Readers Offer Their Reviews

From Dr. Benjamin Taylor, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Composition Academy Program Director: 

"If only I could have read something like this when I was a student! Chance is giving us a real life, under the hood, behind the scenes look at what it means to be a professional composer. The writing is informal and conversational; full of great experiences and stories.

It feels like I'm sitting back listening to an informative podcast interview or a TED talk. I'll be recommending this to all my composition students!"

From Alison Plante, Berklee College of Music, Professor of Screen Scoring: 

"As a lifelong Tolkien fan I was quite interested in the whole LOTR saga! And as a media composer and educator I appreciated the lessons to be drawn from both the successes and failures described in this memoir.

This makes the book a valuable read, filled with transferable lessons for those interested in the ever-evolving world of video game scoring and how to pursue a sustainable, achievable career in this field."


KIMBERLY HOU - ”The book is riveting throughout, and I refer to it as both a reference guidebook and a heartwarming, inspiring memoir. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience, for generations more to come!"  ||  RACHEL ROBISON - “I immediately felt inspired from the very first page, but I LOVED the way you approached forgiveness and resilience in ‘The Rise and Fall of HUGEsound’ (chapter 15)."  ||  RICHARD LUDLOW - "Something I've really enjoyed in ‘Making it HUGE in Video Games’ is its glimpse into the history and evolution of our community. Stories of individuals like the late Bob Rice (chapter10) are a treasure that I am very happy to see preserved in the pages of Chance's book!" ||  ANNIE ROSEVEAR - “I love that you did Half Dome expeditions (chapter 15). How cool that you incorporated music, socializing, and doing something hard all in one!”  ||  GEORGE “FAT MAN” SANGER - “I enjoyed (chapter 10) and I like that you handled the section with kindness, integrity and grace. I also enjoyed the Avatar 2 chapter (chapter 18).”  ||  MARTY O'DONNELL - "I’m still trying to picture you as Roy Orbison (chapter 1).”  😎  

ARIEL MANN - “Chance is a brilliant story teller. Very engaging and extremely informative! My favorite part in the book so far has been the letter sent to the Avatar team (chapter 9), especially the sentence, “We are more likely to find profound inspiration in the face of profound difficulty.” 🤯  ||  DANIEL SWAIN - “The book is extremely inspiring. I have never read a book so customised to my own journey. I am really happy this book exists! It is a customised bible of knowledge."  ||  CARLO TUZZA - “I love the way you write. It inspires me every day. I can see how you face challenges and find it truly inspiring!”  ||  JILLIAN AVERSA - “One of my favorite moments in Chance’s wonderful memoir is his recollection of the keynote speech he delivered at the very first GameSoundCon (chapter 10). Persistence? Yes. Creative determination? You bet. There is so much to glean from his experiences and positive attitude. It’s infectious.”  ||  NIKHIL KOPARKAR - “I absolutely love the way you landed the Avatar gig (chapter 9). The letter you wrote was so full of passion and vitality, selling them on the vision of what's possible. What a great idea!” ||  THEO NOGUIERA - Reading about your journey and all the behind-the-scenes situations is priceless. But how you started (chapter 1) inspired me the most!"   

JUSTIN ROSANDER - “I just finished reading ‘Making it HUGE in Video Games.’ What a page turner! I enjoyed the chapters that followed the stuff you were doing with Middle-earth games the most (chapter 3 and chapter 7). When things fell apart with HUGEsound, I have to say I shed a tear myself (chapter 16).“  ||  KARINA PARDUS - “Your advice for creative persistence, and being frugal but not miserly, especially stuck in this reading (chapter 21). As always, your hopeful enthusiasm for the future is contagious and shines through.”  ||  MICHAEL BOGA - I admire your tendency to uplift and support those you enjoy working with. Additionally, I greatly appreciate your encouragement for us to diversify our roles (chapter 11) beyond just being composers.”  ||  JESSE ZURETTI - ”I really needed this book. Big thanks to Chance for sharing with us!" 


From composer Penka Kouneva: “Words cannot express how moved and inspired I am after having read your memoir! I literally inhaled the advance copy in two days/nights. It was an incredibly fluent reading experience. I would say, a bona-fide PAGE-TURNER!

I admire your always positive tone, your disarming honesty, the strength and resilience of your spirit, the unquenchable thirst for elevating your artistry, and how humbly and gratefully you speak about those who've opened doors for you.

Two things had my heart crushed and feeling profoundly sad – the chapter on the rise and fall of HUGEsound (Chapter 15) is heart-breaking and devastating, almost like reading a political thriller. And how many projects you have pitched for that dissipated!

I will always vividly remember the exhausted, desperate email the guitarist sent you (Chapter 19), and how your ears failed and started giving you distortion from exhaustion and overworking (Chapter 12). These are precious, invaluable vignettes.

So many incredibly honest and detailed testimonies, descriptions of colleagues, and the profound way you spoke of peer interactions resonated with me throughout. I will carry this experience with me forever.

Living your life with faith in the Creator, with purpose and gratitude radiates from every page. Bravo!

I will recommend it to everyone.”

From Dr. Matthew Thompson, University of Michigan, Asst. Professor of Music: "In the first lines to Making It HUGE In Video Games: Memoirs of Composer Chance Thomas, Chance asks the reader to “...imagine we are sitting down together for lunch or cold drinks. Relaxed and comfortable, let’s take a few minutes to get acquainted.” 

This book absolutely delivers on that pledge; it’s a chance to read the career story and accrued wisdom along the way from an industry leader in game audio. 

Written in an easy, compelling manner, the book contains numerous tales from Chance’s journey. 

Some of these are business related: networking, budgeting, maintaining relationships, negotiating. Others are music related: building interactive audio systems, mixing, orchestration, composition. 

Some of the most touching anecdotes address autobiographical/personal matters: karma, faith, resiliency, spirituality, even including poetry penned by the author. Most impressive and evident throughout the book is the hustle with which Chance approaches life and his career!   

The entire book holds useful information for a student interested in the industry, riveting stories for fans wanting to know the inside scoop about their favorite soundtracks, and even those in the industry who want to learn more about a recently retired colleague. 

Congrats, Chance, on this incredible, beautiful endeavor."