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Jared Emerson-Johnson - Composer/Sound Designer

In the summer of 2002, Jared Emerson-Johnson began his professional career as a compositional assistant and part copyist for the original orchestral score to Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb for LucasArts. The score, recorded by members of the Seattle Symphony, would go on several awards, including the Game Audio Network Guild's "Music of the Year" and "Best Live Performance Recording." In 2004 Jared received the Game Audio Network Guild’s first “Rookie of the Year” award. Since this promising debut he has continued to receive critical acclaim, including a 2007 Independent Game Festival award nomination for audio excellence in Bone: The Great Cow Race.

A glance at Jared's eclectic list of credits indicates the wide spectrum of genres in which Jared is proficient. His career has included everything from live orchestra to entirely electronic scoring. Most recently he has completed the jazz-infused scores for the award-winning episodic 1st and 2nd seasons of Sam & Max graphic adventure games for Telltale Games (including a deluxe 2-disc soundtrack album).

Jared has music composition, sound design, and voice direction credits on many of the top major video-game titles from the past five years including Sam & Max Season One, God of War, Psychonauts, Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords, Star Wars: Republic Commando, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Bone: Out From Boneville, America's Army: Rise of a Soldier, C.S.I. 3: Dimensions of Murder, C.S.I. 4: Hard Evidence, Lego Star Wars: The Original Trilogy, Alien Syndrome, James Bond: Everything or Nothing, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Jet Li: Rise To Honor, The Bard’s Tale, Star Wars: Apprentice to the Force, Death Jr. 2: Root of Evil, Thrillville: Off The Rails, Conan, Blacksite: Area 51, Full Auto 2: Battlelines, and Mercenaries.

In addition to his composition training, Jared is classically trained in conducting, violin, and voice. He holds a bachelor of arts degree (summa cum laude) from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Jared also teaches musical theater and opera performance to young singers. He performs regularly with a number of bands and classical ensembles. For the past several years he has been a featured lecturer and panel participant at the Game Developers' Conference and Wondercon.

Jared lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area..

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