Tripod and Montaigne Stunned by Grammy Nomination for Video Game Score

Published February 2, 2024

In a surprising twist for the veteran Australian musical comedy group Tripod and singer Montaigne, a Grammy nomination has landed in their laps, marking a significant milestone in their diverse careers. Tripod members Scod, Yon, and Gatesy, along with Los Angeles-based game composer Austin Wintory and Sydney's Montaigne, find themselves contenders for the prestigious Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media award.

A Nomination Against the Odds

With 27 years of crafting musical comedy under their belt, Tripod never anticipated being considered for such a high-profile accolade in the music industry. They face stiff competition from major game franchises like Call of Duty and Hogwarts Legacy, but their work on the indie RPG Stray Gods stands out for its innovative blending of game narrative and music. Tripod, Montaigne, and Wintory are united by this groundbreaking project that brings a new dimension to interactive storytelling through song.

Unexpected Journeys to Grammy Recognition

Montaigne's journey to the Grammys was serendipitous, sparked by a tweet and a fortunate alignment with Summerfall Studios' needs. Tripod's path, however, involved a series of creative collaborations, including projects like This Gaming Life with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and writing tunes for the game Assassin's Creed Syndicate. It was their unique lyrical flair that caught the attention of Wintory, who later invited them to contribute to Stray Gods.

The COVID-19 pandemic presented challenges, as it forced the five contributors to work separately on the vast and complex task of integrating music with an interactive story. Nonetheless, they pushed through, creating a deeply engaging experience for gamers and music lovers alike. Their combined efforts have now led to a Grammy nod, which will soon bring them together for the first time in the same room at the award ceremony.

Grammy Night Approaches

The upcoming Grammy event promises to be a landmark moment for Tripod and Montaigne as they sit among music industry giants. Despite considering their chances at victory slim, the team cherishes the recognition of their creative achievements. As they navigate this unprecedented highlight in their careers, they jokingly compare their experience to the twists and turns of The Godfather, acknowledging that the Grammys have, in essence, disrupted their plans for a break.

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