Jesper Kyd

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Jesper Kyd
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Jesper Kyd at Game Music Connect, 2013
Background information
Birth name Jesper Kyd Jakobson
Also known as JK, JJK, Jonesy
Born (1972-02-03) February 3, 1972 (age 42)
Origin Denmark
Genres Orchestral, choral, electronica, ambient, minimal techno, symphonic techno, IDM
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano, Personal computer, Keyboards, Synthesizer
Years active 1986–present
Labels Sumthing Else
La-La Land Records
Associated acts Silents DK, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Choir
Website http://www.jesperkyd.com/

Jesper Kyd Jakobson (born February 3, 1972 in Hørsholm, Denmark) is a Danish composer, who has worked on video game, television, and film scores. He has composed soundtracks for the Assassin's Creed series, Hitman series, Borderlands series, Darksiders II and State of Decay, among many others. His scores use orchestra, choir, acoustic manipulations and electronic soundscapes.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Kyd started playing piano at an early age. Later, he took several years of training in classical guitar, note reading, choir singing and classical composition for piano. However, he is mostly self-taught.[2][3] Kyd started using computers for composing on a Commodore 64 at age 14,[4] and later an Amiga.[5] He and Mikael Balle became members of the demogroup Silents DK, and later started collaborating with a group of coders known as Crionics.[6] They eventually made the Amiga demoscene production Hardwired.[7][8] Kyd also created and scored the first wild demo, Global Trash 2, together with Mikael Balle.

Kyd then left the demoscene and started to work as a game musician. He and others created the computer game developer Zyrinx and a game called Sub-Terrania for the Sega Genesis. The team then relocated to Boston. Kyd composed music for two additional Zyrinx titles, Red Zone and Scorcher and the music for two externally developed games, Amok and The Adventures of Batman and Robin. Zyrinx dissolved when their game publisher Scavenger went bankrupt.

Freelance[edit]

Many former Zyrinx members returned to Denmark to start IO Interactive, but Kyd moved to New York City and set up his own sound studio in Manhattan called "Nano studios". He then worked as a freelance video game musician.

He worked on Bioware's MDK2, Shiny's Messiah and IO's Hitman: Codename 47.[9] The soundtrack to Codename 47 was based on urban soundscapes and ethnic instrumentation.[10] He then recorded the soundtrack of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin with 110 musicians of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

He recorded the score for the action/adventure Freedom Fighters with the Hungarian Radio choir. It was described by Film Score Monthly Magazine as "Vangelis on steroids". Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards nominated him for Best Use of Soundtrack, and Game Audio Network Guild Awards nominated him for "Best Original Vocal Song – Choral" (for Main Title and March of the Empire). Leading video game web site GameSpot awarded Freedom Fighters "Best Music of the Year".

He used modern electronica and symphonic and choral music in Hitman: Contracts. It was awarded Best Original Music by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts at the 2005 BAFTA Games Awards and won Best Cinematic / Cut-Scene Audio at the 2005 G.A.N.G. Awards.[11] Kyd then provided the music for Ubisoft’s Assassin's Creed, created by developer Patrice Desilets. He produced a cinematic score for Altair’s Middle-Eastern story. He then produced the music for Assassin's Creed II, recorded in Los Angeles.

Kyd wrote the soundtrack for the action/adventure Darksiders II, notable for being his first entirely non-digital score.[12]

Kyd lives in Burbank, California and is represented by The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Inc..

Credits[edit]

Kyd has composed music for many different forms of visual and non-visual media:

Games[edit]

Movies[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • 2011 - Somnolence
  • 2010 - The Auctioneers
  • 2006 - Virus
  • 2006 - Impulse
  • 2003 - Cycle
  • 2002 - Pure
  • 2002 - Paper Plane Man
  • 2002 - Day Pass
  • 2001 - Going with Neill
  • 2001 - The Lion Tamer
  • 2000 - Organizm

TV series[edit]

