Nominated for Best Action Game of 2007 at 1UP Awards
(Los Angeles, CA) Award-winning composer Christopher Lennertz has the very animated score for EA’s “The Simpsons Game,” just nominated for Best Action Game of 2007 at the annual 1Up Awards. “The Simpsons Game” available for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation Portable (PSP) system, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo DS released in tandem with the ground-breaking series’ 400th episode. 1Up will announce the winners in February 2008.
With parodies of the video game industry, pop culture and current events, “The Simpsons Game” has the same subversive humor and smart wit as the critically acclaimed TV series where the Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie battle to break free of the video game world and save Springfield. With only a short time to develop the music, Lennertz worked with Timothy Wynn (The Punisher) for the bulk of the music. Wynn worked with Lennertz before on numerous projects including the recent “Warhawk” score and the music for TV’s “Supernatural.”
The pair recorded over and hour-and-a-half of music with a 75-piece orchestra at the famous Skywalker Ranch. Interestingly, they spent a week there recording separate sessions for different orchestra sections such as brass or strings in order to allow the score to react to what the player is doing at any point in the game. “As the level gets more intense, the music will do the same,” explains Lennertz. “Often times the games that were parodied had similarities to other music or scores…we focused mainly on the root of the music, rather than the various offshoots,” says Lennertz. “All in all, we tried to create a very focused style for each level that played to the conventions of that particular genre.”
No stranger to the world of composing for video games, Lennertz received the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Award for “Medal of Honor: Rising Sun.” His powerful, full orchestral score for the Stephen Spielberg-created videogame led him to score more “Medal of Honor” games (“Medal of Honor Pacific Assault” and “Medal of Honor European Assault”) as well as the popular James Bond videogame, “From Russia With Love.” Most recently he was celebrated for his epic score for the Western adventure game “Gun.”
Christopher Lennertz has composed for film and television as well as videogames. His music awards and nominations include, an Emmy for the CW’s “Supernatural,” three 2007 Film & TV Music Awards for “Supernatural” and “Tortilla Heaven,(collaborating with Ozomatli and The Don B. Ray Educational Achievement Award.
Lennertz’ musical education began at the age of nine. After learning to play the trumpet and guitar, he then studied composition, jazz arranging, and theory in high school. He moved to L.A. to study at USC’s film music program with composers David Raksin (Laura), Christopher Young (Spiderman 3) and Basil Poledoris (Conan The Barbarian).
Lennertz additional credits include: “Soul Plane” in which he collaborated with RZA (Wu-Tang Clan), “Baby Face Nelson,” “Art House,” Fox’s “Brimstone,” and MTV’s “Tough Enough,” which appeared on the Billboard top 100 charts for weeks. He recently scored the sports parody film, “The Comebacks,” the family romance “The Perfect Christmas,” and the live action/CGI hit, “Alvin & The Chipmunks.”
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