Jesper Kyd facts for kids
Jesper Kyd Jakobson ( born 3 February 1972) is a Danish composer and sound designer who has worked on various video game, television, and film projects. He has composed soundtracks for the Hitman series, Assassin's Creed series, Borderlands series, Darksiders II and State of Decay, among many others. His scores use orchestra, choir, acoustic manipulations and electronic soundscapes.
Kyd started playing the 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. Kyd started using computers for composing on a Commodore 64 at age 14, and later an Amiga. He and Mikael Balle became members of the demogroup Silents DK, and later started collaborating with a group of coders known as Crionics. They eventually made the Amiga demoscene production Hardwired. 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 for the Sega Genesis. Zyrinx dissolved when their game publisher Scavenger went bankrupt.
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.
The soundtrack to Hitman: Codename 47 was based on urban soundscapes and ethnic instrumentation. He then recorded the soundtrack of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin with 110 musicians of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and Hungarian Radio 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".
Kyd then provided a cinematic middle eastern-based score for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed. He then wrote music for several games in the Assassin's Creed and Borderlands franchise. Kyd also wrote the soundtrack for the action/adventure Darksiders II, notable for being his first entirely non-digital score.
Kyd lives in Burbank, California and is represented by The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Inc.
Jesper Kyd's influences include composers such as Ottorino Respighi, Igor Stravinsky, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Mike Oldfield, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and bands such as Röyksopp, the Knife, Pink Floyd, and Underworld.
|1990||U.S.S. John Young|
|1993||Pro Moves Soccer|
|1995||The Adventures of Batman & Robin||Sega Mega Drive/Genesis version|
|2000||MDK2||with Albert Olson and Raymond Watts|
|Hitman: Codename 47|
|2001||The Nations: Alien Nations 2|
|LightWeight Ninja||with Eric Heberling, Speier Music Productions and REMedia|
|2002||Minority Report: The Video Game|
|Hitman 2: Silent Assassin|
|2003||Brute Force||with James Hannigan|
|Wirtschaftsgiganten - Die Ultimative Collection|
|Prisms of Light 2|
|2004||McFarlane's Evil Prophecy|
|Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIX 2|
|2005||Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory||with Amon Tobin|
|2006||Hitman: Blood Money|
|Close Quarters Conflict|
|2007||Kane & Lynch: Dead Men|
|Unreal Tournament 3||with Rom Di Prisco|
|2008||The Club||main theme|
|The Chronicles of Spellborn|
|2009||Borderlands||with Cris Velasco, Sascha Dikiciyan, and Raison Varner|
|Assassin's Creed II|
|2010||Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood|
|2011||Forza Motorsport 4|
|Assassin's Creed: Revelations||with Lorne Balfe|
|2012||Soulcalibur V||with several others|
|Transformers: Prime - The Game||with several others|
|Borderlands 2||with Cris Velasco, Sascha Dikiciyan, and Raison Varner|
|2013||State of Decay||with Dreissk|
|Sparta: War of Empires|
|2014||Pirates: Tides of Fortune|
|Stormfall: Age of War|
|Heroes & Generals|
|Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!||with Des Shore and Justin Mullins|
|2015||Moonrise||with Jeff Broadbent|
|Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide|
|2016||Robinson: The Journey|
|Battle Chasers: Nightwar|
|2018||Warhammer: Vermintide 2|
|State of Decay 2||with Dreissk|
|2019||Borderlands 3||with Michael McCann, Finishing Move Inc., Raison Varner|
|2020||Assassin's Creed Valhalla||with Sarah Schachner and Einar Selvik|
|2002||Death of a Saleswoman|
|2003||Night All Day|
|2007||La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928, new score)|
|2010||A Perfect Soldier|
|2015||Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe|
|2001||The Lion Tamer|
|Going with Neill|
|Paper Plane Man|
|Assassin's Creed: Embers|
|2012-13||Métal Hurlant Chronicles|
|2005||BAFTA Award for Best Original Music|
|2005||G.A.N.G. Award for Best Cinematic/Cut-Scene Audio|
|2009||G.A.N.G. Award for Music of the Year|
|Hollywood Music in Media Award|
|2018||Nile Rodgers Global Creators Award|
|2004||G.A.N.G Award for "Best Original Vocal Song – Choral"|
|Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards nomination for Best Use of Soundtrack|
|2006||MTV's Video Music Awards in the Best Video Game Score category|
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