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Best known as a versatile composer of orchestral video game music, Jeremy Soule was drawn to the industry just as technology was beginning to offer more sophisticated scoring opportunities in the medium in the mid-'90s. Born in Iowa, Soule took an interest in composing symphonic music at age five, began piano lessons, and learned writing and arranging through years of private study. After high school, he found work at the Japanese video game company Square, where he wrote his first credited score for 1995's Secrets of Evermore, incorporating orchestral arrangements and nature sounds. He went on to create more game music for other employers before founding his own music production company, Soule Media (which became Artistry Entertainment), in 2000. He scored 2000's Icewind Dale and the first Harry Potter game, 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which led to further titles in the Harry Potter game series. Some of his other most recognized work includes Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the Total Annihilation series, the Elder Scrolls series, SOCOM: The Navy Seals, and the Dungeon Siege series. In 2004, he won a BAFTA Games Award for Best Original Music for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which he co-wrote with his frequent collaborator and brother, Julian Soule. The following year, he and his brother founded the record label DirectSong, which focused on classical and orchestral music, including their own soundtracks. Jeremy Soule's compositions can also be heard in films including the documentaries C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia (2005) and Dracula's Stoker (2009). Among continued game and film projects, he scored the 2013 TV mini-series The Burdens of Shaohao Prelude: The Vision and the 2014 surfing adventure film The Perfect Wave. ~ Marcy Donelson