“An astonishing composer…” – NEIL GAIMAN
“The most powerful weapon is the music.” – L.A. TIMES
“…a wonderful cinematic score” – AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE
“[Evil Genius] expertly captures the ‘60s spy-movie aesthetic” – GAME INFORMER
“… James Hannigan’s music makes The Sandman totally immersive.” – THE SUNDAY TIMES
“the best music in the series..” – MOVIE MUSIC UK, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (VG)
“Seeing a horde of monsters fast approaching, with pointy limbs flailing, as .. horns and violins rise to cacophony, is guaranteed to get the heart pumping.” – TIME
” a superb score by composer James Hannigan — nothing more, nothing less.” – MULTIVERSITY COMICS
“A score which combines musicality with wit … complementing the sound and dialogue perfectly.” – BAFTA
“10/10. The music in Republic is amazing. It is possibly the greatest and most appropriate music in any game ever. The sweeping eastern classical music fits the game so well it is untrue.” – GAME FAQS
“Returning composer James Hannigan [has] brought this new game to life without losing step with the original. The music that Hannigan brings to life shows that he has not missed a beat. My only wish was that there were more..” – GAMING TREND
“The formidable music, sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, is by the composer James Hannigan, noted for his contributions to screen and video games” – THE TIMES
“…some of the most viscerally satisfying bombast ever produced. Starting with “The Inquisitorial Squad”, Hannigan never makes the mistake of fashioning directionless sound and fury.” – GGM
“The soundtrack is particularly fantastic” – IGN
“…a cohesive musical story from start to finish.” – FORBES
“In games of this genre, it’s common for me to mute the music and listen to something other than the OST. In Evil Genius 2, that most certainly wasn’t the case… the music truly excels” – RAPID REVIEWS
“The music.. is amazing. James Hannigan returns and he expands the original soundtrack with gusto… Brilliant Music.” – GAMEWATCHER
James Hannigan is a BAFTA and IFMCA award-winning composer with a career spanning several industries, from TV and multi-million selling games to groundbreaking audio drama. Among his many credits are entries in the Harry Potter, Dead Space, Evil Genius, RuneScape, Transformers, Theme Park, FIFA, The Lord of the Rings and Command and Conquer game series, along with full-cast audio adaptations of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, and the Alien series. His themes, such as the parodic Red Alert 3 theme, Soviet March, have been streamed hundreds of millions of times on platforms such as YouTube and Spotify, and his other awards and nominations include a Webby People's Choice Award for The Sandman Act II and a BAFTA nomination for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Recent projects include a new theme for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Steelrising, Evil Genius 2, and the NY Times #1 bestselling adaptation of The Sandman Act III (with a cast including James McAvoy, Michael Sheen and Regé-Jean Page). | LISTEN
Hannigan's diverse past projects include entries in the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Space Hulk, F1, Grand Prix, and Warhammer VG series; Primeval (BBC America), cult hit Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (with J.K. Simmons and Tim Curry), Dead Space 3, Nintendo's Art Academy (also heard in the Super Smash Bros. series), Terraria: Otherworld, Reign of Fire, Catwoman, Command and Conquer 4, Conquest, the innovative interactive music of Republic: The Revolution (designed by DeepMind co-founder, Demis Hassabis; BAFTA Award Nomination, Original Music, 2003), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, Call of Antia, Evil Genius (BAFTA Award Nomination, Original Music, 2004), Command and Conquer 4, Freelancer, Conquest, The Darkening (with Christopher Walken, Clive Owen and the late John Hurt), Transformers Universe, Theme Park World (aka Sim Theme Park; BAFTA Award, 2000), The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest, RuneScape 3 (Develop Award Nomination, Music), RuneScape: The Orchestral Collection, the hugely popular Harry Potter audio book series read by Stephen Fry, and BBC R4 adaptations of Good Omens and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Christopher Lee).
Early in his career, after a short stint in TV, James took the position of EA Europe's in-house composer during the mid 1990s, before basing his studio at Pinewood Studios in West London, where he remained for over ten years. His credits also include forays into sound design for films and TV, including the Golden Reel-nominated Lost in Space.
With his music often airing on Classic FM, BBC Radio, Scala Radio, ABC Classic and other stations, Hannigan has recorded with several world class orchestras, including The Philharmonia, The Chamber Orchestra of London, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, The Budapest Film Orchestra, and The Slovak Symphony Orchestra – at locations such as Air Lyndhurst, Abbey Road Studio 1, and Skywalker Ranch.
After forming a close working relationship with Electronic Arts in the mid-1990s, Hannigan based his studio at Pinewood Studios in West London for ten years. Continuing his relationship with EA and other publishers over this period, he ventured briefly into sound design, and his credits include the Golden Reel nominated, Lost in Space. Hannigan now works out of his studio based in Wiltshire, England.
Music from Hannigan’s back catalogue can be heard in numerous TV productions, commercials and trailers - ranging recently from Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, Top Gear and The Grand Tour to Floor is Lava, SpongeBob SquarePants, Disney shorts, America's Got Talent, and The World According to Jeff Goldblum. His music has also been heard in experiences, installations and dance routines, from the Dream Portal at NY Comic Con to The Hostage and Tribal Council (Dance Moms).
A BBC radio interviewee, Comic Con and conference panelist, Hannigan has had the cover of DEVELOP magazine, written articles for Classic FM and numerous other outlets. He's also 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. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a BAFTA member for over twenty years, Hannigan has also been a subject of BAFTA’s Conversations with Composers held at the Royal Albert Hall.
James Hannigan is represented by COOL Music, London.