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 name Richard Adrian Jacques
Born (1973-04-02) 2 April 1973 (age 45)[1]
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
  • Composer
  • musician
Years active 1994–present
Labels La-La Land Records
Sumthing Else Music Works

Richard Adrian Jacques (/ks/;[2] born 2 April 1973) is a British composer, who is most known for his various contributions in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series by Sega.

Early life[edit]

Born in Leamington Spa, England, into a musical family, Jacques was interested in composing from an early age. He wrote his first music achievement, a piano duet, at the age of nine.[3] Richard began studying music at Colchester Institute School of Music and Wells Cathedral School, but he got his primary music education at Royal Academy of Music, where was exposed to a number of instruments and was taught to play in various genres, from jazz to rock.[3] In 1994, Jacques graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition. Two days after his graduation, he was hired as an in-house composer at Sega Europe.[3]


At Sega Europe, Jacques began by doing soundtracks for a number of Sega Saturn games, most notably jazz, eurodance and powerpop-influenced scores for the Sega Saturn version of Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic R. In 2000, he also created the music and interactive radio system for Metropolis Street Racer, and composed an additional hip-hop tune for Jet Set Radio. Jacques's perhaps best known and acclaimed work at Sega came with 2001's Headhunter.[4] Jacques composed it with London Session Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, scoring dramatic orchestral pieces. The soundtrack was well received,[5] won awards, was historically performed at first Symphonic Game Music Concert at Leipzig and became popular entry at Video Games Live event.[4] Jacques left Sega Europe shortly after Headhunter's release and became freelancer, but contributed to soundtracks of sequels of Headhunter and Jet Set Radio Future, and still composes for titles in Sonic the Hedgehog series. Aside from composing video game music, Richard also writes pieces for commercials and Video Games Live. He also composed some of the music in the BBC TV game-show series Don't Scare The Hare, amongst other shows and films.


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


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