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Stephen (Steve) Root is an audio director / composer for the film and game industry.

Stephen trained at Goldsmiths College in London before entering the games industry and spent nine years working within the audio industry. In 1995, he worked on the film Eye of the Beholder. He subsequently became the audio director of the United Kingdom branch of Acclaim Entertainment. In this role, he was responsible for the music of classics such as Alien Trilogy, Die Hard, Hexen, and the Extreme-G series. Along with Dominic Glynn, Root also formed the The Swarm. The pair scored the atmospheric electronic scores to Forsaken and Re-Volt together.

In 2001, Root joined Guildford game developer Criterion Games as senior orchestrator. During his six years at Criterion he has successfully built up one of the most highly regarded audio teams in the industry and ensured that his teams deliver outstanding and critical acclaimed content. He and Steve Emney were responsible for creating the music for Airblade, Burnout, and Burnout 2.

Following Criterion’s acquisition by EA, Root has remained audio director of the company, but no longer personally produces compositions. The latest Burnout titles have featured licensed music chosen by EA in Los Angeles. Black featured an acclaimed orchestral score by Chris Tilton and Michael Giacchino overseen by Root. Root nevertheless continues to create compositions in his spare time and recently scored the film The Crate.


As Composer:

The Crate (2007) (V) (as Steve Root)
Burnout 2: Point of Impact (2002) (VG)
Airblade (2001) (VG)
Burnout (2001) (VG)

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  • Clubonica

    Alien Trilogy - Masterpiece of electronic/dark ambient.

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • jeff071

    Alien Trilogy.... So nostalgic. <3

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • P4nk0

    It took me 15 years to look up the composer of Extreme G, but I'm glad I finally got around to it.

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • FriendlyPoison

    A very underrated composer. Alien Trilogy can be both bizzare and horrific at the same time

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • C_Shadow

    Alien Trilogy has a great atmospheric Soundtrack and always blows my mind off. I especially love Track 04.

    13 Feb 2010 Reply
  • insert_disk_2

    Agreed. Alien Trilogy's soundtrack kicks ass.

    19 Oct 2009 Reply
  • vodkavoodooman

    The Alien Trilogy soundtrack awesome! One of my favourites gamesoundtrack music!

    30 Mar 2009 Reply
  • SQI

    His work on Die Hard Trilogy is amazing, though he is signed there as Steve Root. Just retagged it now to Stephen Root.

    16 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Last_Vanguard

    The Alien Trilogy soundtrack is amazing. I was going through my old Playstation games recently and decided to rip the soundtrack to my PC. Good memories, great music.

    29 Nov 2008 Reply
  • gigitrix

    Arg! Burnout paradise renamed all the B1/B2 tracks, just to confuse things...

    11 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Jarkendia

    The true picture ->

    24 Mar 2008 Reply
  • gigitrix

    Burnout I/II was way better than it's sequels because they actually put effort into the games' musical design. Way better than just dumping other bands in there, and the music programming made the music adapt to your style. Awesome.

    22 Mar 2008 Reply
  • jeff071

    Ahem. Wrong pic. His Alien Trilogy score pwns by the way.

    5 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Niai8889

    >.< Totally the wrong picture. This guy is an actor.

    4 Sep 2006 Reply

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