Jesper Kyd - Composer/Producer
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BAFTA award-winning and Billboard/MTV VMA nominated composer Jesper Kyd first started writing music for visual media in the European ‘demoscene’. At 19 he became part owner of a video game company which later evolved into IO Interactive, the studio behind the Hitman series and Freedom Fighters. Renowned for creating unique scores with a diverse array of live instrumentation and manipulated sounds, Kyd’s immersive soundtracks feature a mix of styles ranging from the iconic orchestral/electronic hybrid scores for the HITMAN series (British Academy Award for Original Music) and anthemic choral score for FREEDOM FIGHTERS (GameSpot Best Original Music), to his four evocative, brand defining scores for Ubisoft’s history inspired ASSASSIN’S CREED series (ACII voted most popular theme music) and the post-apocalyptic / sci-fi themes of the BORDERLANDS series.
In television Kyd composed a variety of music styles for METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES, the live action science-fiction series based on the popular comics anthology “Métal Hurlant,” also known internationally as “Heavy Metal”. Spanning from 1960s cold war drama to distant future, fantasy to medieval, METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES stars Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis), Michael Jai White (Spawn), Darren Shahlavi (Arrow), Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum), and Kelly Brook (Smallville). The second season recently debuted in the US on SyFy and is currently showing across 80 countries worldwide.
Kyd also created the faded Americana acoustic score for Undead Labs’ STATE OF DECAY, the fastest selling original game on Xbox Live Arcade, and the surreal fantasy score for the action-adventure DARKSIDERS II, created by comic book writer/artist Joe Madureira, which garnered numerous critic accolades including Entertainment Weekly’s “Most Played Best Songs of 2012,” Machinima’s “Top 5 Songs of 2012,” “Best Video Game Score of 2012” and “Top 10 Best Video Game Scores Ever” from Minnesota Public Radio.
Most recently Kyd composed an all electronic sci-fi score for BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL: “This is my first synthesizer score since Hitman: Contracts, however it is completely different. There are no traces of real instruments, everything is made with analog synths, drum machines and old gaming consoles. The music is my take on 1980s sci-fi music and electronic music and there’s everything from Commodore 64 and Sega Megadrive instruments to massive analog synths and vintage drum machines. It’s basically a headtrip through 1980s film inspired electronic synth scores with my own twist on that genre.”