James Hannigan is a multi-award (BAFTA, IFMCA) winning composer, sound designer 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 franchises. His work in TV and Radio includes BBC America’s PRIMEVAL; award-winning BBC R4 adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE and GOOD OMENS; Audible’s ‘Audie’ winning ALIEN dramas and the forthcoming DC COMICS-licensed adaptation of THE SANDMAN. James’s music is also heard regularly in other productions, ranging recently from THE GRAND TOUR and TOP GEAR to THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JEFF GOLDBLUM and FLOOR IS LAVA, and he is a founder of London Southbank based conferences SCREEN MUSIC CONNECT and GAME MUSIC CONNECT – which have been supported by BAFTA, PRS, Sony Playstation, EA, Music Week and The Ivors Academy.
An IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) Award winner for HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (VG; BAFTA Nomination, 2010), James Hannigan’s many credits include EVIL GENIUS 2, DEAD SPACE 3, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (VG), TERRARIA: OTHERWORLD, THEME PARK INC., COMMAND AND CONQUER: RED ALERT 3 (including the iconic theme, “SOVIET MARCH“), Nintendo’s ART ACADEMY (also heard in SUPER SMASH BROS), TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE, the Guinness world record-breaking RUNESCAPE, entries in the GRAND PRIX, WARHAMMER and SPACE HULK series; REIGN OF FIRE, CUTTHROAT ISLAND, BRUTE FORCE, CATWOMAN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: ARAGORN’S QUEST, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, THE DARKENING, COMMAND AND CONQUER 4, Pottermore’s HARRY POTTER audiobooks read by Stephen Fry, entries in EA’s F1 & FIFA series’ and others.
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 and designed by Google DeepMind founder, Demis Hassabis), along with music for classic titles such as Bullfrog’s THEME PARK WORLD (BAFTA Award, 2000), Microsoft’s FREELANCER, and Digital Anvil’s CONQUEST: FRONTIER WARS. A sound designer as well as a composer, his early work can be heard in films such as the Golden Reel-nominated LOST IN SPACE, and he has penned articles for CLASSIC FM, DEVELOP magazine and other outlets.
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.
James Hannigan is represented by COOL Music in London.
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