Advisory Team Member
Principle Composer – HUGESound
Author Aaron Marks once wrote, “Chance Thomas is a composer’s composer. He is musically educated, technically astute and more passionate about music than just about anyone.”
This combination of education, technology and passion continues to drive a successful 20-year scoring career across film, video games and television. We’d like to share some highlights with you:
Lord of the Rings Online may be Chance’s most widely admired work. Each of his compositions is based on years of personal research into the literature – painstakingly crafting instrumental palettes, vocal ranges, stylistic tendencies and emotional conjuring based on direct references/inferences scattered throughout the text. According to Game Developer Magazine, the result is a score, “…drawn from the very pen of Tolkien’s writings, ringing of truth to anyone familiar with its pages.”
Chance has been entrusted with prestigious titles and high-value entertainment properties again and again in his career. James Cameron’s Avatar, Peter Jackson’s King Kong, The Hobbit, Star Wars, Monopoly, Dungeons & Dragons, Heroes of Might & Magic, Left Behind, X-Men and many more. He has a knack for unravelling the unique DNA of each IP, conveyed in music that is both original and unmistakeably expressive of each. That ability continues to win the trust of stake holders and the delight of fans worldwide.
His movie and TV scores includes an Oscar™ winning film (The ChubbChubbs), an Emmy™ winning PSA (Rise Above the Blues) and music for popular shows like Pawn Stars, Swamp Men and America’s Most Wanted. An extensive list of credits can be found on our CREDITS page.
Chance has also been an important innovator in video games. He spearheaded the design and implementation of one of the world’s first successful adaptive music systems based on digital audio streams (1997). He pioneered new techniques for composing game music including ambient set matrices (1996) and interactive scoring maps (2001). He created one of the first live orchestral scores in gaming (Quest for Glory V) and produced one of the first commercially successful game music soundtracks in America (50,000+ units).
His work has been highlighted in the New York Times, USA TODAY, Business Week, Entertainment Weekly, Wired Magazine and many regional newspapers and publications. He has been honored by more than 40 industry awards and nominations, including half a dozen for MUSIC OF THE YEAR.
In the late 1990’s Chance led a successful movement which brought game music into the Grammy Awards™. He helped found the Game Audio Network Guild and is a former Chair of the Music and Sound Peer Committees for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.
Chance has also held important positions at major entertainment studios. He worked as Franchise Music Director at Vivendi-Universal supervising all Lord of the Rings titles. He built audio studios, production pipelines, staffed an audio department and shipped half a dozen titles as Studio Audio Director for Electronic Arts. As Senior Music Producer for Sierra Entertainment, he led out with many innovations in game music design, music production and public awareness.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for G.A.N.G. and on the Audio Advisory Board for the Game Developers Conference.
SPEAKING & EDUCATION
Chance is a popular guest lecturer and keynote speaker at universities, colleges and professional conferences. He has presented Master classes at California State University, Brigham Young University, Oklahoma City University, Utah Valley University, Full Sail University, Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute of Hollywood.
He has been a keynote speaker at GameSoundCon, the top-rated lecturer at GDC, a workshop instructor for High Voltage Seminars, a presenter at the Interactive Academy Awards and the inaugural speaker for Stadium Red’s Masters Series.
Chance was instrumental in designing the curriculum for Musicians Institute’s first Bachelor’s degree program in music composition, Music Scoring for Visual Media. He is a contributing author to several texts and sole author of published articles in professional trades. Chance holds a degree in music from Brigham Young University, cum laude.