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Bio Shock, Call Of Duty 4, Halo 3, The Orange Box, and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune compete for the award; winner to be announced October 3rd in San Francisco

June 26, 2008– Walnut Creek, CA– The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, presenters of the Technical Excellence&Creativity Awards, and G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild) have announced that the San Francisco-based group will sponsor the award for Creative Achievement in Interactive Entertainment Sound Production at the 24th Annual TEC Awards. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday, October 3rd at San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel.

The TEC Awards is the world’s most prestigious forum for recognizing outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product innovation. The nine categories of Creative Achievement, to which the Interactive Entertainment Sound category was added in 2007, recognize the producers, engineers, sound designers, production faciities and others behind the sound of hit recordings, tours, films, TV shows and other entertainment media.

“Since launching the Interactive Entertainment category, we have been building bridges to the game sound community,” said Hillel Resner, president of the Mix Foundation.“G.A.N.G. is a highly respected organization that speaks to and for this important group of professionals, and we are honored to have their participation.”

G.A.N.G. is a global non-profit organization working to advance the interactive audio industry by providing information, instruction and policy to its members and enthusiasts around the world. G.A.N.G. empowers game development communities by establishing resources and recognition for education, business and development professionals.

G.A.N.G. also supports career development for students and aspiring game audio professionals and utilizes sponsorships and partnerships to empower like-minded organizations. For more information, www.audiogang.org

"There is a natural synergy between G.A.N.G. and the Mix Foundation’s TEC Awards", says Paul Lipson, President of the Game Audio Network Guild. "Working through our Program Partnership framework, we are able to support the Awards and bring the world of audio for interactive media to a larger, shared constituency. We’re delighted to see the TEC Awards acknowledge the importance of sound for interactive media".

Nominees for this year’s award for Interactive Entertainment Sound Production are:

Bioshock, 2K Games

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Activision

Halo 3, Microsoft Game Studios

The Orange Box, EA Games

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, SCEA

The 24th Annual TEC Awards will be held on the second night of the Audio Engineering Society Convention (AES) at the Moscone Center Oct. 2-5. The awards ceremony is expected to draw more than 700 top sound and music professionals from around the world. Funds derived from the banquet and ceremony are donated to organizations working to promote safe listening practices in the music environment, including House Ear Institute’s outreach campaign to teenagers and various audio education scholarships. For tickets and sponsorship information, contact Executive Director Karen Dunn at 925-939-6149 or Karen@tecwards.org.

The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio is a 501?(3) non-profit, charitable organization headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. The TEC Awards is sponsored by Mix magazine, the professional audio industry’s leading international monthly, published by Penton Media. Other top-tier sponsors include the Gibson Foundation (Sponsor of the Les Paul Award), Sustaining Sponsor Harman Pro Group, Guitar Center Professional, North American Music&Sound, RODE Microphones/Event Electronics, Sennheiser Electronics and Universal Audio, sponsor of Video pre- and post-production. Event sound will be provided by Meyer Sound Labs and subsequent webcast by Broadjam.com.

For a complete list of the 2008 TEC Awards Creative Achievement Nominees, please visit http://mixfoundation.org/tec/08nomineescreat.html

For more details about the Mix Foundation and TEC Awards, please visit www.mixfoundation.org.

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