James Hannigan

James Hannigan – Composer Profile

James Hannigan for biographyJames Hannigan is a Bafta award-winning composer with credits in the multi-million selling Harry Potter, The Lord Of The Rings, Dead Space, Theme Park, Warhammer, Command & Conquer game series, and is Creative Director and Founder of hugely popular annual conference, Game Music Connect, backed by Sony, Bafta, Classic FM, COOL Music and others.

James’s evocative music can be heard in TV and Radio as well, ranging from Top Gear and BBC America’s Primeval to recent productions such as Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere with Benedict Cumberbatch and James McAvoy (BBC Audio Drama Award winner, 2015) and Good Omens. James is currently engaged on a major drama belonging to a hugely popular sci-fi franchise, due to air in 2016.

A pioneer in the world of digitally recorded music for interactive entertainment and one of the first composers in Europe bringing the sound of a full symphony orchestra to video games, James’s credits include: Dead Space 3, Terraria: Otherworld, Transformers Universe, Runescape, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Chris Roberts’ celebrated space sim Freelancer, Reign Of Fire, Evil Genius, EA Sports titles in the FIFA and F1 series, The Lord Of The Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Red Alert 3*, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2 and many others.

(*Red Alert 3’s celebrated ‘Soviet March’ recently made a welcome reappearance in EA’s Battlefield 4 and the original theme has notched up tens of millions of plays on YouTube).

Going back further, there’s Privateer: The Darkening (a ground-breaking blend of game and film loosely connected with the Wing Commander universe, with Clive Owen, Christopher Walken and John Hurt), Republic: The Revolution (Bafta Nomination, 2004)Bullfrog’s Theme Park World (Bafta Award, 2000), Theme Park Inc./Sim Coaster, Catwoman, Conquest, Cutthroat Island, Space Hulk, Grand Prix 4, Microsoft’s Brute Forceand many more.

A 2014 Develop Awards Finalist for the music of Runescape 3, Hannigan’s awards and nominations include a Bafta Award for Sim Theme Park, an IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) Award for the score of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and five Bafta nominations for Original Music.

You may have heard James’s work in trailers, cable TV shows and ads over the years as well, as hundreds of his tracks are spread throughout leading production libraries such as Extreme Music, Director’s Cuts, Chappell, BMG Universal and West One.

Hannigan has recorded with world-class orchestras such as The Chamber Orchestra of London (COOL), The Philharmonia, the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra at locations such as Abbey Road Studios, Skywalker Sound and Air Lyndhurst – yet it said that he is as happy twiddling his knobs in the studio as he is politely asking musicians to play his music out loud.

A regular interviewee for BBC Radio, Classic FM, Bafta Guru and others, Hannigan has had his music performed globally by Video Games Live, The Eminence Symphony Orchestra and numerous other ensembles around the world, and he’s been known to write using words as well – most recently for Classic FM.

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsElectronic Arts/Warner Bros
Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's QuestHeadstrong/Warner Bros
Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian TwilightElectronic Arts
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceElectronic 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 MeatballsUbisoft/Sony Pictures
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 UprisingEA LA
Unannounced TileEA Bright Light Studio
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 UprisingElectronic Arts
Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixEA/Warner Bros Best of 2007, IGN; 'Best Game Score', Movie Music UK Awards 2007
FreelancerDigital Anvil/Microsoft
Evil GeniusVU Games BAFTA Nomination, Music, 2005
Republic The RevolutionEidos BAFTA Nomination, Music, 2004
Conquest: Frontier WarsDigital Anvil / Ubisoft
Warhammer: SotHRMindscape; Games Workshop
CatwomanEA/Warner Bros
Reign of FireKUJU/BAM
Brute ForceDigital Anvil/Microsoft
Yamaha SuperCrossDSI Games
Mr. BeanBlast! Ents
JetixBlast! Ents
Lost In SpaceNew Line Cinema
Sim Theme Park/Theme Park WorldElectronic ArtsBAFTA Award, 2000
Sim Coaster/Theme Park IncElectronic Art
Grand Prix 4Infogames
Warhammer: Dark OmenElectronic Arts; Sound Design
Action Man (multiple titles)Intelligent Games/Hasbro
Privateer, The DarkeningElectronic Arts, Origin Systems
FA Premier League ManagerEA Sports BAFTA Nomination, Music, 2000
F1 Series – variousEA Sports
FIFA Soccer ManagerEA Sports
FIFA Soccer Managervarious entries; EA Sports
Cutthroat IslandSony Imagesoft
Flight of the Amazon QueenRenegade
InfestationFrontier Developments
MoHoLost Toys
Beasts and BumpkinsElectronic Arts
Darklight ConflictElectronic Arts
Space HulkElectronic Arts/Games Workshop
PRIMEVALSERIES 3 (Additional Score)
Impossible Pictures/ITV
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