“I like expressing ideas and emotion through music in the simplest of terms. For me, music need not be a demonstration of virtuosity or a mere means of parading the newest technological tools, but more for the purpose of carrying – transparently – an essential message to the listener.” – James Hannigan, BAFTA’s ‘Conversations with Composers’ at the Royal Albert Hall.
James Hannigan is a British Academy Award-winning composer profoundly focused on the emotional directness and personal nature of his music, with a long list of credits including entries in the Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Dead Space, EA Sports, Evil Genius, Discworld and Command & Conquer series’. He is also co-founder of sell-out Southbank conference, Game Music Connect, and founder of new London-based event series, Screen Music Connect.
Even given his foray into the exuberant and often florid musical universes of popular fantasy and science fiction franchises, Hannigan’s music succeeds in transcending the stylistic expectations and constraints of genre, delivering a compelling and recognisable voice all of its own – from the minimal and quirky to the downright ‘epic’.
Among Hannigan’s many credits are: RuneScape (the world’s most popular free MMO), Dead Space 3, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (James’s iconic theme, Soviet March, has collectively received over 50 million plays on YouTube), Terraria: Otherworld, Nintendo’s Art Academy, Transformers Universe, Theme Park World (BAFTA Award, 2000), Brute Force, Evil Genius (BAFTA Nomination, 2005), Republic: The Revolution (BAFTA Nomination, 2004), entries in the Warhammer and Space Hulk series, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. 4 (additional music), Reign of Fire, Grand Prix, Cutthroat Island, 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 [International Film Music Critics Association] Award), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2, Microsoft/Digital Anvil’s ground-breaking Freelancer, the technically dazzling fusion of film and game: Privateer: The Darkening (with Clive Owen, John Hurt & Christopher Walken), Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, Conquest: Frontier Wars, entries in the EA Sports F1 & FIFA series’ – and more.
Hannigan’s work for TV and Radio includes BBC America’s Primeval, the award-winning BBC adaptation of Neverwhere and Good Omens, Audible’s Alien trilogy and Unseen Academicals – and his music is heard regularly all over the world in countless shows and trailers.
James Hannigan has recorded 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. An audio enthusiast with an arsenal of vintage synthesizers, processors and sound manipulation tools at his disposal, James 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. Films featuring James’s sound design include New Line Cinema’s Lost in Space.
An interviewee and/or contributor for BBC Radio, Classic FM, Bafta Guru, BEEP and many others, Hannigan has had his music performed in global concerts by Video Games Live, The Eminence Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, The Philharmonia and other ensembles, and he is co-founder of several talk-based events – which have variously been supported by Sony, Electronic Arts, BAFTA, Classic FM, BASCA, PRS For Music, COOL Music and others.
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows||Electronic Arts/Warner Bros|
|Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest||Headstrong/Warner Bros|
|Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight||Electronic Arts|
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Electronic Arts/Warner Bros||IFMCA Award 2009: Best Original Score for a Video Game
Nominated for BAFTA Video Games Awards 2010 (Best Original Score)
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Ubisoft/Sony Pictures|
|Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 Uprising||EA LA|
|Unannounced Tile||EA Bright Light Studio|
|Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 Uprising||Electronic Arts|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||EA/Warner Bros||Best of 2007, IGN; 'Best Game Score', Movie Music UK Awards 2007|
|Evil Genius||VU Games||BAFTA Nomination, Music, 2005|
|Republic The Revolution||Eidos||BAFTA Nomination, Music, 2004|
|Conquest: Frontier Wars||Digital Anvil / Ubisoft|
|Warhammer: SotHR||Mindscape; Games Workshop|
|Reign of Fire||KUJU/BAM|
|Brute Force||Digital Anvil/Microsoft|
|Yamaha SuperCross||DSI Games|
|Mr. Bean||Blast! Ents|
|Lost In Space||New Line Cinema|
|Sim Theme Park/Theme Park World||Electronic Arts||BAFTA Award, 2000|
|Sim Coaster/Theme Park Inc||Electronic Art|
|Grand Prix 4||Infogames|
|Warhammer: Dark Omen||Electronic Arts; Sound Design|
|Action Man (multiple titles)||Intelligent Games/Hasbro|
|Privateer, The Darkening||Electronic Arts, Origin Systems|
|FA Premier League Manager||EA Sports||BAFTA Nomination, Music, 2000|
|F1 Series – various||EA Sports|
|FIFA Soccer Manager||EA Sports|
|FIFA Soccer Manager||various entries; EA Sports|
|Cutthroat Island||Sony Imagesoft|
|Flight of the Amazon Queen||Renegade|
|Beasts and Bumpkins||Electronic Arts|
|Darklight Conflict||Electronic Arts|
|Space Hulk||Electronic Arts/Games Workshop|
|PRIMEVAL||SERIES 3 (Additional Score)
Director: Tony Mitchell, Mark Everest, Cilla Ware, Richard Curson Smith, Matthew Thompson
Producer: Tim Bradley
Execs: Tim Haines, Adrian Hodges
Commercials / Misc
|Big Screen, Space and Science, Distorted Reality, Short Cuts series miscellaneous library music productions Ducati Launch Events Ferrari Red Racing Advertising Campaign|