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Ever since I was a kid I’ve been amazed by video games and, to this day, I still am. In 1995 I started making my own games together with my coder and musician friend Tobias Carlsson. We used Commodore’s Amiga as our platform and I was in charge of drawing pixel art in Deluxe Paint. At this time I also started writing music with Pro Tracker. We created many games although few were completed. In 2001 I started working as a concept and 3D artist at Massive Entertainment, it was my first real job as a game developer.

Since then I’ve gradually shifted my focus over to composing and sound design and today that’s almost exclusively what I do in games. Part of what I love about writing music for games is the challenge. You constantly have to extend your comfort zone to create something that fits with the game. My background is in chip tunes, electronica, break beat, drum n bass, noise and general sound creation. Today I have expanded in to other territories like orchestral, big band, jazz, indie pop, surf, toy, rock, hip hop and whatnot. Generally I just try to find things that are fun to mix together.

If you would like to work with me on your project drop me a line at: email

 


 

Awards and nominations

Year Walk – Winner “Interactive Music and Sound Production” Dalecarlia Music Awards 2015

DEVICE 6 – Winner “Excellence in Audio” – Independent Games Festival 2014
DEVICE 6 – Winner “Apple Design Award” – the Apple World Wide Developer Conference 2014
DEVICE 6 – Nominated “Seumas McNally Grand Prize” – Independent Games Festival 2014
DEVICE 6 – Nominated “Audio Achievement” – BAFTA Games 2014
DEVICE 6 – Nominated “Mobile & Handheld” – BAFTA Games 2014
DEVICE 6 – Nominated “Best Handheld Audio” – G.A.N.G Awards 2014
DEVICE 6 – Nominated “Best Audio Mix” – G.A.N.G Awards 2014
DEVICE 6 – Nominated “Innovation” – Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2014
DEVICE 6 – Nominated “Handheld/Mobile” – Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2014
DEVICE 6 – Nominated “Excellence in Sound Design” IMGA 2014
DEVICE 6 – Winner “Best Mobile Game of 2013″ – IGN 2013
DEVICE 6 – Nominated “Best Overall Game” – IGN 2013
DEVICE 6 (Original Soundtrack) on Kotaku’s “Best Video Game Music Of 2013

ilomilo – Nominated “Best European Sound” – European Game Awards 2011
ilomilo – Winner “Best Childrens Game” – Nordic Game Awards 2011
ilomilo – Winner “Best Casual/Puzzle Game” – Pocket Gamer Awards 2011
ilomilo – Winner “Most Innovative Game” – Pocket Gamer Awards 2011
ilomilo – Winner “Windows Phone 7 Game of the Year” – Pocket Gamer Awards 2011

Interviews and blog stuff

Interview – The Ongaku: Daniel Olsén on writing the DEVICE 6 Soundtrack

Interview –  Develop Magazine : Heard about the musical grammar of DEVICE 6

Blog – The Making Of DEVICE 6 Music

Blog – The Making Of Year Walk Music

Interview – Daniel Olsén On Marching With The ilomilos

Interview – This Is Where Your Sound Comes From: Talking With Composer Daniel Olsén

Roundtable Interview With Emily Ridgway, Baiyon, Daisuke Amaya, Darren Korb, Mattias Häggström Gerdt, and Daniel Olsén

Album Reviews

DEVICE 6 – Game Music Online

ilomilo – Original Sound Version