Jeff van Dyck

aka: Jeff Dyck
Moby ID: 1125

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Respected composer, Jeff van Dyck was born and raised in Vancouver Canada. He was mentored by a childhood spent in studios with his father Ralph Dyck, also a composer and technology specialist. 

"My Dad worked in R & D for Roland and was pivotal in designing the modern sequencer as we know it today. I got to hang around when he worked with artists from Toto and Michael Jackson to Oscar Peterson and Paul Horn. I was constantly surrounded by professional musicians and the creative process. It was inevitable that creating music would become my life too."

Since then, Jeff has made it his life's work to evolve as a composer and technology specialist. In 1992, at the age of 23, Jeff began to make his mark as a composer/sound designer at Electronic Arts, working on classic computer game franchises including FIFA Soccer, NHL Hockey and the dynamic Need for Speed series.

After 5 years of sports games, Jeff was ready to take on more cinematic styles of composing. He relocated to Australia and began contracting to companies around the world creating orchestral, electronic and ethnic/historical soundtracks.

During this time, he started a decade long collaboration with one of the most successful RTS franchises in gaming - Total War. In 2001 he was rewarded for their first project with a BAFTA (British Academy Award) for the Japanese themed soundtrack to Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition. 

Jeff was once again nominated for a BAFTA in 2005 for his original soundtrack for Rome: Total War. The top-selling game garnered a string of awards which culminated in a cover feature in December's issue of Time Magazine. The soundtrack is still hailed by the gaming community as one of their all time favorite soundtracks and has been used for several documentary series on The History Channel and the BBC. 

Jeff continued to work in the game industry, as the Audio Director for The Creative Assembly. During a brief hiatus from Total War, Jeff worked on the innovative game Stormrise. He also scored his first feature film, Crooked Business. The independent Australian film was written and directed by AFI award winner Chris Nyst.

Jeff is currently working as a freelance composer / audio director, and has recently started working with KIXEYE on some of their up and coming games.

Credited on 59 games

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Submerged: Hidden Depths (2022, Windows) Music Composer & Sound Design
Unpacking (2021, Windows) Audio Director
Windbound (2020, Windows) Special Thanks
P.A.M.E.L.A. (2020, Windows) Music
Hand of Fate 2 (2017, Windows) Composer / Audio Director
Hollow Knight (Limited Edition) (2017, Windows) Special Thanks Music
Forts (2017, Windows) Music & Sound Design
Hollow Knight (2017, Windows) Special Thanks Music
Hand of Fate (First Edition) (2016, Linux) Composer
Assault Android Cactus (Limited Edition) (2016, Linux) Composer
Submerged (2015, Windows) Music
Alien: Isolation (2014, Windows) Additional Music and Direction
Hand of Fate (2014, Windows) Composer
Assault Android Cactus (2013, Windows) Composer
Total War Battles: Shogun (2012, Android) Audio Director & Composer
Total War: Shogun 2 (2011, Windows) Audio Director
Sonic Classic Collection (2010, Nintendo DS) Cinematics
Stormrise (2009, Windows) Cinematics and Audio Lead
Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms (2007, Windows) Music SFX & Dialog
Medieval II: Total War (2006, Windows) Music

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