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Matthew Carl Earl

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Matthew Carl Earl
Composer Matthew Carl Earl Headshot Ticket # 2018032910011931
Background information
Occupation(s)Composer, sound designer, multi-instrumentalist
InstrumentsPiano, drums, guitar, flute, ukulele, mandolin, penny whistle, recorder, bagpipes
Years active2011–present
Associated actsXanthochroid
🏡 ResidenceLos Angeles, California
🎓 Alma materSaddleback College
💼 Occupation
Known forHexany Audio
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Matthew Carl Earl is an American video game composer known for his work on Arena of Valor[1], Star Trek: Dark Remnant[2][3], and Saint Seiya. He is the lead composer at Hexany Audio[4] and a member of the metal band Xanthochroid.[5]

Early life and career[edit]

Earl was born and raised in Roseville, California. In 2010, Earl studied classical composition at Saddleback College and became a member of the band Xanthochroid working on albums such as Incultus, Blessed He with Boils, Of Erthe and Axen Act I, and Of Erthe and Axen Act II.[6]

Earl began composing for trailers, films, and video games, before transitioning into fantasy games, indie titles, and sound design.[7][8] In 2014, he joined Hexany Audio and in 2016, he became their lead composer and co-owner along with Richard Ludlow.[9][10] Since then, he has served as composer and sound designer on video games namely PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, King's Quest, the Assassin's Creed Syndicate trailer spot, Into the Stars, Overwatch Contenders Tournament[11], and Moonlight Blade: Moonlight Over the Sea. In 2017, he composed the score for North American release of Arena of Valor.[12][13][14][15]In 2019, he composed the score for Star Trek: Dark Remnant.


  • In 2017, Earl was nominated for the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Original Score in a Video Game for Moonlight Blade: Moonlight Over the Sea.[16][17] That same year, he was nominated for a Best Music for the China Game Developers Award for Kingdom Craft.[18]
  • In 2018, he won the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Original Song/Score in a Mobile Video Game for Arena of Valor: Flip the World and was nominated for the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Original Score in a Video Game for The Legend of Xuan Yuan (Tencent).[19]


Video game credits[edit]

Year Title Position Notes Source
2015 King's Quest Sound Designer
Assassin's Creed Syndicate Composer Trailer spot
2016 Into the Stars Lead Sound Designer
2017 Moonlight Blade: Moonlight Over the Sea Composer Nominated: Hollywood Music in Media Award for Original Score in a Video Game [20]
Saint Seiya Composer
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Composer Mobile edition
2018 Arena of Valor Composer Won: Game Audio Network Guild Award for Best Music in a Casual/Social Game: Strike of Kings / Realm of Valor / (aka Arena of Valor) [21]
Overwatch Contenders Tournament Composer
Firewall: Zero Hour Technical Audio Support
Rules of Survival Additional Music
2019 Star Trek: Dark Remnant Composer [3]


  1. Huges, Sam (18 February 2018). "Interview with Arena of Valor Composer, Matthew Carl Earl". The Sound Architect. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  2. "Inside The Music And Sounds of Star Trek: Dark Remnant – TrekToday". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Composer Matthew Carl Earl talks writing Star Trek: Dark Remnant score". The Natural Aristocrat. 11 May 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  4. "About – Matthew Carl Earl". Hexany Audio. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  5. "Matthew Earl – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  6. "Xanthochroid - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  7. "Interview: Arena Of Valor Composer Matthew Carl Earl, Creating Music for Video Games". GameTyrant. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  8. "Sound of Play: 127 - The videogame music podcast". Cane and Rinse. 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  9. "Hexany Audio | Berklee College of Music". Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  10. "74: Follow these Core Values to Compose Great Music with Matthew Earl". Game Dev Loadout. 2017-12-27. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  11. Ludlow, Richard (9 June 2018). "Overwatch Contenders Music". Hexany Audio. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  12. "Video game composer Matthew Carl Earl discusses 'Arena of Valor' score & more - Nerd Reactor". Nerd Reactor. 2018-01-12. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  13. "Matthew Carl Earl: Arena of Valor Mix". NPR. 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  14. Remington, Kate. "Matthew Carl Earl's Music Gets Arena Of Valor Players Stoked For Battle". Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  15. "Exclusive: Listen to three tracks from the Arena of Valor score". Flickering Myth. 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  16. "Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Full Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  17. Costa, Ray (2017-10-26). "Hollywood Music in Media Awards Announces Nominees in Film, TV, & Video Game Music" (PDF). HMM Awards. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  18. "《乱世王者》参评2017CGDA最佳游戏音乐奖_游戏狗新闻". Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  19. "Original Score — Video Game - Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Full List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  20. "Moonlight Blade: Moonlight Over the Sea Music Preview". Vimeo. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  21. "Interview with video game composer Matthew Carl Earl on Tencent's 'Arena of Valor'". Set The Tape. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2019.

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