James Hannigan is a multi-award winning composer and music producer, known in part for his contributions to the HARRY POTTER, DEAD SPACE, EVIL GENIUS, RUNESCAPE, EA SPORTS, TRANSFORMERS, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THEME PARK, WARHAMMER, and COMMAND AND CONQUER video game series’. His work in TV and Radio includes BBC America’s PRIMEVAL, award-winning BBC radio adaptations such as Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE, Audible’s ALIEN dramas – and his music is regularly heard in countless other productions, ranging from TOP GEAR to THE GRAND TOUR. He is also the founder of London Southbank based conference SCREEN MUSIC CONNECT and is the co-founder GAME MUSIC CONNECT events, which have been supported by BAFTA, PRS, Sony Playstation, Music Week, The Ivors Academy, and others.
An IFMCA (Internationl Film Music Critics Association) Award winner for HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (VG), James Hannigan’s numerous credits include THE SANDMAN (Audible/DC Comics – coming in 2020), DEAD SPACE 3, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, THEME PARK WORLD (BAFTA Award, 2000), COMMAND AND CONQUER: RED ALERT 3 (the iconic theme of which, SOVIET MARCH, has received over 100 million listens across major streaming services), Nintendo’s ART ACADEMY (also featured in SUPER SMASH BROS.), TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE, RUNESCAPE (the world’s most popular free MMO), entries in the WARHAMMER and SPACE HULK series; REIGN OF FIRE, GRAND PRIX, 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 DEATHLY HALLOWS (VG), THE DARKENING, FREELANCER, CONQUEST, COMMAND AND CONQUER 4: TIBERIAN TWILIGHT, POTTERMORE’S HARRY POTTER audiobooks read by Stephen Fry, entries in EA’s F1 & FIFA series’, and much more.
An innovator in interactive music, James created some of the earliest fully orchestral video game scores – for titles such as the BAFTA-nominated REPUBLIC: THE REVOLUTION and EVIL GENIUS, developed by Eidos/Elixir Studios (led by Google DeepMind founder, Demis Hassabis). Beginning his career as Electronic Arts’ in-house composer, James created and produced music for numerous classic EA Sports titles, along with various titles on the Bullfrog label before basing himself at the legendary Pinewood Studios in West London.
A sound designer as well as a composer, James Hannigan’s work can be heard in productions such as the Golden Reel-nominated LOST IN SPACE, and he writes using words as well as notes – once penning DEVELOP magazine’s first ever audio-related cover feature.
With his music airing on radio stations such as Classic FM and Scala Radio, James has worked with numerous world class orchestras, including The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra Of London, The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Symphony Orchestra – recording at locations such as Air-Lyndhurst, Abbey Road Studios and Skywalker Ranch.
A frequent interviewee for BBC Radio and others, James has also been the subject of BAFTA’s ‘Conversations With Composers’ at the Royal Albert Hall, and his music has been performed in concert around the world by Video Games Live, The Eminence Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and others.