Brian Tyler (composer)

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Brian Tyler
Brian Tyler Conducts 2011 I.JPG
Tyler conducting in 2011.
Background information
Genres Film music, classical, rock, electronic, jazz
Occupations Composer, conductor, music producer, instrumentalist, film producer, music arranger
Instruments Drums, piano, guitar, percussion, bass, stringed instruments, bouzouki, cello, keyboards
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hollywood Studio Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Jerry Goldsmith, Paul Williams, Sally Stevens, James Horner, Will Jennings, Dr. Dre, The RZA, Slash, Elton John, Pharrell Williams, Lisbeth Scott, Taylor Hawkins, Ambrosian Singers

Brian Tyler is an American composer, producer, conductor, and film producer known for his scores for motion pictures and video games such as Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Eagle Eye, The Expendables, Fast Five, Fast and Furious, The Expendables 2, Law Abiding Citizen, Final Destination 5, Rambo, Constantine, Now You See Me, Battle: Los Angeles, Far Cry 3, The Expendables 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, & Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. He is signed with Sony Music as a songwriter and often conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He won Composer of the Year at the 2013 Cue Awards and was nominated for a 2014 BAFTA Award. In 2010, Tyler was inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As of December 2013 his films have grossed $6.3 billion worldwide. His next film is Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Early life[edit]

Tyler was born and raised in Orange County, California. His grandfather was Academy Award-winning art director Walter H. Tyler. One of his first major influences was his pianist grandmother.[1] He received a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA and a Master's from Harvard University.[2] Growing up, he taught himself to play at least 30 different types of musical instruments.[3] Tyler is an atheist.[4]

Musical career[edit]

Tyler began scoring features shortly after graduating from Harvard. Robert Kraft, who was impressed by Tyler's music, encouraged Tyler to pursue a career in film scoring. He began his career in 1997, where he composed the film score for the independent film Bartender by Gabe Torres. The following year, he and Red Elvises composed the film score for Six-String Samurai.[5]

Tyler's breakthrough came in 2001, after composing the film score for Frailty (2001).

"Well, the first film released that I scored was Six-String Samurai, but it was Frailty that helped me get some more exposure."[6]

William Friedkin, after being impressed by Frailty, called Tyler in to compose The Hunted (2003) which won him a World Soundtrack Award in 2002 as well as The World Soundtrack Award as Best New Film Composer of the Year. Later, Tyler also wrote music for Star Trek: Enterprise, and Children of Dune over a span of one month, coinciding with his work on Darkness Falls.[7]

At the end of 2003, Tyler began working more on big-budget films, including Timeline (2003), Godsend (2004), The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005), and Constantine (2005).[8] His score for "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” hit #1 on the iTunes soundtrack sales charts, while his soundtrack for “Children of Dune” reached #4 on the album charts.

He was then hired to do Partition (2007). He had to integrate Indian and Middle Eastern music with orchestral writing. He conducted the orchestral portion of the score in Los Angeles with the Hollywood Studio Symphony.[9]

In 2008, Tyler composed music for the 2008 films Rambo, Eagle Eye,[10] and The Lazarus Project.

He continued by composing Dragonball Evolution,[11][12] Fast & Furious, The Final Destination, and Middle Men.

On 5 September 2011 Tyler announced that he is currently in talks for scoring the 2011 remake of Highlander and scoring pilot episodes for the animated series Transformers: Prime.[13] Later, he has scored next 4 episodes. On 7 October it was announced that Tyler has been chosen to compose the music for pilot to the Steven Spielberg produced TV series Terra Nova.[14]

Tyler scored the Marvel Studios films Iron Man 3 (2013)[15] and Thor: The Dark World (2013). In addition, he also created the new fanfare music for the updated Marvel Studios logo, which saw its debut alongside Thor: The Dark World.[16] Tyler has also signed on to score Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).[17]

Other media[edit]

Tyler also scored the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. He recently arranged and conducted the new film logo music for Universal Pictures and composed a theme for the 100-year anniversary of the studio. Tyler's cues for Children of Dune were used in the theatrical trailers for Star Trek (2009), Master and Commander (2003), Sahara (2005), Cinderella Man (2005), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). The track "Summon the Worms" from Children of Dune was used as a leader for the French show Peking Express, and in the first leaked promotional reel for The Golden Compass (2007).[18] A version of the track "War Begins" is used in the first full-length theatrical trailer of Star Trek (2009).[19]



Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes Gross (Worldwide)
1997 Bartender Gabe Torres Java Films N/A N/A
1998 Final Justice Tommy Lee Wallace N/A Television film N/A
1998 Six-String Samurai Lance Mungia Palm Pictures
HSX Films
Overseas FilmGroup
1999 The Settlement Mark Steilen Davis Entertainment
CineTel Films
1999 The 4th Floor Josh Klausner Millennium Films
Top Floor Productions
1999 Simon Sez Kevin Elders TriStar Pictures N/A
1999 Sirens John Sacret Young Paramount Network Television Television film
2000 Panic Henry Bromell Artisan Entertainment N/A
2000 Shadow Hours Isaac H. Eaton 5150 Productions
Newmark Films Inc.
Seven Arts Productions
2000 Trapped in a Purple Haze Eric Laneuville N/A
2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker Paul Rachman N/A N/A
2000 Terror Tract Lance W. Dreesen
Clint Hutchison
Giant Leap Entertainment
Tomorrow Film Corporation
2001 Strings Jill Tanner Depth Charge Productions N/A
2001 Plan B Greg Yaitanes Half Moon Entertainment
New Moon Productions
2001 Offside Leanna Creel Anomaly Productions
Passion Films
Short film
2001 Frailty Bill Paxton Lions Gate Films
David Kirschner Productions
American Entertainment Co.
Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG
N/A $17,423,030
2001 Jane Doe Kevin Elders USA Films N/A
2002 Fitzgerald Henry Bromell N/A Television film
2002 Bubba Ho-tep Don Coscarelli Vitagraph Films N/A
2002 Vampires: Los Muertos Tommy Lee Wallace Screen Gems N/A
2003 Darkness Falls Jonathan Liebesman Columbia Pictures
Revolution Studios
2003 The Hunted William Friedkin Paramount Pictures
Lakeshore Entertainment
2003 Last Stand Gabe Torres N/A Short film
2003 The Big Empty Steve Anderson Artisan Entertainment N/A
2003 Timeline Richard Donner Paramount Pictures N/A $43,935,763
2003 Thoughtcrimes Breck Eisner N/A N/A
2004 Perfect Opposites Matt Cooper N/A N/A
2004 The Final Cut Omar Naim Lions Gate Films N/A
2004 Godsend Nick Hamm Lions Gate Films N/A
2004 Paparazzi Paul Abascal 20th Century Fox
Icon Productions
2005 Clair obscur Benjamin Lemaire N/A Short film
2005 Constantine Francis Lawrence Warner Bros. Pictures
Village Roadshow Pictures
Vertigo DC Comics
Composed with Klaus Badelt $230,884,728
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played Bill Paxton Walt Disney Pictures N/A $15,431,177
2005 Painkiller Jane Sanford Bookstaver N/A Television film
2006 Annapolis Justin Lin Touchstone Pictures N/A
2006 Bug William Friedkin Lionsgate N/A
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Justin Lin Universal Pictures
Original Film
Relativity Media
N/A $158,468,292
2007 Finishing the Game Justin Lin IFC Films N/A
2007 Partition Vic Sarin N/A N/A
2007 War Philip Atwell Lionsgate Known as Rogue Assassin in other territories
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Colin Strause
Greg Strause
20th Century Fox
Davis Entertainment
Brandywine Productions
N/A $128,884,494
2008 Rambo Sylvester Stallone Lionsgate
The Weinstein Company
Millennium Films
N/A $113,244,290
2008 Bangkok Dangerous Pang Brothers Lionsgate
Virtual Studios
Saturn Films
N/A $42,487,390
2008 Eagle Eye D. J. Caruso DreamWorks Pictures N/A $178,100,000
2008 The Lazarus Project John Patrick Glenn Sony Pictures N/A
2009 The Killing Room Jonathan Liebesman ContentFilm N/A
2009 Dragonball Evolution James Wong 20th Century Fox
Dune Entertainment
N/A $57,497,699
2009 Fast & Furious Justin Lin Universal Pictures
Original Film
Relativity Media
N/A $363,164,265
2009 Middle Men George Gallo Paramount Vantage N/A
2009 The Final Destination David R. Ellis New Line Cinema N/A $186,167,139
2009 Law Abiding Citizen F. Gary Gray Overture Films N/A $126,690,726
2010 The Expendables Sylvester Stallone Lionsgate
Millennium Films
N/A $274,470,394
2011 Battle: Los Angeles Jonathan Liebesman Columbia Pictures
Original Film
N/A $211,819,354
2011 Tattoo Bill Paxton N/A Short film N/A
2011 Fast Five Justin Lin Universal Pictures
Original Film
Relativity Media
N/A $626,137,675
2011 Final Destination 5 Steven Quale Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
N/A $157,887,643
2012 John Dies at the End Don Coscarelli Magnet Releasing N/A $141,951
2012 Columbus Circle George Gallo Lightning Entertainment N/A N/A
2012 Brake Gabe Torres IFC Films N/A N/A
2012 The Expendables 2 Simon West Lionsgate
Millennium Films
N/A $300,428,192
2013 Iron Man 3 Shane Black Marvel Studios N/A $1,215,439,994
2013 Now You See Me Louis Leterrier Summit Entertainment
N/A $351,723,989
2013 Standing Up D. J. Caruso AR Films
Aldamisa Entertainment
Seven Star Pictures
2013 Thor: The Dark World Alan Taylor Marvel Studios N/A $644,765,131
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jonathan Liebesman Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Platinum Dunes
Post-production TBA
2014 The Expendables 3 Patrick Hughes Lionsgate
Millennium Films
Post-Production TBA
2014 Into the Storm Steven Quale Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
Village Roadshow Pictures
Post-Production TBA
2014 Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King Drew Pearce Marvel Studios Short film
Caged Heat scenes composed by Mike Post
2014 Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe N/A Marvel Studios Television Special
2015 Fast & Furious 7 James Wan Universal Pictures
Original Film
Relativity Media
Filming TBA
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Joss Whedon Marvel Studios Filming TBA
TBA The Expendables 4 Unknown Lionsgate
Millennium Films


