FILM AND TV COMPOSERS
Venerable Golden Globe and Emmy nominated composer discusses how he evoked petrifying remembrances and an ancient evil spirit in his electronic score for Pet Sematary, the personal significance of his musical contribution to Clive Barker’s horror classic, Hellraiser, the inventive lesser known score he constructed for Mel Brooks that received high praise from Jerry Goldsmith, and his attraction to what lies in the darkness.
Groundbreaking Emmy and Grammy nominated composer discusses the most valuable transferable skill from his five year voyage with Tangerine Dream, interpreting Mötley Crüe’s darkest moments with a stylized, psychological approach for The Dirt, reimagining the electronic instrumentation of his formative years for Halt and Catch Fire, and reuniting with Paul W.S. Anderson to intensify the larger than life world of Monster Hunter.
Exceptional Academy Award and BAFTA winning composer speaks on the call to action at the heart of his sonic odyssey for Our Planet, taking a deep dive into animation for Wonder Park, finessing the music-driven experience of Baby Driver over the course of a decade, and the limitless experiments that took place to perfect his celebrated score for Gravity.
Iconic Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominated composer speaks on the intimate contemporary score he crafted for Kenneth Branagh’s All is True illustrating William Shakespeare’s last years, taking an unexpected turn into the action packed Marvel universe for Thor, building a friendship with Robert Altman while contributing his talents to Gosford Park, and collaborating with Michelle Pfeiffer for Murder On The Orient Express.
Inventive Golden Globe and Grammy nominated composer and producer discusses his emotionally nuanced and sonically ambiguous score for Keith Behrman’s coming of age drama, Giant Little Ones, the genesis of the Infinite Guitar, musically sympathizing with the character of Chris McCandless on Into The Wild, and his connection to the incomparable Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Elegant contemporary classical artist and Emmy nominated composer shares about creating gender delineations within his intense Elizabethan inspired score for Mary Queen of Scots, implementing the devil’s interval and lamenting bass to reflect the grim emotional terrain of Taboo, and his approach in illustrating a 60-year long relationship with stunning piano duets on My Brilliant Friend.
Masterful Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winning composer speaks on channeling the discipline of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in his heroic score for On The Basis of Sex, striving for simplicity to support the heartwarming tale of A Dog’s Way Home, the beautiful struggle behind Life of Pi, and the value of having “a guiding intelligence” that underpins your creations.
Multi-faceted singer/songwriter and ASCAP Award-winning composer dishes on teaming up with his former boss, David Schwartz to pen the hysterical soundtrack of Arrested Development, breathing new life into iconic songs of the past for A Million Little Things, and how contemporary music has influenced the guitar-driven musical universe of Modern Family over the course of ten seasons on air.
Evocative composer and founding member of The Echo Society speaks on returning to his jazz roots to tell the scandalous story of politician, Gary Hart for The Front Runner, his harmonious working dynamic with director/producer/writer, Jason Reitman, the greatest challenge of executing the score of Love, Simon, and the power of listening.
Valiant award-winning composer and founder of Cow On The Wall speaks on the timeless and tension-filled realm of Riverdale, cross-pollinating thematic material within the evolving, action packed DC Comics franchise, achieving the perfect balance of psychosis and compassion in his score for You, and the rejection letter that started it all.
Artful BMI Award winning composer speaks on finding the key to the distinctive musical universe of The Good Place, showcasing every hysterically funny and utterly dysfunctional layer of the Bluth family dynamic over five seasons of Arrested Development, and what he hopes is waiting for him in the afterlife.
Radically experimental composer, solo artist, and multi-instrumentalist speaks on avoiding all utterance of conventional themes and melodic motifs to support the deeply disturbed narrative of Hereditary, the sonic trifecta he conceived to highlight the triumphs and losses of The First, and his most significant rule for authentic storytelling through music.
The impactful, award-winning composing duo discuss the components of their rustic and propulsive score for the bleak universe of Ozark, their thoughtful approach in illustrating the emotional complexities of Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased, and the creative evolution of their invincible partnership over the course of two decades.
Sophisticated 13-time BMI Award winning composer discusses the mysterious, whimsical palette he assembled for Paul Feig’s thriller comedy, A Simple Favor, writing a score fit for a tormented female LAPD detective on Destroyer, and the art of creating serious music to support Hollywood’s funniest moments.
Adventurous 8-time ASCAP Award winning composer discusses living out his childhood fantasy and honoring Alan Silvestri through his score for The Predator, propelling the thematic DNA of Wreck-It Ralph into a new universe for Ralph Breaks The Internet, and the single most distinguishing skill for a composer to possess outside of musical prowess.
Intrepid composer speaks on his intricate journey to make it in America, the synth-heavy musical identity he is crafting for George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers, distilling the essence of rich Middle Eastern musical traditions for The Looming Tower, and the challenges he experienced in sculpting a distorted, frenetic sound world signature to The Path.
