“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 award-winning composer with a career spanning several industries, from multimillion-selling video games and TV to best-selling audio drama, installations and immersive experiences. Among his many credits are entries in the Harry Potter, Dead Space, Evil Genius, RuneScape, Transformers, Theme Park, EA Sports and Command and Conquer video game series; full-cast audio adaptations such as Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, the Alien series and more. His themes, such as the parodic Red Alert 3 theme, Soviet March, have been streamed hundreds of millions of times on digital platforms, and among his other awards are a Webby People's Choice Award for The Sandman Act II and an IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) award for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (also BAFTA award-nominated, 2010). Recent projects include a new theme for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld universe 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 

Always a keen pianist and improviser as a child, by the age of nineteen Hannigan had already published over fifty tracks for the production libraries of Sony and Atmosphere. With his sights set on scoring for film and television, a call from Electronic Arts during his early twenties led Hannigan to take the position of EA UK's in-house composer for three years, after which he based himself at Pinewood Studios for over a decade. From Pinewood, he further developed his working relationship with EA and other global publishers, ventured into music for other forms, and briefly into sound design (his credits from this period include sound design for the Golden Reel-nominated Lost in Space).

Hannigan's diverse projects include Steelrising (2022), Evil Genius 2 (2022), entries in the Cloudy With a Chance of MeatballsSpace HulkF1, FIFA, Grand Prix, The Lord of the Rings and Warhammer game series; Primeval (BBC America), 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), Reign of FireCatwoman, the innovative interactive score of Republic: The Revolution (designed by Google DeepMind co-founder, Demis Hassabis; BAFTA Award Nomination, Original Music, 2003), Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Call of AntiaEvil Genius (BAFTA Award Nomination, Original Music, 2004), Terraria: Otherworld, Command and Conquer 4Conquest, Chris Roberts' FreelancerThe Darkening (with Christopher Walken, Clive Owen and John Hurt), Transformers Universe, Theme Park World (aka Sim Theme Park; BAFTA Award, 2000), RuneScapeThe Orchestral Collection, the hugely popular Harry Potter audiobook series read by Stephen Fry, BBC R4 adaptations of Good Omens and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Christopher Lee) and many more.

Hannigan has worked with several world class orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Skywalker Orchestra and Budapest Film Orchestra - recording at locations such as Abbey Road, Air-Lyndhurst and Skywalker Ranch. His clients have included Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Amazon, Audible, Microprose, Bullfrog Productions, BBC America, ITV, Sony Music, Digital Anvil, Mindscape, Jagex, Ubisoft and others.

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 LavaSpongeBob SquarePants, Disney shorts, and The World According to Jeff Goldblum. His music has also accompanied various experiences, installations and dance routines, from the Dream Portal at NY Comic Con 2022 to 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 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 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 in London.

James Hannigan is represented by COOL Music, London.


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