Brian Tyler (composer)

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Brian Tyler
Brian Tyler Conducts 2011 I.JPG
Tyler in 2011.
Background information
Born Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Film score, classical, rock, electronic, jazz
Occupation(s) Composer, arranger, producer, musician, songwriter
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, Danny Elfman, Dr. Dre, The RZA, Slash, Elton John, Pharrell Williams, Lisbeth Scott, Taylor Hawkins, Ambrosian Singers, Wiz Khalifa, Kill the Noise, Juicy J, Ty Dolla Sign
Website www.briantyler.com

Brian Tyler is an American composer, arranger, producer, musician, and songwriter. He is a composer of film and television music. He is best known for his scores for motion pictures and video games such as Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, 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, Need for Speed The Run, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, & Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. In 2014 he wrote new NFL Theme for ESPN and often conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra[citation needed]. He won Composer of the Year at the 2013 Cue Awards and was nominated for a 2014 BAFTA Award.[1][2] In 2010, Tyler was inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences[citation needed]. As of August 2014 his films have grossed $6.7 billion worldwide[citation needed].

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.[3] He received a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA and a Master's from Harvard University.[4] Growing up, he taught himself to play at least 30 different types of musical instruments.[5]

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 by composing 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.[6]

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

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.[8]

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).[9] His score for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) hit #1 on the iTunes soundtrack sales charts, while his soundtrack for “Children of Dune” reached #4 on the Amazon.com album charts[citation needed].

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.[10]

In 2008, Tyler composed music for the 2008 films Rambo, Eagle Eye,[11] and The Lazarus Project.

He continued by composing Dragonball Evolution,[12][13] Fast & Furious, The Final Destination, and Middle Men.

On 5 September 2011 Tyler announced that he was currently in talks for scoring the 2011 remake of Highlander and scoring pilot episodes for the animated series Transformers: Prime.[14] Later, he scored four 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.[15]

Tyler wrote and produced the song "Shell Shocked" with Kill the Noise, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla Sign, Juicy J and Moxie that was released in the summer of 2014 under his artist name Madsonik. The song went to #2 on the iTunes hip-hop singles charts.

Tyler scored the Marvel Studios films Iron Man 3 (2013)[16] 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.[17] Tyler has also signed on to score Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), replacing the composer for the first film, Alan Silvestri, while also marking his third film collaboration with Marvel Studios.[18]

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).[19] A version of the track "War Begins" is used in the first full-length theatrical trailer of Star Trek (2009).[20]

Discography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1997 Bartender Gabe Torres Java Films
1998 Final Justice Tommy Lee Wallace Television film
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
1999 Sirens John Sacret Young Paramount Network Television Television film
2000 Panic Henry Bromell Artisan Entertainment
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
2000 Terror Tract Lance W. Dreesen
Clint Hutchison
Giant Leap Entertainment
Tomorrow Film Corporation
2001 Strings Jill Tanner Depth Charge Productions
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
Cinedelta
2001 Jane Doe Kevin Elders USA Films
2002 Fitzgerald Henry Bromell N/A Television film
2002 Bubba Ho-tep Don Coscarelli Vitagraph Films
2002 Vampires: Los Muertos Tommy Lee Wallace Screen Gems
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
2003 Timeline Richard Donner Paramount Pictures
2003 Thoughtcrimes Breck Eisner N/A
2004 Perfect Opposites Matt Cooper N/A
2004 The Final Cut Omar Naim Lions Gate Films
2004 Godsend Nick Hamm Lions Gate Films
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
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played Bill Paxton Walt Disney Pictures
2005 Painkiller Jane Sanford Bookstaver N/A Television film
2006 Annapolis Justin Lin Touchstone Pictures
2006 Bug William Friedkin Lionsgate
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Justin Lin Universal Pictures
Original Film
Relativity Media
2007 Finishing the Game Justin Lin IFC Films
2007 Partition Vic Sarin 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
2008 Rambo Sylvester Stallone Lionsgate
The Weinstein Company
Millennium Films
2008 Bangkok Dangerous Pang Brothers Lionsgate
Virtual Studios
Saturn Films
2008 Eagle Eye D. J. Caruso DreamWorks Pictures
2008 The Lazarus Project John Patrick Glenn Sony Pictures
2009 The Killing Room Jonathan Liebesman ContentFilm
2009 Dragonball Evolution James Wong 20th Century Fox
Dune Entertainment
2009 Fast & Furious Justin Lin Universal Pictures
Original Film
Relativity Media
2009 Middle Men George Gallo Paramount Vantage
2009 The Final Destination David R. Ellis New Line Cinema
2009 Law Abiding Citizen F. Gary Gray Overture Films
2010 The Expendables Sylvester Stallone Lionsgate
Millennium Films
2011 Battle: Los Angeles Jonathan Liebesman Columbia Pictures
Original Film
2011 Tattoo Bill Paxton N/A Short film
2011 Fast Five Justin Lin Universal Pictures
Original Film
Relativity Media
2011 Final Destination 5 Steven Quale Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
2012 John Dies at the End Don Coscarelli Magnet Releasing
2012 Columbus Circle George Gallo Lightning Entertainment
2012 Brake Gabe Torres IFC Films
2012 The Expendables 2 Simon West Lionsgate
Millennium Films
2013 Iron Man 3 Shane Black Marvel Studios
2013 Now You See Me Louis Leterrier Summit Entertainment
Lionsgate
2013 Standing Up D. J. Caruso AR Films
Aldamisa Entertainment
Seven Star Pictures
2013 Thor: The Dark World Alan Taylor Marvel Studios
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jonathan Liebesman Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Platinum Dunes
2014 The Expendables 3 Patrick Hughes Lionsgate
Millennium Films
2014 Into the Storm Steven Quale Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
Village Roadshow Pictures
2014 Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King Drew Pearce Marvel Studios Short film
Caged Heat scenes composed by Mike Post
2015 Furious 7 James Wan Universal Pictures
Original Film
Relativity Media
Filming
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Joss Whedon Marvel Studios Post-production; Additional work by Danny Elfman

