If you watch television, play video games or listen to audio dramas, then it’s likely you will have heard James Hannigan’s emotive music. A BAFTA award winner and five-time BAFTA original music nominee, James is known among things for his contributions to blockbuster franchises such as HARRY POTTER, DEAD SPACE, EVIL GENIUS, RUNESCAPE, EA SPORTS, TRANSFORMERS, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THEME PARK, WARHAMMER and COMMAND AND CONQUER.
James Hannigan’s work in TV and Radio includes BBC America’s PRIMEVAL, the award-winning BBC adaptations of NEVERWHERE and GOOD OMENS, Audible’s lavish ALIEN series and Terry Pratchett’s UNSEEN ACADEMICALS, and his music is heard in countless productions, commercials and trailers – ranging from EARLY MAN to TOP GEAR. He is also the founder of London Southbank based conference SCREEN MUSIC CONNECT, and is the co-founder of GAME MUSIC CONNECT events.
Hannigan’s numerous credits include: RUNESCAPE (the world’s most popular free MMO), DEAD SPACE 3, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, COMMAND AND CONQUER: RED ALERT 3 (the iconic theme of which, Soviet March, has collectively received well over 100 million spins across major streaming services), Nintendo’s ART ACADEMY (also featured in SUPER SMASH BROS.), TRANSFORMERS, THEME PARK WORLD (BAFTA Award), TERRARIA OTHERWORLD, EVIL GENIUS (BAFTA Nomination, Original Music), Microsoft’s FREELANCER, the groundbreaking interactive score of REPUBLIC: THE REVOLUTION (BAFTA Nomination), entries in the WARHAMMER and SPACE HULK series; REIGN OF FIRE, GRAND PRIX 4, CUTTHROAT ISLAND, BRUTE FORCE, CATWOMAN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: ARAGORN’S QUEST, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (VG), HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (BAFTA Nomination, Original Music; IFMCA [International Film Music Critics Association] Award), HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, the technically dazzling experimental fusion of film and game: THE DARKENING, COMMAND AND CONQUER 4: TIBERIAN TWILIGHT, POTTERMORE’S HARRY POTTER audiobooks read by Stephen Fry (the most listened-to series in history), CONQUEST: FRONTIER WARS, entries in the EA SPORTS’ F1 & FIFA series’, and much more.
James Hannigan is a sound designer as well as a composer, and his work can be heard in productions such as the Golden Reel-nominated, LOST IN SPACE.
With his music regularly airing on radio stations such as Classic FM and Scala Radio, Hannigan has recorded with world class orchestras ranging from The Philharmonia Orchestra and The Chamber Orchestra Of London, to the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Symphony Orchestra — at prestigious locations such as Air-Lyndhurst, Abbey Road Studios and Skywalker Ranch.
Hannigan has been interviewed by BBC Radio, Classic FM, BAFTA Guru, BEEP and others, has been the subject of BAFTA’s ‘Conversations With Composers’ held at the Albert Hall, and his music has been performed in concert around the world by VGL, The Eminence Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and other ensembles. He writes using words as well as notes, and has penned articles for Classic FM and Develop (including the magazine’s first ever audio-related cover feature).