Jessica is an internationally acclaimed BAFTA-winning composer of contemporary classical music and is also co-founder of renowned games company The Chinese Room. She often writes for unusual spaces and her work has been performed in diverse and high-profile venues such as The Old Vic Tunnels, Sydney Opera House, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Wellcome Trust, MOMI New York, The Royal Opera House and Durham Cathedral. The Washington Post have described her music as “stupendous” and The Guardian recently praised her “gorgeous orchestral score” for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. The Rapture score has been voted in to the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2016.
Jessica wrote the music for the genre-defying Dear Esther, which won awards for Best Audio at the TIGA’s, a GANG award and nominations for Best Audio at the BAFTAs. The music went on a worldwide orchestral tour as part of Replay: Symphony of Heroes.
Her Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs was also multi-award winning and was described as “quite spectacular” by games press. Her BAFTA winning music for acclaimed PS4 title Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture was named soundtrack of the year by MOJO magazine and sat in the Top 10 of both the Official and ClassicFM charts for several weeks. The score recently won Best Score at the Emotional Games Awards, won four GANG awards in San Francisco, including Best Soundtrack and the game won Best Audio and Best Performer as well as Best Music at the BAFTA’s 2016. Game Trailers wrote that "Jessica Curry’s phenomenal musical score deftly waxes and wanes along your journey, setting an atmosphere and progression with varied instrumentation. Magnificent choral arrangements punctuate key moments, and we couldn’t help but stop and bask in their glory.”
The recipient of a PRSF Women Make Music grant, Jessica is currently writing a choral and brass band piece, collaborating with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on a large-scale commission premiering in Durham Cathedral later this year.
In 2015 she was named as one of Gamesindustry.biz’s People of the Year and she has recently been named one of the Top 30 Women in Games by MCV.
Jessica also works as a freelance composer and is available for hire on games, film, television and other projects. To discuss rates and availability, please use the contact form to get in touch.
AMNESIA: A MACHINE FOR PIGS
CURRY IS BACK IN THE BUILDING
Well, it’s (shamefully) been a year since I last updated the news section of my website. I had a steep and slow road to recovery back to health after shipping Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and that necessitated slowing down from my usual frenetic pace. I don’t think this has been any bad thing though as I’ve had time and space to reconnect with friends, family, art and music. This has been a real joy and has given me the headspace to evaluate where I want to travel to next in my career.
Firstly, the reaction to the music of Rapture has been absolutely phenomenal – I receive emails and tweets every day about how much the soundtrack means to people so thank you to all those of you that have taken the time to get in touch. It’s also been nominated for and won many awards, which is incredible. At the time of writing we’ve just been nominated for a jaw-dropping 10 BAFTA’s, including Best Music. I was really pleased that the music was in the Top 10 in the Official and Classic FM charts and it was named Soundtrack of the Year by the esteemed MOJO magazine. I am still so very proud of the team that made our beautiful game and I am still so proud of the game.
So, what have I been up to? Well, I’ve been working with the immensely amazing Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on a new project which is going to premiere in Durham Cathedral in July 2016. The piece is for brass band and choir and it’s been great to team up with Rapture orchestrator Jim Fowler again. I have loved every minute of writing the music for this project and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. I think it may be even sadder than the Rapture music if that’s possible. Thanks go to PRSF Women Make Music Fund, who awarded me a grant to write the music.
I was also selected for FAMLAB, which was organised by British Council, BFI, HOME and PRS. This was an incredible week of masterclasses, workshops and talks with composers and film-makers from all around the world. It was an honour to be selected and I also had a possibly obscene amount of fun during the week. I was definitely one of the naughty ones!
I’m in talks with a record company right now- can’t say more at this point but it is potentially enormously exciting and I’m also finally making moves to put Dear Esther onto vinyl, as so many of you have requested. I’m writing a funding application and I’m also slowly making moves to record my Requiem Perpetual Light: Requiem for an Unscorched Earth.
Lots of you have asked what my role is at The Chinese Room these days…so, I am still a Company Director and am involved with high-level creative, strategic and financial decisions but what I’m not doing is the day to day development as I did with our last three games. I have to say that this suits me much better- I am writing so much more music now and I’m loving it. Dan is doing a grand job running the company and as we are married we of course talk about the company and the new game all the time! I can’t believe that we’re in production with our fourth game and I feel incredibly proud that Dan and I have created a sustainable company and have made three quality games. We are self-funding our new title and although it is a monumentally scary prospect I also know that we have an amazing team who couldn’t let us down if they tried. Dan’s concepts, as always, are magnificent and I can’t wait to get properly started on the music.
Not being involved on a day to day basis means that I’m now available for freelance work, whether that be games, film or media, so do get in touch.
So, when I said I’d slowed down I maybe exaggerated a little ;-) Thank you to everyone who has sent good thoughts and kind wishes over the last year. It’s official: CURRY IS BACK.
If I have one least favourite thing on Twitter (and in life) it's mansplaining. Time for a break from Twitter- see you on the other side!
Also in today's news. Funders see film projects by women as "higher risk" even though they win more awards. ARRGGHHH https://t.co/nVr1eha40k
Stats for women in Proms 2015. I'm so bored of this- it's time for things to change. Can't we all just change them?! https://t.co/C8b70Vzwba
A track I wrote for Rapture during development but that never made it into the final game. I still like it though: https://t.co/pwFSZ04AIF