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Grant Kirkhope

Biography

Scottish-born composer known mainly for his gaming soundtracks. For his focus on the 2007 video game Viva Pinata, he gained a English Academy of Film and Tv Arts (BAFTA) nomination. After their studies at England’s Royal North University of Music, he used a UK jazz band known as Zoot as well as the Origins. He worked well for Rare, Ltd., an British video game organization, from 1995-2008. He was created in Edinburgh, Scotland and elevated in North Yorkshire, Britain. He later relocated to america, settling in LA, California. He performed a lot of his gaming soundtrack compositions on a power guitar directed at him by Eddie Vehicle Halen.

Quick Facts


Full Name Grant Kirkhope
Date Of Birth July 10, 1962
Place Of Birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Profession Composer
Education Royal Northern College of Music
Nationality British, Scottish
Nominations BAFTA Games Award for Original Score
Movies Charming, The Ugly Duckling
Star Sign Cancer

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Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yooka-Laylee2017Video Game post-production
The King's Daughter2017completed
Mulva Lends a Hand2016Short completed
A Hat in TimeVideo Game co-composer announced
Ghostbusters2016Video Game
Rare Replay2015Video Game
We Sit. We Drink. No Guns.2015Short
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth2014Video Game
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z2014Video Game
Desktop Dungeons2013Video Game original music by
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse2013Video Game
Cityville 22012Video Game original music by
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning2012Video Game
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts2008Video Game
Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise2008Video Game
Viva Piñata2006-2008TV Series 58 episodes
Viva Piñata2006Video Game
Grabbed by the Ghoulies2003Video Game
Banjo-Tooie2000Video Game
Perfect Dark2000Video Game
Donkey Kong 641999Video Game uncredited
Banjo-Kazooie1998Video Game as Grant 'Clanker' Kirkhope
GoldenEye1997Video Game
Donkey Kong Land 21996Video Game

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yooka-Laylee2017Video Game post-productionTrowzer (voice)
Rare Replay2015Video Game
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move2013Video GameDonkey Kong / Mini DK (voice, uncredited)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!2010Video GameDonkey Kong Mini Donkey Kong (voice, uncredited)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!2009Video GameDonkey Kong Mini Donkey Kong (voice, uncredited)
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts2008Video GameMumbo Jumbo Jinjo Sergeant Jamjars (voice)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis2006Video GameDonkey Kong Mini Donkey Kong (voice, uncredited)
Grabbed by the Ghoulies2003Video Game voice
Banjo-Tooie2000Video GameMumbo Jumbo / Jinjos / King Jingaling / ... (voice)
Donkey Kong 641999Video GameDonkey Kong (voice, uncredited)
Banjo-Kazooie1998Video GameMumbo Jumbo / Jinjos / Gruntlings / ... (voice)
Diddy Kong Racing1997Video GameTiptup (voice, as G. Kirkhope)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
RebelTaxi2016TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Completionist2014-2016TV Series short writer - 2 episodes
JonTron2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Super Smash Bros. Melee2001Video Game writer: "Kongo Jungle/DK Rap"
Donkey Kong 641999Video Game arranger: "DK Island Swing" / writer: "DK Rap"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hot Newz 641999Video documentary short background music: Donkey Kong 64 - uncredited
Blast Corps1997Video Game musician: guitar
Killer Instinct 21996Video Game musician: guitar and MIDI guitar
Game Grumps2013TV Series short composer - 1 episode
Star Fox Adventures2002Video Game musician

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Donkey Kong 641999Video Game development team - as G. Kirkhope

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Players' ScoreDocumentary post-productionHimself (rumored)
Game Grumps2012-2013TV Series shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mario vs. Donkey Kong2004Video GameDonkey Kong (uncredited)
Mario Golf: Advance Tour2004Video GameDonkey Kong (uncredited)
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!2003Video GameDonkey Kong
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour2003Video GameDonkey Kong (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive MediaSid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014)· Geoff Knorr
· Griffin Cohen
· Michael Curran

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive MediaSid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014)· Geoff Knorr
· Griffin Cohen
2012IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive MediaKingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (2012)
2007BAFTA Games AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original ScoreViva Piñata (2006)


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