Trailers[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2012 The Current (MPR) - Best Video game score of 2012 Winner
  • 2012 Games Radar Platinum Chalice Awards - Best Soundtrack
  • 2012 MSNBC Ingame Awards - Best Video Game Music Nomination
  • 2012 GameSpot Best Soundtracks of 2012
  • 2012 MTV Multiplayer Best Music of 2012 - Honorable Mention
  • 2012 PC Gamer Best Music Of The Year - Honorable Mention
  • 2012 Telegraph Video Game Awards - Best Original Score Nomination
  • 2012 Global Music Awards - Best Original Score Winner
  • 2012 Machinema Awards - Best Original Score Nomination
  • 2012 GameZone GOTY Awards - Best Original Soundtrack Nomination
  • 2012 G4TV X-Play Awards - Best Soundtrack Nomination
  • 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Awards - Best Original Score (VG) Nomination
  • 2012 Canadian Video Game Awards - Best Original Music Nomination
  • 2012 BAFTA British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Original Score Nomination
  • 2011 GameSpot Readers Choice Special Achievement Awards - Best Music Winner
  • 2011 GameSpot Editors Choice Special Achievement Awards - Best Music Nomination
  • 2011 Gold Spirit Awards - Best Video Game Score Nomination
  • 2011 Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences - Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Nomination
  • 2011 Game Audio Network Guild Awards - Music of the Year Nomination
  • 2011 Soundtrack Geek Awards - Best Video Game Score Nomination
  • 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Awards - Best Original Score (VG) Nomination
  • 2010 Gold Spirit Awards: Best Video Game Score Winner
  • 2010 BAFTA British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Original Score Nomination
  • 2010 International Film Music Critics Association - Best Original Video Game Score Nomination
  • 2010 Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences - Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Nomination
  • 2010 Game Audio Network Guild Awards - Music of the Year Winner
  • 2009 IGN Best of the Year Awards - Best Soundtrack Winner (PlayStation 3)
  • 2009 GameSpot Readers Choice Special Achievement Awards - Best Original Score Winner
  • 2009 GameSpot Editors Choice Special Achievement Awards - Best Original Score Nomination
  • 2009 Hollywood Music in Media Awards - Best Original Score (VG) Winner
  • 2009 Gamespy Editors' Choice Awards - Best Original Music Winner
  • 2009 Spike Video Game Awards - Best Original Score Nomination
  • 2009 G4TV X-Play Awards - Best Original Soundtrack Nomination
  • 2009 Machinima Awards - Best Original Score Nomination
  • 2008 BAFTA - Best Original Music Nomination (British Academy Award)
  • 2008 Hollywood Music Awards - Best Original Score Nomination
  • 2008 Golden Joystick Awards - Soundtrack of the Year Nomination
  • 2008 ELAN Awards - Best Video Game Score Winner
  • 2007 GameSpot - Best Video Game Score Nomination
  • 2007 3 G.A.N.G. Nominations, including Music of the Year
  • 2006 MTV Video Music Awards - Best Video Game Score Nomination
  • 2006 IGN Best Original Score Winner
  • 2006 Golden Joystick Awards - Best Game Soundtrack Nomination
  • 2006 4 G.A.N.G. Nominations Including Music of the Year
  • 2005 BAFTA - Winner Best Original Music Award (British Academy Award)
  • 2005 G.A.N.G. Winner Best Music for Cinematic/Cut Scene
  • 2005 PSE2 Editor's Choice GOLD - Freedom Fighters Soundtrack CD
  • 2004 Billboard Awards Best Music Nomination 2004
  • 2004 IGN - Best Soundtrack Nomination
  • 2004 3 G.A.N.G. Nominations
  • 2004 PSE2 Editor's Choice GOLD - Hitman Contracts Soundtrack CD
  • 2003 GameSpot - Best Soundtrack of the Year Winner
  • 2003 Game Reactor - Best Original Soundtrack Winner
  • 2003 PSE2 Editor's Choice GOLD - Hitman 2 Soundtrack CD
  • 2002 Games Agent - Best Original Soundtrack Winner
  • 2002 GameSpot - Best Original Soundtrack of the Year Nomination
  • 2002 X-Sages - Soundtrack of the Year Nomination
  • 2002 IGN - Best Sound Nomination
  • 2002 Action Vault - Outstanding Achievement In Music
  • 2002 Bolt Games - Bolt Games Music Award

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