John Murphy (composer)

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John Murphy
Birth name John Murphy
Born (1965-03-04) 4 March 1965 (age 49)
Liverpool, England
Genres Film score, video game score, electronic, instrumental, alternative, post-rock
Occupations Film composer, musician, video game composer, music producer
Years active 1980–present
Website johnmurphyofficial.com

John Murphy (born 4 March 1965) is an English film composer. He is a self-taught multi-instrumental musician who began his career in the 1980s working notably with The Lotus Eaters, Thomas Lang, Gary Wall and Claudia Brücken. Since the beginning of his career he has collaborated numerous times with several directors, mainly Vadim Jean and Danny Boyle. He has received praise through the years and some of his awards include the Silver Award (1st Prize) at the Cannes Film Festival, a British D&AD Award, and a BMI Award.

Murphy gained recognition in the film industry while working with Guy Ritchie in his film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Michael Mann's Miami Vice, Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass and scoring various films by Danny Boyle. His instrumental tracks "In the House – In a Heartbeat" and "Adagio in D Minor" have been featured in a variety of TV shows, commercials and film trailers.

Background[edit]

Born in Liverpool, England, Murphy began composing music for films in the early 1990s and scored his first hit with Leon the Pig Farmer. Together with former OMD member David Hughes he worked on several successful British movies, enjoying particular success with the soundtrack to 1998's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Since 2000's Snatch and Shooters, Murphy has been mainly based in Los Angeles. He has produced several prominent and diverse successes, including City by the Sea and Danny Boyle's box-office success 28 Days Later and its sequel 28 Weeks Later. He also collaborated with Underworld to score Danny Boyle's science fiction film Sunshine. In 2006 Murphy composed the score for Michael Mann's Miami Vice. In 2009, he composed the music for the 2009 remake of the 1972 film The Last House on the Left, followed by 2010's Kick-Ass, based on the comic book of the same name. Other excerpts from his scores have been released for advertising, in particular "In the House – In a Heartbeat" from 28 Days Later, and Adagio in D minor from Sunshine.

Discography[edit]

Film work[edit]

Feature films
Year Title Director Notes Distributed by
1992
Leon the Pig Farmer Vadim Jean
Gary Sinyor

Composed with:

1994
Beyond Bedlam Vadim Jean
A Feast at Midnight Justin Hardy

Composed with:

  • David Hughes
Dinner in Purgatory Kerry Kieman
1995
Clockwork Mice Vadim Jean
Proteus Bob Keen
1996
Duckland Julian Richards
1997
Behind the Mask Ngozi Onwurah Short film
1998
Stiff Upper Lips Gary Sinyor Miramax Films
What Rats Won't Do Alastair Reid
The Real Howard Spitz Vadim Jean New Line Cinema
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Guy Ritchie

Composed with:

  • David Hughes
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Gramercy Pictures
1999
One More Kiss Vadim Jean

Composed with:

  • David Hughes
The Mob Film Company
The Bachelor Gary Sinyor

Composed with:

  • David Hughes
New Line Cinema
2000
Snatch Guy Ritchie Columbia Pictures
Screen Gems
Liam Stephen Frears Lionsgate Entertainment
Chain of Fools Pontus Löwenhielm
Patrick von Krusenstjerna

Composed with:

  • David Hughes
  • Mike Oliver Everett
Warner Bros. Pictures
2001
Hang Time Ngozi Onwurah Short film
Shooters Dan Reed

Composed with:

Mean Machine Barry Skolnick Paramount Pictures
2002
All About the Benjamins Kevin Bray New Line Cinema
New Best Friend Zoe Clarke-Williams

Composed with:

  • David Hughes
Tristar Pictures
City by the Sea Michael Caton-Jones Warner Bros. Pictures
28 Days Later Danny Boyle 20th Century Fox
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Friday After Next Marcus Raboy New Line Cinema
2003
Intermission John Crowley Buena Vista Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
2004
The Perfect Score Brian Robbins Paramount Pictures
Millions Danny Boyle Pathé Distribution
Fox Searchlight Pictures
2005
Guess Who Kevin Rodney Sullivan Columbia Pictures
The Man Les Mayfield New Line Cinema
Columbia Pictures
2006
Basic Instinct 2 Michael Caton-Jones

Themes by:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Entertainment Film Distributors
Miami Vice Michael Mann

Composed with:

Universal Pictures
2007
Sunshine Danny Boyle

Composed with:

Fox Searchlight Pictures
28 Weeks Later Juan Carlos Fresnadillo 20th Century Fox
2009
The Last House on the Left Dennis Iliadis Rogue Pictures
Janky Promoters Marcus Raboy Third Rail Releasing
Armored Nimród Antal Screen Gems
2010
Kick-Ass Matthew Vaughn

Composed with:

Lionsgate Entertainment
Universal Pictures
2013
Love Never Fails/Forever Found Kelsey Shaw McNeal Short film
Documentaries
Year Title Director Notes Distributed by
1996
Where the Bad Girls Go Chris Bernard Short film
Eunice the Gladiator Chris Bernard Short film
2000
The Valley Dan Reed Suspect Device Films

Television work[edit]

TV series
Year Title Notes
1997
Modern Times

Episode:

  • The Bubble
2011
Dispatches

Episode:

  • The Battle for Haiti
Frontline

Episode:

  • Battle for Haiti

Charting discography[edit]

Year Single Peak position Album
FRA
[1]
2012 "In the House - In a Heartbeat 89 28 Days Later: The Soundtrack Album

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