Known for his wide-ranging and evocative scores, BAFTA award winning composer and producer James Hannigan has created music for virtually all forms of media. His credits include entries in the Harry Potter, Dead Space, Evil Genius, Command and Conquer RuneScape, Transformers, The Lord of the Rings, Warhammer, EA Sports and Theme Park video game series; TV such as Primeval; Radio and full cast audio drama including Audible’s Alien series, BBC adaptations of Neverwhere and Good Omens – and, recently, Neil Gaiman’s record-breaking The Sandman (Act II receiving a Webby People’s Choice Award for Original Music Score/Sound Design in 2022). His current projects include Steelrising (Spiders/Nacon), Discworld and Act III of The Sandman.
An IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) award winner for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, James’s credits also include Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (including the much-memed, parodic ‘Soviet March’), Theme Park World/Sim Theme Park (BAFTA Award, 2000), the BAFTA Award nominated Evil Genius and the groundbreaking interactive music of Republic: The Revolution (game designed by Google DeepMind co-founder, Demis Hassabis), Conquest, Nintendo‘s Art Academy, entries in the Wing Commander universe including The Darkening and Freelancer, Terraria: Otherworld, Transformers Universe, several in the FIFA and F1 series, film tie-ins such as Catwoman, Cutthroat Island, Reign of Fire, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 (EA/WBIE), and many others
Music from James’s back catalogue finds placement in many TV productions, ranging recently from the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, Top Gear and The Grand Tour to Floor is Lava, SpongeBob SquarePants and The World According to Jeff Goldblum – along with games such as the Super Smash Bros series, and some of the most listened-to audiobooks in history: the Harry Potter series read by Stephen Fry. His sound design, from his days based at Pinewood Studios in London, can been heard in films such as the Golden Reel nominated Lost In Space.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, James is a founder of sold-out London Southbank based conferences, Screen Music Connect and Game Music Connect, introduced to inspire and educate professional and aspiring composers alike. London Southbank-based events held since 2013 have been partnered with BAFTA, Classic FM, Sony PlayStation, Music Week, The Ivors Academy and others.
With his music airing on stations such as Classic FM and Scala Radio, James has worked with several world class orchestras including The Philharmonia, The Chamber Orchestra of London, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Symphony Orchestra – recording at locations such as Air Studios, Abbey Road and Skywalker Ranch. Among his awards are an IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) Award for the score of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (EA/WBIE, 2010) and in 2012 he was made a subject of BAFTA’s Conversations with Composers series held at the Royal Albert Hall. A regular radio interviewee, Comic Con and conference panelist, James has written articles for Classic FM and other outlets and once penned DEVELOP Magazine’s first ever audio-related cover feature.