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New York - May 15th, 2006 - Winifred Phillips, a multiple award winning composer for video games, radio, television and film, has created the theatrical score for The Da Vinci Code video game, developed by The Collective for 2K Games. The video game is based on the highly-anticipated The Da Vinci Code film by Oscar winning director Ron Howard, which is based on Dan Brown's critically acclaimed, best-selling novel. The video game(s) are timed to coincide with the film's world-wide release date of May 19th.
Selected by the development team at Collective Studios for her imaginative and innovative approach to choral composition, Winifred was given extensive creative control to produce an original sound for the game inspired by Dan Brown's novel. Embracing the developer's ambition, Winifred wrote more than one hundred tracks of dramatic and ethereal music for The Da Vinci Code video game that combines classical and liturgical techniques with an aggressive contemporary edge and all the orchestral power of a modern-day thriller. Phillips is a classically trained vocalist as well as a composer, so for the score she personally sang all the voices of a full symphonic chorus including sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.
Cordy Rierson, producer of The Da Vinci Code game at Collective Studios, said, "When we heard Winifred's music, we knew she was the one to bring the video game alive with inspiring and innovative sound. Her music and vocals provided vision and helped shape what is going to be a true one of a kind gaming experience."
J.P. Walton, audio director for the video game at Collective Studios, added, "Winifred's score is the perfect accompaniment to the game. Her melodic themes and haunting choral arrangements provide a wonderful backdrop to The Da Vinci Code. Once you hear it you won't believe that she alone performed every part!"
As an accomplished game composer, Winifred's music has won the 2005 Interactive Achievement Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences for "Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition," and four Game Audio Network Guild Awards in 2005, including the prestigious "Music of the Year" Award. Winifred is also the composer of award-winning musical scores for more than 100 music drama programs in the "Radio Tales" series, originally aired on National Public Radio and currently broadcast weekly to the more than six million subscribers of XM Satellite Radio. For this series, Winifred wrote music for such radio programs as "War of the Worlds," "Arabian Nights," "The Time Machine," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Gulliver's Travels," "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". Winifred has received four Gracie Awards from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television. She is also a New York Festivals World Medalist, and has been honored by the NFCB Golden Reel Awards and the Audio Publishers Association Awards. For more information please visit www.winifredphillips.com.
Doubleday has completed its 104th printing of the Dan Brown novel which will bring the total number of hardcover copies in print in North America to an unprecedented 12 million. It is the record-setting adult fiction hardcover bestseller, with 161 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, 55 of them at #1. In addition, 5 million paperback copies for North America were printed and released in the U.S. market March 28th. The novel currently has 57 million copies in print worldwide in all formats.
For more information about The Da Vinci Code video game please visit: http://www.2Kgames.com.
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About The Collective
Part of Foundation 9 Entertainment (www.F9E.com), the largest independent game developer in North America, The Collective is a leading developer of console video games, and known for groundbreaking third-person action adventure games. The Collective is based in Newport Beach, CA and can be found on the web at: www.collectivestudios.com.
The Collective, along with Backbone Entertainment, Pipeworks, ImaginEngine, and Digital Eclipse make up Foundation 9 Entertainment. The company's studios have developed more than 250 titles, including more than 50 in 2004 alone. Foundation 9 Entertainment employs more than 325 employees, and has offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Emeryville, Vancouver, Boston, Eugene, and Honolulu. For more information on Foundation 9 Entertainment, please visit: www.F9E.com.
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