John Broomhall is the composer of such iconic games as Transport Tycoon and X-COM, and recently composed music for key Xbox One launch title, Forza Motorsport 5, recorded at George Lucas’s Skywalker Sound. His prolific career encompasses contributions to many other celebrated productions. A multi-faceted independent music and audio creative with many years’ experience in both the music and videogames industries, he has held a number of senior in-house and outsourced management roles and has dozens of published titles to his credit as composer/producer, audio director/consultant, sound effects designer and voice director.
Broomhall has chaired many BAFTA Audio Awards and sat on the BAFTA Videogames Committee for the maximum allowable years. He regularly speaks/lectures about game audio at seminars, conferences and universities. He organises/chairs the annual Develop Conference Audio Track, writes a monthly column for well-known industry magazine, Develop, is a contributor to pro-audio publications Audio Media and Audio Technology, and sits on the Editorial Board of academic journal The New Soundtrack.
Broomhall has served on Skillset’s Game Forum and advised on the National Occupational Standards for both Interactive Media and Sound. In 2009 he was honored with a Recognition Award by the Game Audio Network Guild of America. In 2011, he was invited to give the keynote address at the Audio Engineering Society’s conference in London and in 2013, co-founded Game Music Connect, hosting its inaugural event at London’s South Bank.
He’s also a session keyboard player, producer and songwriter (published by Allied Songwriters/Notting Hill Music).