“My father worked in R & D for Roland and was the originator of the MC-8 micro-composer. I got to hang around when he worked with artists like Toto, Michael Jackson, 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.”
In 1992, at the age of 23, Jeff began to make his mark as an audio lead/ composer/sound designer at Electronic Arts, working on classic computer game franchises including FIFA Soccer, NHL, NBA and the iconic 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. He was rewarded for their first project with a BAFTA (British Academy Award) for the Japanese themed soundtrack to Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition.
A few years later, Jeff was once again BAFTA nominated for the soundtrack to 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 favourite soundtracks.
Jeff’s music has been licensed for several documentary series on The History Channel and the BBC. Jeff has scored several short films and a feature film, Crooked Business. In his spare time, he plays keys/drums in a band.
Jeff continues to work in the game industry, as the Audio Director for The Creative Assembly. He is currently working on add-ons to Shogun II : Total War and a new survival horror game based on Alien.
“Jeff is quite simply the best in the business! He’s a BAFTA award winning composer, with a deep understanding of how designing a superb sound scape can take your entertainment product to the next level. It’s a privilege to have had the opportunity to work with Jeff.”
“In the years that I have worked with Jeff van Dyck, he consistently proved himself to be everything I could think to ask for in an Audio Director…he is a perfectionist in the best way possible…he goes above and beyond to ensure that even the smallest aspects of audio are delivered at the highest possible quality, without ever failing to humbly consider the priorities of the project, and everyone on it.”
“Jeff is a both a highly skilled composer and audio director with a technical mind, professional approach and a wealth of experience. As well as being a tireless worker, his passion, attention to detail and thoroughness means the work produced is of a very high calibre above and beyond any one else I know or have heard of. He is an absolute inspiration to work with and I would recommend him in any area to do with sound or music in any field.”
“I personally worked with Jeff on multiple systems and found his help and guidance to be invaluable…he steered me around countless pitfalls I could have stepped into…his experience and influence touches more than just those who report to him.”
“Any studio or project would benefit from Jeff’s talent, expertise and experience. He is the complete package, and I certainly hope to work with him again in the future.”
“Jeff’s knowledge and passion for video game audio is remarkable. In less than a year working with him I feel like I gained a decade’s experience, as Jeff is so willing to share and teach. Jeff became a mentor for me and I appreciate every bit of help and support he gave me. His passion for audio in video games is incredible and the way he involves people in his work is what sets him apart as a manager, a teacher and colleague.”