It takes place on an inner level of the thinking process that I’m not sure I can even describe but I think we all understand it—that inner voice that is telling us what feels right.”