The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) has selected Dan Irish as best producer of 2002 for his work on Myst III: Exile (he was primarilly responsible for getting the orchestrated music into the game, a departure from the all-synthesizer approach of Myst and Riven), as well as his continued devotion to musical quality in games.
Dan's working at Sierra now as executive producer of Homeworld 2 (one smash title to another, man's got skillz
), and he had this comment to make when queried about the award by the people at Relicnews:
Just to clarify it was mostly for my work on Myst III: Exile, the soundtrack that won several awards and has sold over 100,000 units.
However, the award goes to the non-audio person who cared the most about Audio and in Homeworld2's case, I'm putting my expertise to work in helping produce a Homeworld2 soundtrack with live musician recording, like I did for Myst III: Exile.
So that part was considered as well, that I'm continuing to support excellence in game music despite working on a new product.
Big hats-off to Dan on his award