Heroic film composer, five-time Grammy Award winning recording artist, and jazz trumpeter speaks on drawing inspiration from Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of the National Anthem for BlacKkKlansman, the similar beliefs he shares with director, Spike Lee that guide their decade-spanning artistic collaboration, and the transformative power of expressing truth and integrity through music.
Esteemed ASCAP Award winning composer and philanthropist speaks on the fateful letter that landed him a scoring job on Sex in the City, building an expansive, triumphant sound world to highlight the treachery of Deadliest Catch, and the influence of being raised by an icon in the realm of haute cuisine.
Magnificent composer and recording artist discusses his effective collaboration with director, Oliver Stone to create a striking, Russian flavored score for The Putin Interviews, manifesting a powerful female sound for the final season of political thriller, House of Cards, and how turbulent times in our society can lead to profound displays of artistic expression.
Brazen composer and front man of DeVotchKa speaks on his collaboration with author, Daniel Handler to create tantalizing musical numbers for the treacherous Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events, how backing up Dita Von Teese helped his band carve out a niche, the upcoming 60th anniversary of Paddington concert, and the importance of transporting your listening audience to an emotional place.
Triumphant award-winning composer speaks on garnering his first Emmy nomination for his mystic, otherworldly treatment of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams ‘The Commuter’ episode and how he showcased the magnificence and the dread of The Meg with a monumental Chinese influenced orchestral score.
Gallant blockbuster composer speaks on the inspiration behind his opulent big band/orchestral hybrid score for Crazy Rich Asians, turning down four feature films to craft the melancholy musical atmosphere of Yellowstone, the thrill and responsibility of writing the new Formula One theme, and his creative thrust into the world of EDM under the moniker, Madsonik.
Legendary Emmy and Grammy winning composer, electronic music pioneer, and jazz maestro speaks on his majestic orchestral approach across seven seasons of Once Upon A Time, reuniting with Jodie Foster for the unsettling Arkangel episode of tech-horror anthology, Black Mirror, and melding his dark, triumphant score with the contemporary tracks in Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.
Refined four-time Emmy winning composer speaks on cultivating a smoky jazz-infuenced musical atmosphere for Marvel’s Jessica Jones, how the valuable mentorship he received from Mark Snow led to scoring Le Femme Nikita, and how strong, relatable characters keep him artistically engaged season after season.
Incandescent BMI Award winning composer and guitar virtuoso speaks on the honor of collaborating with funk legends Bootsy Collins and Clyde Stubblefield for Superbad, channeling the flavors of Django Reinhardt and The Beatles for Overboard, covering Creedence Clearwater Revival for Sons of Anarchy, and the rush of playing to a crowd of 450,000 on tour with Sting.
Spellbinding Emmy winning composer, sound designer, and performing artist delves into his pseudo religious passion for classic Chicago hip-hop, the dominant use of bohemian cristal instrument within the soundscapes of Impulse, and his devotion to the craft of sonic manipulation.
Multi-dimensional Emmy winning composer and recording artist speaks on cooking up a feast of unique musical flavors for Chef’s Table, crafting the theme song for Cleveland and Akron, Ohio on behalf of Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, and the personal significance of having founding members of Devo as his uncles.
Thrilling SOCAN and BMI Film Music Award winning composer speaks on highlighting themes of friendship and self-sacrifice within the chaotic destruction of Rampage, his “pinch me” moment while scoring the action-packed global phenomenon, San Andreas, and artfully balancing historical accuracy and modern innovation for the savage period drama series, Frontier.
Inventive Emmy nominated composer discusses taking an expansive orchestral approach for the gothic horror children’s film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, how scoring Hemlock Grove inspired the creation of his lavish Bandrika Studios, and the anticipation building around the Broadway adaption of the sultry hit vampire series, True Blood.
Prolific Emmy winning, Grammy nominated composer explains the use of unusual meters in his grandiose musical treatment for Ant-Man and the Wasp, the rewards and challenges of sustaining a love affair with modular synthesizers, and what he believes are the three constants within his extensive, colorful body of work.
Resplendent composer, conductor, and orchestrator behind the critically acclaimed classical work, Ellis Island: The Dream of America discusses the American pioneer spirit refracted through the immigrant experience and the grandiose piece he has in store for the 220th anniversary of “The President's Own” United States Marine Band.
Gifted Golden Globes nominated composer speaks on remodeling the work of Bach within his explosive hybrid score for Ocean’s 8, how he convinced Aaron Sorkin to let him capture the essence of a rock band for Molly’s Game, and the innovative sequence he’s most proud of from medieval epic, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Oscar nominated avant-garde composer and prepared piano genius discusses his sonic battle with the sea for Baltasar Kormákur’s Adrift, modernizing the tale of Guy Fawkes with electronic textures for Gunpowder, and capturing the punk yet polished attitude of Patrick Melrose.
Four-time Emmy winning composer and BMI Champion Award recipient speaks on transforming classical music with motorcycles and car parts for Mozart In The Jungle, breathing new life into the work of great American poet, Langston Hughes through Ask Your Mama, her Grammy winning multi-media opera, and what the Alliance for Women Film Composers is taking on next.
