Joris de Man

Joris de Man

Joris de Man is a freelance composer and sound designer working from his studio on the South Coast near Brighton. Born in the Netherlands into a musical family, Joris has been surrounded by music since his very conception so it’s no wonder his ear is so attuned.

Playing violin at six, Joris’ musical learning included study of sonology at The Hague’s Royal Conservatory and music technology at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht. He later exchanged violin for synthesizer and computer, searching for a musical identity which led him from hard-edged industrial to ambient electronica and everything in between, though never leaving his classical roots far behind.

He’s been creating sounds and music in games for nearly 15 years but Joris was a renowned chip music creator on the Atari demo scene before his career started at the illustrious Bitmap Brothers in London.

He moved to Amsterdam in 2000 and has been at the core of Guerilla / Sony’s Killzone music since the franchise began. Originally the developer’s Audio Director, looking at music and sound design, his return to the UK in 2005 allowed him to focus on the game’s rousing score, of which the last two, Killzone 2 & 3, were recorded at Abbey Road. In 2010, Joris was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Best Video Game Score for his work on Killzone 2, and in 2011 received a Dutch Game Award for best theme music for Killzone 3, in the Best Audio Design & Music category.

As well as work in games, Joris has developed sound design and programming for concert pieces, working with composers such as Louis Andriessen, Peter Eotveos, Alexander Knaifel and Johan de Meij on his much lauded ‘Planet Earth’ symphony. Most recently Joris has extended himself into the world of ballet, working with acclaimed Dutch choreographer Joost Vrouenraets on his contemporary ‘Charlie Goes Home’ based on Superhero lore.

Joris is currently working on a number of projects in the UK, USA, Germany and The Netherlands. He continues to work with Brighton based developer Futurlab creating music for the award winning ‘Velocity’ series and is enjoying supporting a new wave of indie developers including Red Robot in San Francisco and Short Round, also in Brighton. Expect to hear Joris’ music in an exciting project directed by famed Welsh animator Mike Mort and another collaboration with Joost Vrouenraets is also scheduled for 2014.

With a style that has been described as epic, powerful, sweeping and grandiose in orchestral-based pieces, writing for live orchestra is Joris’ favourite way to realise his musical ambitions. Equally versed in creating powerful and bombastic midi renditions his versatility for composing extends to styles suiting action, drama, comedy, fantasy and romance.