Richard Jacques

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Richard Jacques
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Jacques at the October 2007 Video Games Live's meet and greet event
Background information
Birth nameRichard Adrian Jacques
Born (1973-04-02) 2 April 1973 (age 45)[1]
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Composer
  • Musician
  • Arranger
  • Orchestration
Years active1994–present
LabelsLa-La Land Records
Sumthing Else Music Works
West One Music
Fired Earth Music

Richard Adrian Jacques (/ks/;[2] born 2 April 1973) is a British multi-award winning composer of film, television and video game music. Best known for his critically acclaimed orchestral scores for blockbuster franchises such as James Bond 007: Bloodstone, Mass Effect, Little Big Planet 2, Alice In Wonderland, Starship Troopers and Headhunter,[3] Jacques has collaborated with numerous premier TV and movie theatre campaigns for some of the world's largest media agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and McCann Ericsson,[4] and some of the best global brands such as Audi, Bacardi, Mercedes-Benz and Stella Artois.[5] His music for television includes top brand shows for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.[6] He is a Fellow of Wells Cathedral School and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex.[7]

Early life[edit]

Born in Leamington Spa, England, Jacques was interested in composing music from an early age. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London,[8] studying trombone and piano, and showed a keen interest in composition in multiple styles including orchestral, jazz and popular music genres. He then attended Wells Cathedral School[9] aged 16 as a Specialist Musician, where he also took up Percussion. In 1994 Jacques graduated with a Batchelor of Arts degree in Music from Colchester Institute / University of Essex.[10] He was immediately hired as an in-house composer at Sega Europe.

Career[edit]

At Sega Europe, Jacques began by composing soundtracks for a number of Sega Saturn and Dreamcast games such as Daytona CCE, Sonic 3D, Jet Set Radio, Metropolis Street Racer and Jet Set Radio Future.[11]

Jacques's perhaps best known and acclaimed work at SEGA came with 2001's Headhunter[12] was the first video game soundtrack to be recorded with A-list musicians at Abbey Road Studios' Studio One[13]. The soundtrack was well received,[14] and won multiple awards including Game Audio Network Guild 'Recognition Award',[15] and was performed at the first Symphonic Game Music Concert at The Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Video Games Live events including the inaugural concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 2015.[12] Jacques left Sega Europe shortly after Headhunter's release and became a freelance composer, continuing his relationship with SEGA by scoring Headhunter: Redemption in 2004.

Jacques went on to compose the BAFTA[16] and Ivor Novello[17] nominated original music for James Bond 007: Blood Stone, which is a big energy score that immerses the audience in a thrilling, cinematic Bond experience. The score received top honours for "Best Original Composition" from the Music and Sound Awards 2012.[18] After this, Jacques composed the music for the Alice In Wonderland game, for Disney in 2010, and Little Big Planet 2 for Sony in 2011.

Soon after, Richard opened a new studio in central London AUDISSI where which he writes original music for new advertising, television. video games and other visual media projects, including an animated feature film. This included music for TV game-shows such as: The Crystal Maze, Fifteen to one,[19] Prize Island[20] and Catchphrase,[21] amongst other shows.

In 2018, Jacques was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award from the Game Audio Network Guild.[22]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2003 PlayStation Magazine Editors Choice Gold Award Headhunter / Headhunter: Redemption Original Soundtrack Won
Game Audio Network Guild[23] Best Original Instrumental Song Jack's Theme Nominee
Game Audio Network Guild[24] Best Live Performance Recording Jack's Theme Nominee
Game Audio Network Guild[25] Music Of The Year Headhunter Nominee
Game Audio Network Guild[26] Soundtrack Of The Year Headhunter Nominee
Game Audio Network Guild[27] Recognition Award Headhunter Won
Soundtrack.Net Best Of The Year Awards Headhunter / Headhunter: Redemption Won
BSO Spirit Awards[28] Best Original Score Headhunter Won
Game Audio Network Guild[29] Best Original Soundtrack Album Headhunter / Headhunter: Redemption Nominee
Game Audio Network Guild[30] Best Original Instrumental Main Title From Headhunter / Headhunter Nominee
2005 Game Audio Network Guild[31] Best Audio Handheld Pursuit Force Nominee
2007 Develop Industry Excellence Awards [32] Audio Accomplishment Battlestations Midway Nominee
Game Stooge Awards Best Original Score Mass Effect Nominee
Spike TV Video Game Awards[33] Best Original Score Mass Effect Nominee
G4 TV Best Original Soundtrack Mass Effect Nominee
Gamespy Best Original Soundtrack / Score Mass Effect Won
Gamespot Best Original Music Mass Effect Won
Gamezone Awards Best Original Score Mass Effect Won
Game Audio Network Guild[34] Best Original Soundtrack Mass Effect Nominee
Game Audio Network Guild[35] Best Original Instrumental 'The Citadel from Mass Effect Nominee
Game Audio Network Guild[36] Best Cinematic / Cut Scene Audio Mass Effect Nominee
Game Audio Network Guild[37] Audio Of The Year Mass Effect Nominee
Canadian Awards for the Electronic & Animated Arts Best Original Score Mass Effect Nominee
2008 Game Audio Network Guild[38] Best Original Instrumental 'Oscar Night from You're In The Movies Nominee
Develop Industry Excellence Awards Creative Outsourcing Won
2010 Game Audio Network Guild[39] Best Original Vocal Choral Alice Theme from Alice In Wonderland Nominee
2011 Gold Spirit Awards Best Video Game Score James Bond 007: Blood Stone Nominee
Game Audio Network Guild[40] Best Interactive Score James Bond 007: Blood Stone Nominee
Game Audio Network Guild[41] Best Original Instrumental Athens Harbour Chase from James Bond 007: Blood Stone Won
Gold Spirit Awards Best Score James Bond 007: Blood Stone Nominee
International Film Music Critics Association[42] Best Original Score For A Video Game or Interactive Media James Bond 007: Blood Stone Nominee
BAFTA Games Awards [43] Original Music James Bond 007: Blood Stone Nominee
Ivor Novello Awards [44] Best Original Video Game Score James Bond 007: Blood Stone Nominee
Music + Sound Awards[45] Best Original Composition (Games) James Bond 007: Blood Stone Won
2018 Game Audio Network Guild Life Time Achievement Award Won

