Richard Adrian Jacques (//; 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, LittleBigPlanet 2, Alice In Wonderland, Starship Troopers and Headhunter, 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, and some of the best global brands such as Audi, Bacardi, Mercedes-Benz and Stella Artois. His music for television includes top brand shows for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He is a Fellow of Wells Cathedral School and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex.
Jacques at the October 2007 Video Games Live's meet and greet event
|Birth name||Richard Adrian Jacques|
|Born||2 April 1973|
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
|Labels||La-La Land Records|
Sumthing Else Music Works
West One Music
Fired Earth Music
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, 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 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. He was immediately hired as an in-house composer at Sega Europe.
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.
Jacques's perhaps best known and acclaimed work at SEGA came with 2001's Headhunter was the first video game soundtrack to be recorded with A-list musicians at Abbey Road Studios' Studio One. The soundtrack was well received, and won multiple awards including Game Audio Network Guild 'Recognition Award', 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. 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 and Ivor Novello 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. 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, Prize Island and Catchphrase, amongst other shows.
In 2018, Jacques was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award from the Game Audio Network Guild.
|F1 Challenge (European ver.)||Composition/arrangement||Adam Salkeld|
|Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition||Composition/arrangement||Kenichi Tokoi, Jun Senoue, and Tomonori Sawada|
|Sonic 3D Blast (Sega Saturn)||Composition/arrangement|
|2000||Jet Set Radio||Composition/arrangement||Hideki Naganuma and various others|
|Metropolis Street Racer||Composition/arrangement|
|2002||Jet Set Radio Future||Composition/arrangement||Hideki Naganuma and various others|
|Total Immersion Racing||Composition/arrangement|
|EyeToy: Play 2||Composition/arrangement|
|EyeToy: Play 3||Composition/arrangement||Matt Coldrick|
|2006||Sega Rally 2006||Composition/arrangement||Various others|
|Mass Effect||Composition/arrangement||Jack Wall, Sam Hulick and David Kates|
|Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice||Composition/arrangement||Jeff Tymoschuk|
|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|
|2014||Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric||Composition/arrangement|
|Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal||Composition/arrangement|
|2016||Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice||Composition/arrangement|
|2019||Team Sonic Racing||Composition/arrangement||Jun Senoue|
- Genes Reunited information.
- on YouTube
- "Music list from IMB".
- "Game music connect - Agencies Richard has worked with".
- "No sheet music - Clients of Jacques".
- "Game music connect - BBC, ITV and Channel 4".
- "Fellow of Wells Cathedral School".
- "Royal Academy Of Music".
- "Wells Cathedral School".
- "BA degree in Music".
- "Work for SEGA".
- Jacques's VGM Rush profile Archived 20 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- "No Sheet Music - Headhunter composition at Abbey Road Studios".
- "Headhunter (PAL Import) – Dreamcast Review at IGN". Dreamcast.ign.com. 7 January 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- "G.A.N.G Award 2003".
- "BAFTA nomination".
- "Ivor Novello nomination".
- "Music + Sound Award 2011".
- "Fifteenth to one game show".
- "Prize Island music".
- "Catchphrase IMB".
- "G.A.N.G awards - Life time achievement".
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