The Sound Architect catches up with audio extraordinaire, James Stant. James is a British composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Leicestershire, he now resides in Cambridge and works as a Senior Audio Designer at Frontier Developments, a 260-person studio founded by Elite co-creator David Braben.
James’ passion for audio led him to study at Coventry University, where he gained undergraduate and master’s degrees in Music Composition. Upon completion of his academic studies, he went on to undertake non-audio roles at Codemasters and Blitz Games Studios, working on a number of high-profile console and mobile games.
During his in-house employment at Rare and Frontier, he has made audio contributions to many major gaming franchises, with credits including Xbox One launch title ‘Zoo Tycoon’, ‘Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts’ and the BAFTA-winning ‘Kinect Sports’. James’ past freelance audio work also features a rich catalogue of games released across a variety of platforms, including titles published by Microsoft and Ubisoft.
In December 2013, he was listed as one of Develop Magazine’s ’30 Under 30’; an international selection of promising game development talents under the age of thirty.
Outside of game development, James remains an active performing musician and has played in front of crowds of thousands at some of the UK’s biggest venues and events, such as Nottingham Rock City, O2 Academy Birmingham 1/2/3, O2 Academy Oxford 1 and most recently, Download Festival at Donington Park.
Read the full interview here: Interview with Sound Designer and Composer, James Stant
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