Jason Graves is an Academy Award-winning (BAFTA) composer who has brought his passion for music to franchises such as TOMB RAIDER (SQUARE ENIX) and DEAD SPACE (EA). He is particularly enthusiastic about illustrating a project’s story and character arcs through the power of music. His sophisticated composition style has made his music synonymous with unique musical textures and cinematic orchestral writing.
Crystal Dynamics entrusted Jason with their innovative reboot of the iconic TOMB RAIDER franchise, giving him creative freedom to infuse atmosphere, emotion and authenticity to Lara’s origins story through his score. The end result combines found sounds, authentic percussion and a truly unique custom instrument interwoven with orchestral themes and textures.
Jason was solely responsible for creating an innovative, unique soundtrack for DEAD SPACE, which has become Electronic Arts’ best-selling original title and called “the scariest game ever made.” Jason’s groundbreaking score has been hailed by critics as a “truly original soundtrack” and “the best score of the year.” It was recognized with a myriad of worldwide nominations and won two BAFTA awards – one for Original Score and one for Use of Audio. For the latter, the Academy stated, “It’s the music soundtrack that boasts horror and tension.”
Jason’s diverse musical background as a classically-trained composer, drummer, keyboardist, guitarist and world percussionist allow him to expertly compose in many different genres of music. As a result, his game credits alone include more than one hundred titles, ranging from electronic and rock to full symphonic scores. He performs world percussion, drums and guitar on many of his own tracks and has conducted and recorded his live orchestral scores at Abbey Road Studios, Air Studios London, Capitol Records, FOX, Paramount Pictures and Skywalker Sound.
Jason also composes for film and television, including the feature films ADRENALINE and UNKNOWN CALLER and the upcoming film OPERATOR. His music has been licensed for television shows such as AMERICAN IDOL and THE AMAZING RACE.
In 2013, Jason provided an immersive orchestral score for EA’s highly anticipated DEAD SPACE 3, recorded at Abbey Road Studios and performed by the London Philharmonia. He recorded RESISTANCE: BURNING SKIES at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville and composed a blues-based score for the documentary film THE CARDBOARD BERNINI.
In addition to two BAFTA wins, Jason’s music has been honored with two BAFTA nominations for DEAD SPACE 2 and TOMB RAIDER, plus three Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Award (AIAS) nominations, winning “Outstanding Achievement in Audio” for DEAD SPACE. He has received 21 G.A.N.G. nominations and four wins, including “Audio of the Year” for DEAD SPACE and DEAD SPACE 2, “Best Original Theme” nominations for DEAD SPACE 2, STAR TREK: LEGACY and BLAZING ANGELS 2 and “Music of the Year” nominations for DEAD SPACE and KING ARTHUR.