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Grant Kirkhope
Grant Kirkhope
Born July 10, 1962 (age 54)

Edinburgh, Scotland

Company Rare (1995-2008)
Big Huge Games (2008-2012)
Kirkcophony (2012-present)
University Royal Northern College of Music (1980-1984)
Current Position Composer
First game Donkey Kong Land 2
Latest game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Twitter grantkirkhope


Grant Kirkhope is a well-known video game composer. He started in Rare in 1995, where he composed for a variety of games, including Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie and Viva Piñata. In 2008, he left the company and joined Big Huge Games, until it shut down in 2012. Since then he has become a freelance composer.

Production History

  • Donkey Kong Land 2 (1996) - Music
  • Killer Instinct 2 (1996) - Live Guitar and Trumpet
  • Killer Instinct Gold (1996) - Guitar and MIDI Guitar
  • Blast Corps (1997) - Live Guitar
  • GoldenEye 007 (1997) - Original Music
  • Project Dream (unreleased) - Music
  • Banjo-Kazooie (1998) - Big Noise Maker (Music) (as Clanker)
  • Donkey Kong 64 (1999) - Development Team (Music)
  • Perfect Dark (2000) - Play that Music Maestro (Music)
  • Perfect Dark (GBC) (2000) - Perfect Dark Team
  • Banjo-Tooie (2000) - The Banjo-Tooie Team (Music)
  • Star Fox Adventures (2002) - Additional Musician
  • Donkey Kong Country (GBA) (2003) - Vocals
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies (2003) - Music & Sound Effects, Voices
  • Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA) (2004) - Vocals
  • Conker: Live & Reloaded (2005) - Live Performance
  • Viva Piñata (2006) - Music & Sound Effects
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (2008) - Clanging and Banging (Music)
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise (2008) - Music & Sound Effects
  • Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise (2008) - Viva Piñata Team
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (2012) - Audio Director, Composer
  • Fart Cat! (2012) - Composer
  • CityVille 2 (2012) - Composer
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (2013) - Composer and Arranger
  • Desktop Dungeons (2013) - Composer
  • Puzzle Charms (2014) - Composer
  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (2014) - Audio Lead, Composer
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014) - Additional Music
  • The Enchanted Cave 2 (2014) - Composer
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide (2015) - Additional Music
  • Ghostbusters (2016) - Music Composer
  • Hex Heroes (2016) - Composer
  • Yooka-Laylee (2017) - Composer
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (2017) - Composer
  • A Hat in Time (2017) - Composer

Special Thanks

  • Rare Replay (2015)

Song Credits

Donkey Kong Land 2

  • Opening Fanfare -- Arrangement
  • K. Rool Returns -- Arrangement
  • Steel Drum Rhumba -- Arrangement
  • Welcome to Crocodile Isle -- Arrangement
  • Snakey Chantey -- Arrangement
  • Lockjaw's Saga -- Arrangement
  • School House Harmony -- Arrangement
  • Funky the Main Monkey -- Arrangement
  • Boss Bossanova -- Arrangement [note: unused]
  • Hot-Head Bop -- Arrangement
  • Bayou Boogie -- Arrangement
  • Flight of the Zinger -- Arrangement
  • Disco Train -- Arrangement
  • Token Tango -- Arrangement
  • Stickerbush Symphony -- Arrangement
  • In a Snow-Bound Land -- Arrangement
  • Krook's March -- Arrangement
  • Run, Rambi! Run! -- Arrangement
  • Klubba's Reveille -- Arrangement
  • Lost World Anthem -- Arrangement
  • Crocodile Cacophony -- Arrangement
  • Donkey Kong Rescued -- Arrangement
  • Swanky Swing -- Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Arrangement

Killer Instinct Gold

  • Title Tune -- Live Guitar and Trumpet
  • Select -- Live Guitar and Trumpet
  • Sabrewulf -- Live Guitar and Trumpet
  • Tusk -- Live Guitar and Trumpet
  • Fulgore -- Live Guitar and Trumpet
  • Gargos -- Live Guitar and Trumpet

GoldenEye 007

  • Main Title -- Re-Arrangement
  • Mission Dossier -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Byelomorye Dam -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chemical Warfare Facility -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Satellite Control Bunker (Bunker 1) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Soviet Missile Silo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Frigate 'La Fayette' -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Savernaya Bunker Complex (Bunker 2) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Statue Park -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Recaptured -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Military Intelligence Archives -- Composition & Arrangement
  • St. Petersburg Streets -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Janus Control Center -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Antenna Cradle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • 007 Watch Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • End Titles -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Byelodorme Dam (Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chemical Warfare Facility (Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Satellite Control Bunker (Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Soviet Missile Silo (Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Frigate (Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Savernaya Bunker Complex (Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Statue Park (Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Military Intelligence Archives (Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • St. Petersburg Streets (Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Janus Control Center (Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Antenna Cradle (Remix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jungle Permeter -- Composition & Arrangement [note: unused]
  • Citadel -- Composition & Arrangement [note: unused]

