Virginia Leo is a Composer/Sound Designer primarily for video games but also works across other mediums. Her most notable work was featured in the Black Cat, White Rabbit, and Christmas Chapter updates in the game "The Baby In Yellow" by Team Terrible which has over 150 million downloads on Android/iOS and PC. Since its release, it has accumulated hundreds of millions of views through TikTok and Twitch attracting the attention of YouTubers such as Markiplier and Jacksepticeye. Since Virginia started her game audio journey in 2018, she has diligently participated in many game jams over the years winning several awards such as the Yogscast Award for “Home Invasion” Global Game Jam 2019, Winner of Global Game Jam 2020 for “Frank’s Anatomy” and placing 3rd out of 2414 submissions in the Audio category for “Metal Muscle Mage” during Ludum Dare 51 in 2022.
Virginia has also experienced working with immersive technologies; she previously worked on The Museum of Imagined Futures VR, an Indigo Storm XR production in collaboration with Studio ANRK and funded by StoryFutures. This VR project was a part StoryTrails, the UK’s largest immersive storytelling project and one of the biggest people’s history projects ever undertaken, as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK. The VR project was nominated for the 2023 SXSW Innovation Awards in the “Immersive” category.
Virginia’s love for wildlife and conservation led her to spend a brief period of her career working on nature documentaries. She composed and produced her own score for “Peregrine Coast” by Andrew Salter, which was awarded Animalis Fabula Festival's 'Official Selection' for February 2021. During the same timeframe, she was developing a keen interest in education and wrote her final dissertation around the topic of gamification in Key Stage 3 music, which she would later graduate with a First Class Honours. She became a digital music tutor under “Reid’s Digital Music”, and aided in developing children’s technical/creative abilities during after-school hours.
Rings of Saturn is a progressive technical deathcore band also known for dubbing their style "Aliencore," their music is fast, loud, and aggressive, while the clean, digital sheen of their production allows listeners to observe the details in their video game-influenced tunes. In 2022 they released their first all-instrumental album which added elements of world music, choral vocals, piano, and strings to their technical deathcore and electronic attack. Virginia was guested on the album as a pianist, orchestral producer, and composer. This experience gave her an insight into the music industry, specifically in the metal genre. After the release of the album, she also toured 23 states across the US with the band on their Cyber Shred Tour 2022.
Music is the closest thing we have to magic. It's a time machine that can almost instantly teleport us to moments in our lives. It only takes 100 to 300 milliseconds for the human brain to recognize a familiar song, so it's truly something special. I believe that the greatest video games are the ones that leave an impact on our lives and one of the best ways to leave an impact is through a timeless soundtrack.
Yogscast Award for
Global Game Jam 2019
3rd Audio LD51
#3 out of 2414 in Audio for
"Metal Muscle Mage"
Ludum Dare 51
GGJ 2020 Winner
Best Overall Game for
Global Game Jam 2020