BAFTA Award Winner and five-time BAFTA Original Music nominee James Hannigan’s many credits include entries in the HARRY POTTER, COMMAND AND CONQUER, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THEME PARK game series’ – and television such as BBC America’s PRIMEVAL. His recent projects include DEAD SPACE 3, TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE and newly updated music for hugely popular MMORPG, RUNESCAPE. He is also co-founder of Game Music Connect and Director of Game Art Connect.
James’s earlier credits include Chris Roberts’ FREELANCER, COMMAND AND CONQUER: RED ALERT 3, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: ARAGORN’S QUEST, EVIL GENIUS (BAFTA Nomination, Original Music, 2004), HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (VG), Nintendo’s ART ACADEMY, THEME PARK INC., SIM THEME PARK/THEME PARK WORLD (BAFTA Award, Audio; BAFTA Nomination, Original Music, 2000), HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PARTS 1 & 2, BRUTE FORCE, REPUBLIC: THE REVOLUTION (BAFTA Nomination, Original Music, 2003), COMMAND AND CONQUER 4: TIBERIAN TWILIGHT, CONQUEST: FRONTIER WARS, PRIVATEER: THE DARKENING, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (VG; International Film Music Critics Association [IFMCA] Award; BAFTA Nomination, Original Music, 2009), various EA SPORTS titles, GRAND PRIX 4, SPACE HULK: VENGEANCE OF THE BLOOD ANGELS, Film/TV tie-ins such as CATWOMAN, REIGN OF FIRE and many others.
James has worked with numerous orchestras around the world, including The Philharmonia, the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of London and the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, recording at locations such as Abbey Road Studios, Skywalker Ranch and Air-Lyndhurst – and with renowned ensembles and soloists such as Tony Hinnigan (Titanic, Braveheart), The Pinewood Singers, Miriam Stockley (Adiemus), Miranda Keys, Tamara Zinadinovic and Soname – to name only a few.
James began his career in the early 1990s composing for television before becoming fascinated by the musical opportunities presented by interactive entertainment, taking on the role of in-house composer at Electronic Arts’ purpose built recording studio, where he stayed for a number of years before returning to freelance work in 1997 at Pinewood Studios in London. His production library music from this period can still regularly be heard in TV shows ranging from The Apprentice, WW2 in HD, America’s Most Wanted, Vietnam in HD, America’s Got Talent, X Factor and numerous TV and cinema ad campaigns, promos and trailers.
Participating as a panelist at events such as Tiga’s ‘Games Meet Film’ at Pinewood Studios, ‘Ear Candy’ at the Barbican Centre, The Edinburgh International Festival, Musicworks, The DEVELOP Conference and The BAFTA Interactive Festival, James also writes articles and has been featured on the cover of Develop Magazine, profiled in Post, Audio Media, Resolution, Tracksounds , “Music, Sound and the Moving Image” (MSMI), Film Score Monthly and other publications – and he is a regular interviewee on BBC Radio. James has also been featured in books such as Tom Hoover’s, “Keeping Score: Interviews With Today’s Top Film, Television and Game Music Composers” and “Songwriter’s Market” and, in recent years, Video Games Live have have toured with some of his music. Other public performances and events include GameCity Nottingham, A Night In Fantasia featuring the Eminence Symphony Orchestra and BAFTA’s “Conversations With Screen Composers” held at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2012.
James Hannigan is represented by the Gorfaine / Schwartz Agency, Ca., USA.