An IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) Award winner, James's many credits include: Pottermore, RuneScape (the world’s most popular free MMORPG), 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 over 50 million plays on YouTube), Nintendo’s Art Academy, Transformers Universe, Theme Park World/Sim Theme Park (BAFTA Award, 2000), Terraria: Otherworld, Evil Genius (BAFTA Nomination, 2005), the groundbreaking interactive score of Republic: The Revolution (BAFTA Nomination, 2004), entries in the Warhammer and Space Hulk series, Chris Roberts' Freelancer, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. 4 (additional music), 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 Half-Blood Prince (VG; BAFTA nomination, 2010; IFMCA Award Winner), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2, the technically dazzling experimental fusion of film and game: Privateer: The Darkening (with John Hurt & Christopher Walken), Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, Conquest: Frontier Wars, entries in the EA Sports F1 & FIFA series’ - and more.
James has been fortunate enough to record with several world-class orchestras during his career so far - ranging from The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra Of London to the The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Symphony Orchestra - at locations such as Air-Lyndhurst, Abbey Road Studios and Skywalker Ranch. A collector of vintage synthesisers, he considers himself a sound designer as well as a composer, taking a profound interest in the interplay between sound and music in everything he does. James's sound design can be heard in productions such as Lost In Space, and during his formative years as a composer, he worked as in-house composer for Electronic Arts Europe/Bullfrog Productions.
James is the Founder of London-based conference, Screen Music Connect, and co-founder of popular event series, Game Music Connect and is a regular interviewee/expert contributor for BBC Radio, Classic FM, Bafta Guru, BEEP and others. His music has been performed by Video Games Live, The Eminence Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia and other ensembles, and he writes using words, too.
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“James Hannigan has not only written the best music in the video game series, but he has surpassed [the] film score. That’s right, this is better than the film score. I really hope someone over at Warner Bros. is listening to this score.”‘Movie Music UK’ on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
A score which combines musicality with wit. It adds atmosphere throughout, whilst remaining entirely in keeping with the humorous and fun nature of the game. The subtle development of the score according to the development of the game works effectively, whilst complementing the sound and dialogue perfectly. A creditable combination of interactive technology and highly […]The British Academy of Film and Television Arts on ‘Theme Park World’ (US title, ‘Sim Theme Park’).
Sound 10/10. The music in Republic is amazing. It is possibly the greatest and most appropriate music in any game ever. The sweeping eastern classical music fits the game so well it is untrue. As soon as you are able to start a rally … you will know what I mean.Game FAQs