Banjo-Kazooie

  • Main Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Spiral Mountain -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Witch's Lair -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mumbo's Mountain -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Treasure Trove Cove -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Clanker's Cavern (Exterior) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bubble Gloop Swamp -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Freezeey Park -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Gobi's Valley -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mad Monster Mansion (Exterior) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rusty Bucket Bay (Exterior) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Click Clock Wood -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Quiz -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Final Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Banjo Overture -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Squirrel -- Composition & Arrangement

Donkey Kong 64

  • DK Rap -- Composition & Arrangement
  • DK Island -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jungle -- Arrangement
  • Mine Cart -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Aztec -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Aztec Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Klanky's Tune -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Toy Factory -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Candy's Tune -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Shipwreck -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ship Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Forest -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Forest Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Funky's Tune -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Crystal Caves -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ice Slide -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Spooky -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hideout -- Composition & Arrangement

Perfect Dark (N64)

  • Institute Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • dataDyne Central: Investigation -- Composition & Arrangement
  • dataDyne Central: Extraction -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Carrington Villa: Hostage one -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chicago: Stealth -- Composition & Arrangement
  • G5 Building: Reconaissance -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Area 51: Infiltration -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Area 51: Rescue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Airbase: Espionage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Air Force One: Anti terrorism -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pelagic 2: Exploration -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Deep Sea: Nulify Treat -- Composition (w/Graeme Norgate), Arrangement (w/Graeme Norgate)
  • Carrington Institute -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Skedar Ruins: Battle shrine -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Skedar Leader -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission Complete -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission Fail -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pause Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Training -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Combat Simulator Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Combat Simulator Complete -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Combat Simulator Fail -- Composition & Arrangement

Perfect Dark (Game Boy Color)

  • Institute Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • dataDyne Central: Investigation -- Composition & Arrangement
  • dataDyne Central: Extraction -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Carrington Villa: Hostage one -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chicago: Stealth -- Composition & Arrangement
  • G5 Building: Reconaissance -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Area 51: Infiltration -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Area 51: Rescue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Airbase: Espionage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Air Force One: Anti terrorism -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pelagic 2: Exploration -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Deep Sea: Nulify Treat -- Original Composition & Arrangement (w/Graeme Norgate), Arrangement
  • Carrington Institute -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Skedar Ruins: Battle shrine -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Skedar Leader -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission Complete -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mission Fail -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pause Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Training -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Combat Simulator Menu -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Combat Simulator Complete -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Combat Simulator Fail -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Enter the Dark -- Arrangement
  • Crash Site: Confrontation -- Arrangement
  • Attack Ship: Covert assault -- Arrangement
  • Gotcha! -- Arrangement
  • Dark Combat -- Arrangement
  • Skedar Mystery -- Arrangement
  • CI Operative -- Arrangement
  • dataDyne Action -- Arrangement
  • Maian Tears -- Arrangement
  • Alien Conflict -- Arrangement

Banjo-Tooie

  • Jinjo Village -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Isle of Hags -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mayahem Temple -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Glitter Gulch Mine -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Witchyworld -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Jolly Roger's Lagoon -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Atlantis -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Terrydactyland -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Grunty Industries -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Halfire Peaks -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cloud Cuckooland -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Cauldron Keep -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Final Battle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Credits -- Composition & Arrangement

Yooka-Laylee

  • Main Theme - Composition & Arrangement
  • Shipwreck Creek - Composition & Arrangement
  • Hivory Towers - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 1 Theme - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 2 Theme - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 3 Theme - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 4 Theme - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 5 Theme - Composition & Arrangement
  • Uphill Battle - Composition & Arrangement
  • Frosty Fray - Composition & Arrangement
  • Armed and Dangerous - Composition (w/David Wise)
  • Track Attack - Composition (w/David Wise)
  • Skiffy Skirmish - Composition (w/Steve Burke)
  • Final Beeting - Composition & Arrangement
  • Kartos Karting - Composition (w/Steve Burke)
  • Bee Bop - Composition (w/Steve Burke)
  • Hurdle Hijinx - Composition (w/Steve Burke)
  • Up 'n' Nova - Composition (w/Steve Burke)
  • Jobstacle Course - Composition (w/Steve Burke)
  • Glaciators - Composition (w/Steve Burke)
  • Blag the Flag - Composition (w/Steve Burke)
  • Gun-tlet Run - Composition (w/Steve Burke)
  • Minecart Theme (World 1) - Composition (w/David Wise)
  • Minecart Theme (World 2) - Composition (w/David Wise)
  • Minecart Theme (World 3) - Composition (w/David Wise)
  • Minecart Theme (World 4) - Composition (w/David Wise)
  • Minecart Theme (World 5) - Composition (w/David Wise)
  • Tropic Trials - Composition (w/David Wise)
  • World 1 Variant #1 - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 1 Variant #2 - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 2 Variant #1 - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 2 Variant #2 - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 3 Variant #1 - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 3 Variant #2 - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 4 Variant #1 - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 4 Variant #2 - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 5 Variant #1 - Composition & Arrangement
  • World 5 Variant #2 - Composition & Arrangement

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