Biography

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 upcoming feature films ADRENALINE
and UNKNOWN CALLER. His music has been licensed for television shows such as AMERICAN
IDOL and THE AMAZING RACE.

Recently, Jason provided a 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 twenty one 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.

Jason Graves is represented by the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.

Award Highlights

  • BAFTA: Use of Audio*
    Tomb Raider

  • SXSW Gaming Awards: Excellence In Musical Score*
    Tomb Raider

  • NAVGTR: Original Dramatic Score
    Tomb Raider

  • IFMCA: Best Original Score*
    Resistance: Burning Skies

  • British Academy Award: Use of Audio*
    Dead Space 2

    • Game Developer’s Choice Awards: Best Audio*
      Dead Space 2

      • BSO Spirit Awards: Best Original Score*
        Dead Space 2

        • Square Enix Music: Outstanding Contribution by Composer
          Jason Graves (2011)

          • Square Enix Music: Outstanding Contribution by Ensemble
            Lacrimosa; Quartet San Francisco

            • Square Enix Music: Best Score*
              Dead Space 2

              • Square Enix Music: Best Score*
                Might and Magic Heroes VI

                • HMMA Original Score*
                  Dead Space 2

                  • Square Enix Music: Outstanding Contribution by Composer*
                    Jason Graves (2010)

                    • Square Enix Music: Best Theme Instrumental
                      Alpha Protocol

                      • British Academy Award: Best Original Score
                        Dead Space

                        • British Academy Award: Use of Audio
                          Dead Space

                          • AIAS: Outstanding Achievement in Audio
                            Dead Space

                            • AIAS: Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition*
                              Dead Space

                              • Game Developer’s Choice Award: Audio Of The Year
                                Dead Space

                                • BSO Spirit Award: Best Videogame Score*
                                  Dead Space

                                  • AIAS: Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition*
                                    Rise of the Kasai

                                    • *nominated