Charismatic BMI Film & TV Award winning composer dishes on the eclectic sonic palette he employed for the upcoming radical series, AMC’s Dietland, the philosophy behind melding two stark musical worlds on Empire, and the reason why he misses scoring for Revenge.
Multi award-winning Spanish musical force speaks on the nightmares that led his treatment for the re-make of Evil Dead, the iconic film that encouraged him to branch out from classical music, and the heaven he experienced during the creation of his score for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Maverick HMMA nominated composer of Mudbound fame and cutting-edge independent artist speaks on her striking musical treatment for Joshua Marston’s religious drama, Come Sunday, the history underpinning her Gullah/Geechee ancestry, and how ignorance is never bliss when it comes to discussions of gender and race.
Expressive modern classical artist and Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated composer speaks on his process to musically mirror the character metamorphosis in Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle, the challenges of conveying layers of emotion through minimalism in his scores, and what he considers to be the Ferrari of pianos.
Fierce lead composer for Trailer Park and Guild of Music Supervisors Award recipient shares his top gear picks to make his music sound larger than life, the complex story behind Stranger Things' homage to Michael Jackson in the season 2 trailer, and how his life would be radically different if he never checked his junk folder.
Internationally celebrated electronic musician turned television composer, founder of Ancestor, and esteemed member of The Echo Society speaks on setting the stage for the menacing power politics of Billions, developing unique musical characters for each of Hannah Baker's tapes in 13 Reasons Why, and how spirituality has been a guiding light to ward off negative energy and stimulate creativity.
The fastidious musical chameleon and co-founder of DuoTone Audio Group speaks on the rationale behind his treatment for the key incident in I, Tonya, teases out the modernized East meets West soundscapes of Netflix's Marco Polo, and explains what a vacation from your computer can do for your artistry.
Imaginative award-winning composer dishes on his dynamic collaboration with Harry Gregson-Williams to create the rustic, colorful musical treatment for Early Man, the delicate balancing act of serving a director's vision, and his contribution to Rupert Gregson-Williams' elaborate score for Wonder Woman.
Vibrant Emmy nominated, BAFTA winning, and Ivor Novello nominated composer speaks on breathing new life into the luxurious reboot of Dynasty, providing a twisted treatment for Errol Morris' "everything bagel" Wormwood, and the brilliant results of musical hibernation.
Multi-award winning powerhouse composer and two time Cinema Brazil Grand Prizes nominee shares about honoring the rich tradition of Latin-American music in an electronic world, balancing the beauty and darkness for Narcos, and why he believes he was made for film scoring.
Transcendent ASCAP Award winning composer of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fame speaks on his distinctive musical treatment for James Franco's The Disaster Artist, pushing the boundaries of his artistry for Preacher, and the science of enhancing storytelling through improvisation.
Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated virtuoso dishes on the process of transitioning the music of Mr. Robot from screen to stage, the intricacies of his ongoing involvement in Ryan Murphy projects, and conquering the natural fear that comes from creating art on a deadline.
Kingpin composer of Atomic Blonde and Guardians of the Galaxy returns for part two of our in-depth profile and speaks on his collaboration with Marilyn Manson, the core impulse of Heaven Upside Down, and his words of wisdom for the next generation of music makers.
Half of dark instrumental band, S U R V I V E and the synthesizer aficionados behind Netflix's sci-fi fantasy smash, Stranger Things speak on the gear that evokes fear, hanging with Malcolm Cecil in their Airbnb, and the hardware they'd bring to a desert island.
Grammy Award winner and multiple EMMY and BAFTA nominated Scotsman shares about his overarching approach to composing and the power of collaboration with everyone from Hans Zimmer to Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Legendary member of A Tribe Called Quest and cultural influencer talks about his artistic collaboration with Adrian Younge on Marvel's Luke Cage soundtrack, the social relevance of We The People, and how he orients for the harmony of mankind.
First time film composer talks about striking gold on Get Out, the scene that required his promise to do his "worst job ever", and the musical he has never fallen out of love with.
Rockstar composer and Marilyn Manson's right hand man shares about scoring for the hit Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, his process on The Belko Experiment, the inside scoop on the guitar viol, and a wealth of wisdom on consistent creative expression.
Grammy nominated cello queen dishes on her early introduction to metal and industrial music, signing with Sony Masterworks, her experiences working with Hans Zimmer and Peter Kater, and advice to musicians on the rise.
Former touring members of The Black Eyed Peas talk about the differences between composing for Black-ish, Madam Secretary, and Gossip Girl, the secrets to successful teamwork, and their dream collaborations.
Emmy nominee discusses Ex Machina, his collaboration with Geoff Barrow of Portishead, how he landed Beyonce's Life is But a Dream, and his core musical influences.
The man behind the music of Underworld: Blood Wars, The Goldbergs, and Bloodborne speaks on the advantages of being self-taught, the nuances of action sequences, and the horror score of his dreams.