Carter Burwell

Composer of Missing Link and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Source: Tycho Burwell

Carter Burwell has composed the music for more than 80 feature films, including Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Rob Roy, Fargo, The Spanish Prisoner, Gods and Monsters, Velvet Goldmine, Three Kings, Being John Malkovich, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (BAFTA Nominee for Film Music), Before Night Falls, A Knight’s Tale, The Rookie, Adaptation., Intolerable Cruelty, No Country for Old Men, In Bruges, Burn After Reading, Twilight, Where the Wild Things Are (Golden Globe Nominee for Best Original Score), A Serious Man, The Blind Side, The Kids Are All Right, True Grit, Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2, Mr. Holmes, Legend and The Finest Hours.

Burwell wrote the music for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell and written and directed by Martin McDonagh which opened in  November 2017.  Burwell received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his work for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and won the British Independent Film Award for Best Music on behalf of the film. Burwell also wrote the music for Wonderstruck which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2017 and marks Burwell’s fourth collaboration with director Todd Haynes.  The film stars Julianne Moore and opened in October 2017.  He also composed the music for Goodbye Christopher Robin starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie and directed by Simon Curtis which opened in October 2017.  

Most recently, Burwell wrote the original music for the Coen Brothers project The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a six-part Western anthology film for Netflix which marks their 17th project together and premiered in November 2018.  His original score was named to the 2019 Oscar shortlist. His score for LAIKA’s animated feature Missing Link directed by Chris Butler and distributed by United Artists was released on April 12, 2019. Coming up, he is signed on for Warner Bros. The Good Liar starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen and directed by Bill Condon scheduled for release in Fall 2019.

Pop Disciple Podcast Carter Burwell Composer Score Film Music Missing Link

Listen to the Missing Link score.

Pop Disciple Podcast Carter Burwell Composer Score Film Music The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Coen Brothers

Listen to the soundtrack for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.


Watch the trailers for Missing Link and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.


This episode of The Pop Disciple Podcast is hosted by Paul Goldowitz.

Production, Editing, Mixing, Mastering | Paul Goldowitz
Select Cues Throughout Episode | Carter Burwell
The Pop Disciple Podcast Theme and Outro Music | Paul Goldowitz

Special thanks to Carter Burwell and Jeff Sanderson of Chasen & Co.