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|Born||January 30, 1952|
|Origin||Garfield Heights, Ohio, United States|
|Genres||Rock, Classical, film scores|
|Occupations||Orchestrator, composer, conductor, guitarist|
|Associated acts||Strawberry Alarm Clock
Bartek started off while still in high school, writing songs and playing flute with the psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock.
After college he worked at the Baked Potato with Leon Gaer under the leadership of Don Randi until joining the theatrical ensemble The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo which became Oingo Boingo.
Contrary to some claims, he was never enrolled at a music conservatory but did graduate from UCLA with a degree in Composition.
Film and television
Bartek has composed music for television series like The Tick, Tales from the Crypt, Nightmare Ned and Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, and movies like An Extremely Goofy Movie, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Snow Day, Novacaine and The Art of Travel. In 1992 he was nominated for a Saturn Award for his soundtrack to Guilty as Charged. In 2005, together with Danny Elfman and Stewart Copeland, he was awarded an BMI Film & TV Award for his work on Desperate Housewives.
As an orchestrator, Bartek has worked on over 50 productions with Danny Elfman as of 2007, including most Tim Burton productions, Mission Impossible, Good Will Hunting, Spider-Man and Milk, and has done orchestration work with composers Jon Brion and Stephen Trask.
Steve Bartek did horn arrangements for Avenged Sevenfold's song "A Little Piece of Heaven" as well as for John Hiatt's "Little Head". He produced Raya Yarbrough's eponymous album and arranged strings for the song "Early Autumn". He also did a string arrangement for Ricky Martin's "Vuelve".
Bartek played the acoustic guitar on the Bangle's cover of "A Hazy Shade of Winter" on the Rick Ruben arranged soundtrack for the 1987 film "Less Than Zero".
Bartek also contributed music to both the ride queue and exit of Disneyland's short-lived Rocket Rods attraction in 1998, including a synthesizer arrangement of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" and an arrangement of "World of Creativity".