Dan Jones is a multi award-winning composer and sound designer working in film, television and theatre. Recent credits include Louis Theroux’s documentary feature, My Scientology Movie, the primetime BBC drama series SS-GB and The Replacement, the second series of BBC’s hugely successful The Hollow Crown, Menno Meyjes’ feature, De Reünie, Carnival’s The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and Ecosse Films’ The Great Fire (both for ITV). Other notable film credits include Shadow of the Vampire, starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe, which received two Oscar nominations (Dan himself being long-listed by Variety as an Oscar contender for his score); The Tonto Woman, also nominated for an Oscar in the short films category; and Max, starring John Cusack and Noah Taylor, for which he won his first Ivor Novello award. For Channel 4/Carnival’s Any Human Heart Dan won BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards as well as gaining double Emmy nominations. In the realm of the theatre, in 2011 Dan received the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Sound Design, at the Prague Quadrennial awards for his work on the acclaimed production Kursk. Dan is currently scoring On Chesil Beach, the feature adaptation of the acclaimed Ian McEwan novel.
Dan’s work is notable for its range as much as its quality. The luxuriant romanticism and gorgeous melodies of his scores for Any Human Heart, Max and A Matador’s Mistress (starring Penelope Cruz and Adrien Brody) contrast with the ambient minimalism used in Criminal Justice and Dead Set (E4’s high-profile horror drama based on Big Brother). He is equally at home writing for the orchestra, as in his epic score for Sir David Attenborough’s 10-part The Life of Mammals, and for electronics - often in a highly experimental way. These two skills are brought together in his score for The Spectre of Hope, a documentary film about the photographer Sebastiao Salgado.
As well as working extensively in the theatre, not least as co-director of The Sound and Fury Theatre Company, Dan is also acclaimed for his work on art installations, such as Suburban Counterpoint: Music for Seven Ice-Cream Vans (Norwich Festival and London International Festival of Theatre, 2010), Sky Orchestra (Bristol, 2003, Birmingham 2004, Stratford-upon-Avon 2006/7, Sydney and London 2011), and Listening Posts at Cork Harbour.
Dan read music at Oxford University where he graduated with first class honours. He received the Ralph Vaughan Williams Electro-Acoustic Scholarship 1995 which he spent at the Centro Richerche Musicali in Rome, and has also studied contemporary music theatre at the Banff Centre for the Arts