Works[edit]

Video games
Year Title Role Co-worker(s)
1995 Darxide Composition/arrangement Adam Salkeld
F1 Challenge (European ver.) Composition/arrangement Adam Salkeld
1996 Shinobi X Composition/arrangement
Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition Composition/arrangement Kenichi Tokoi, Jun Senoue, and Tomonori Sawada
Sonic 3D Blast (Sega Saturn) Composition/arrangement
1997 Sonic R Composition/arrangement
2000 Jet Set Radio Composition/arrangement Hideki Naganuma and various others
Metropolis Street Racer Composition/arrangement
2001 Headhunter Composition/arrangement
2002 Jet Set Radio Future Composition/arrangement Hideki Naganuma and various others
Total Immersion Racing Composition/arrangement
2003 Headhunter: Redemption Composition/arrangement
2004 OutRun 2 Arrangement
EyeToy: Play 2 Composition/arrangement
2005 Starship Troopers Composition/arrangement
EyeToy: Play 3 Composition/arrangement Matt Coldrick
Pursuit Force Composition/arrangement
2006 Sega Rally 2006 Composition/arrangement Various others
OutRun 2006 Arrangement
2007 Battlestations: Midway Composition/arrangement
Mass Effect Composition/arrangement Jack Wall, Sam Hulick and David Kates
Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice Composition/arrangement Jeff Tymoschuk
2008 The Club Composition/arrangement
Conflict: Denied Ops Composition/arrangement
Sega Superstars Tennis Composition/arrangement
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Composition/arrangement Steven Sim
Hasbro Family Game Night Composition/arrangement
You're in the Movies Composition/arrangement
2009 Sonic and the Black Knight Composition/arrangement Various others
Battlestations: Pacific Composition/arrangement David Kates
2010 Alice in Wonderland: An Adventure Beyond the Mirror Composition/arrangement Wu Songming
Alice in Wonderland Composition/arrangement
James Bond 007: Blood Stone Composition/arrangement
Fluidity Composition/arrangement Allister Brimble and Anthony Putson
2011 Fate of the World Composition/arrangement
Sonic Generations Composition/arrangement Sega Digital Studio
2012 LittleBigPlanet: The Muppets Premium Level Kit Composition/arrangement
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Composition/arrangement
2013 Alice in Wonderland: A New Champion Composition/arrangement
Powerstar Golf Composition/arrangement
2014 Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Composition/arrangement
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Composition/arrangement
2016 Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice Composition/arrangement

References[edit]

  1. ^ Genes Reunited information.
  2. ^ "Richard Jacques - Play Fest Interview" on YouTube
  3. ^ "Music list from IMB".
  4. ^ "Game music connect - Agencies Richard has worked with".
  5. ^ "No sheet music - Clients of Jacques".
  6. ^ "Game music connect - BBC, ITV and Channel 4".
  7. ^ "Fellow of Wells Cathedral School".
  8. ^ "Royal Academy Of Music".
  9. ^ "Wells Cathedral School".
  10. ^ "BA degree in Music".
  11. ^ "Work for SEGA".
  12. ^ a b Jacques's VGM Rush profile Archived 20 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine..
  13. ^ "No Sheet Music - Headhunter composition at Abbey Road Studios".
  14. ^ "Headhunter (PAL Import) – Dreamcast Review at IGN". Dreamcast.ign.com. 7 January 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  15. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2003".
  16. ^ "BAFTA nomination".
  17. ^ "Ivor Novello nomination".
  18. ^ "Music + Sound Award 2011".
  19. ^ "Fifteenth to one game show".
  20. ^ "Prize Island music".
  21. ^ "Catchphrase IMB".
  22. ^ "G.A.N.G awards - Life time achievement".
  23. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2003".
  24. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2003".
  25. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2003".
  26. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2003".
  27. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2003".
  28. ^ "BSO spirit award".
  29. ^ "G.A.N.G award 2003".
  30. ^ "G.A.N.G award 2003".
  31. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2010".
  32. ^ "Develop Industry Excellence Award 2007".
  33. ^ "Spike TV Video Game Awards 2007".
  34. ^ "G.A.N.G award 2007".
  35. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2007".
  36. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2007".
  37. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2007".
  38. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2008".
  39. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2010".
  40. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2011".
  41. ^ "G.A.N.G Award 2011".
  42. ^ "Film Music Critic award".
  43. ^ "BAFTA Award 2011".
  44. ^ "Ivor Novello Awards".
  45. ^ "Music + Sound Award 2011".

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