Adam Wiltzie

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Adam Wiltzie
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Background information
Birth nameAdam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
Born (1969-09-17) 17 September 1969 (age 50)
New York City, New York, USA
GenresNeo-Classical, Drone
Occupation(s)Musician, Composer, Sound Engineer
InstrumentsPiano, Guitar
LabelsErased Tapes, Kranky
Associated actsStars of the Lid, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, The Dead Texan, Aix Em Klemm, Sleepingdog

Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (born September 17, 1969, New York City)[1] is a composer and sound engineer based in Brussels, Belgium.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wiltzie was born in New York and since his early childhood, he was passionate to make his career in professional tennis under the wings of 1963 Wimbledon champion Chuck McKinley. At the age of sixteen, he had a knee injury which ended his career.[3] Wiltzie then moved to Austin, Texas, where he lived for 10 years, before moving to Europe.[4]


Wiltzie is best known for his work as a founder of seminal ambient classical projects Stars of the Lid,[5][6] The Dead Texan, Aix Em Klemm and A Winged Victory for the Sullen, he also has recorded, played with, and worked as a live sound engineer for artists such as The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Labradford, Bedhead, The Bad Livers, Windsor for the Derby, Iron & Wine, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hauschka and Sparklehorse.

He has written the original scores for several film and television productions including Salero, The Yellow Birds and Iris.[7] He also collaborated with Jóhann Jóhannsson on his scores for the Theory of Everything (2014 film) and Arrival, and wrote two of the main themes with Dustin O'Halloran in the 2016 Oscar-nominated film Lion.[8][9][10]



Stars of the Lid (with Brian McBride)

Sleepingdog (with Chantal Acda)

  • Naked in a Clean Bed (Muze, 2006)
  • Polar Life (Gizeh, 2008)
  • With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields (Gizeh, 2011)

Aix Em Klemm (with Robert Donne)

The Dead Texan (with Christina Vantzou)

A Winged Victory for the Sullen (with Dustin O'Halloran)[13]


Year Title Director Notes
2009 The Passage Alexander Douglas Documentary
2010 Want to See Something ? Tomas Jonsgården Short
Submission Stefan Jarl Documentary
2013 Godheten Stefan Jarl (2) Documentary
2015 Salero Mike Plunkett Documentary
2016 Iris Jalil Lespert
2017 The Yellow Birds Alexandre Moors
2018 American Woman Jake Scott


  1. ^ "Adam Wiltzie". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  2. ^ "Track-By-Track: Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie – Travels in Constants Vol 24 | Album Streams | musicOMH". Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  3. ^ "Organ Reframed Cinema: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with new score by Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid)". Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  4. ^ "A Winged Victory for the Sullen: the dance album". The Irish Times. 2015-02-15.
  5. ^ "Stars Of The Lid's Adam Wiltzie releases Salero film score". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  6. ^ Martinelli, Roberto (2004). "Stars of the Lid". Maelstrom magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2006-12-08.
  7. ^ "No Going Back: The 405 meets Stars of the Lid". The 405. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  8. ^ "The Quietus | Reviews | A Winged Victory For The Sullen". The Quietus. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  9. ^ "A Winged Victory for the Sullen: the dance album". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  10. ^ "Aix Em Klemm (interview)" (in French). musiques mutines et mutantes. March 2001. Archived from the original on 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2006-12-08.
  11. ^ "Salero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie - Releases - Erased Tapes". Erased Tapes. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  12. ^ "Track-By-Track: Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie – Travels in Constants Vol 24 | Album Streams | musicOMH". Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  13. ^ Ehrlich, David. "How Hauschka And Dustin O'Halloran Helped Lion Find Its Way Home | IndieWire". Retrieved 2017-06-17.

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