Television[edit]

Year Title Notes
1997 Jenny 17 episodes
1998 Living in Captivity 8 episodes
2000 Level 9 13 episodes
2001 The Education of Max Bickford 22 episodes
2003 Frank Herbert's Children of Dune* 3 episodes
2003 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* 65 episodes
2011 Terra Nova* 13 episodes
2013–present Sleepy Hollow
2014–present Scorpion
2014 Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe Television Special

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*[21]
  • *scores for which soundtrack albums have been released

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special Last Call Nominated
2003 Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Score Frailty Won
2004 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film The Final Cut Nominated
2006 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Constantine Won
2009 International Film Music Critics Award for Film Composer of the Year[22] Nominated
2009 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film The Killing Room Nominated
2009 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Eagle Eye Won
2010 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media Lego Universe Nominated
2010 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Fast & Furious Won
2010 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films The Final Destination Won
2010 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Law Abiding Citizen Won
2011 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition Transformers: Prime Nominated
2011 BMI Film Music Award for Best Film Music Battle: Los Angeles Won
2011 BMI Film Music Award for Best Film Music Fast Five Won
2011 BMI TV Music Award for Best Television Music Hawaii Five-0 Won
2011 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Nominated
2013 BMI TV Music Award for Best Television Music Hawaii Five-0 Won
2013 BMI Film Music Award for Best Film Music The Expendables 2 Won
2013 BMI Film Music Award for Best Film Music Iron Man 3 Won
2013 International Film Music Critics Award for Film Composer of the Year[23] Nominated
2013 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Nominated
2013 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film Iron Man 3 Nominated
2014 Saturn Award for Best Music[24] Iron Man 3 Nominated
2014 Saturn Award for Best Music Now You See Me Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music[25] Sleepy Hollow Nominated

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Interview with Brian Tyler 8Dio Archived 16 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ http://www.briantyler.com/Site/Bio.html Archived 12 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Interview: Brian Tyler « corduroy magazine Archived 16 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Comerford, Jason. "Sayonara, baby! – Brian Tyler and Six-String Samurai". Islandlife. Archived from the original on 8 November 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2005. 
  7. ^ "SoundtrackNet : Interview – Brian Tyler". Soundtrack.net. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  8. ^ Yaitanes, Greg. "Brian Tyler : Children of Dune". Briantyler.com. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "SoundtrackNet : Interview – Brian Tyler". Soundtrack.net. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2005. 
  10. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (16 June 2006). "Brian Tyler scores Partition". Scoringsessions.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  11. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (11 September 2008). "Brian Tyler scores Eagle Eye". Scoringsessions.com. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  12. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (6 February 2009). "Brian Tyler scores Dragonball Evolution". Scoringsessions.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Brian Tyler Records Dragonball Score in Los Angeles (2009)". Dragonballmovieblog.net. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  14. ^ "Brian Tyler – Music Is Life". web.me.com. 5 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ "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. 
  17. ^ Strom, Marc (12 November 2013). "Introducing the New Marvel Studios Logo". Marvel. Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ "?". YouTube. Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  20. ^ "Adtunes Top Ad Music of 2008". Adtunes.com. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  21. ^ 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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  23. ^ "IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association » IFMCA Winners 2013". Filmmusiccritics.org. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  24. ^ "Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Lead Saturn Awards Noms"
  25. ^ "2014 Emmy Nominations: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘True Detective’ Among the Honored". New York Times. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 

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