Classically-trained Polish composer Mikolai Stroinski made the transition from casual game contributor to in-demand artist with his emotional cinematic score for “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.” This score earned him 2 major awards at the Annual Game Music Awards 2014 (AGMA): Outstanding Contribution — Newcomer of the Year and Best Score — Orchestral / Cinematic.
According to Chris Greening of Game Music Online:
The atmospheric, cinematic soundtrack for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter marries beautifully with the game’s visuals. Newcomer Mikolai Stroinski ensured the score also drew in stand-alone listeners by incorporating resonant themes and heartfelt emotions in a subtle, meaningful manner…. Now a double AGMA winner, he looks set to maintain an upward trajectory with this year’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
“The Vanishing…” has also gained recognition in Poland, where Stroinski was named “Composer of The Year” and the soundtrack of“The Vanishing…” was given an honorable mention by Gamemusic.pl.