Year Title
1997 Jenny
1998 Living in Captivity
2000 Level 9
2001 The Education of Max Bickford
2003 Frank Herbert's Children of Dune*
Star Trek: Enterprise (episodes "Canamar" and "Regeneration")
2007 Fear Itself (episode "The Sacrifice")*
2010 Hawaii Five-0 (episodes "Pilot" and "Ohana")*
2010–2013 Transformers: Prime*
2011 Terra Nova*
2013 Sleepy Hollow

Video games[edit]

Year Title
2010 Lego Universe
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3*
Need for Speed: The Run*
2012 Far Cry 3*
2013 Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel*
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag*[20]
  • *scores for which soundtrack albums have been released


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  2. ^ Archived 12 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Interview: Brian Tyler « corduroy magazine Archived 16 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ " "I became an atheist through years of studying to be a Christian apologist." 'The Kevin Pollak Chat Show', 1 January 2010,
  5. ^ Comerford, Jason. "Sayonara, baby! – Brian Tyler and Six-String Samurai". Islandlife. Archived from the original on 8 November 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2005. 
  6. ^ "SoundtrackNet : Interview – Brian Tyler". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Yaitanes, Greg. "Brian Tyler : Children of Dune". Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "SoundtrackNet : Interview – Brian Tyler". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2005. 
  9. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (16 June 2006). "Brian Tyler scores Partition". Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  10. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (11 September 2008). "Brian Tyler scores Eagle Eye". Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  11. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (6 February 2009). "Brian Tyler scores Dragonball Evolution". Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Brian Tyler Records Dragonball Score in Los Angeles (2009)". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Brian Tyler – Music Is Life". 5 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Brian Tyler slated to score Terra Nova". Film Music Reporter. 7 October 2010. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Brian Tyler to Score 'Iron Man 3′". Film Music Reporter. 11 October 2012. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Strom, Marc (12 November 2013). "Introducing the New Marvel Studios Logo". Marvel. Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Brian Tyler to Score 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'". Film Music Reporter. 19 March 2014. Archived from the original on 19 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "?". YouTube. Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  19. ^ "Adtunes Top Ad Music of 2008". Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  20. ^ Graziani, Gabe (22 August 2013). "UbiGabe: Brian Tyler from Far Cry 3 and like a million other things.". Facebook. Retrieved 2 September 2013. [dead link]

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