Brian Tyler

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Brian Tyler
Brian Tyler.JPG
Tyler in 2011
Born
Brian Theodore Tyler

(1972-05-08) May 8, 1972 (age 50)[1]
Alma mater
Occupation
Years active1997–present
Musical career
Also known asMadsonik
Genres
Websitebriantyler.com

Brian Theodore Tyler (born May 8, 1972) is an American composer, conductor, arranger and producer known for his film, television and video game scores. In his 24-year career, he has scored Transformers: Prime, Eagle Eye, The Expendables trilogy, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron with Danny Elfman, Now You See Me, and Crazy Rich Asians, among others. He also re-arranged the current fanfare of the Universal Pictures logo, originally composed by Jerry Goldsmith, for Universal Pictures' 100th anniversary, which debuted with The Lorax (2012). He composed the 2013–2016 Marvel Studios logo, which debuted with Thor: The Dark World (2013), which he also composed the film's score. He composed the NFL Sunday Countdown Theme for ESPN and the Formula One theme (also used in Formula 2 and Formula 3). He scored seven installments of the Fast & Furious franchise,[2] and the soundtrack for the Paramount TV series Yellowstone. For his work as a film composer, he won the IFMCA Awards 2014 Composer of the Year.

His composition for the film Last Call earned him the first of three Emmy nominations, a gold record, and induction into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[3] As of November 2017, his films have grossed $12 billion worldwide, putting him in the top 10 highest-grossing film composers of all time.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Tyler was born and raised in Orange County, California. His grandfather was art director Walter H. Tyler. One of his first major influences was his pianist grandmother.[5] He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master's from Harvard University.[6] Growing up, he taught himself to play dozens of musical instruments, including drums, piano, guitar, bass, cello, world percussion, synthesizer, charango and bouzouki.[7]

Tyler began scoring features shortly after graduating from Harvard. Robert Kraft, who was impressed with Tyler's music, encouraged him to pursue a career in film scoring. Tyler's first film score was for the independent film Bartender (1997), directed by Gabe Torres. The following year, he and Red Elvises composed the score for Six-String Samurai (1998).[8]

Tyler's breakthrough came in the early 2000s, after composing for Frailty (2001). His work on Last Call (2002) earned him an induction into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[3] Director William Friedkin, impressed with Tyler's work on Frailty, engaged him to compose for The Hunted (2003), which earned Tyler a World Soundtrack Award in 2002 for Best New Film Composer of the Year. Starting in 2003, Tyler began working 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 No. 1 on the iTunes soundtrack sales charts, and his soundtrack for Children of Dune reached No. 4 on the Amazon.com album charts.[citation needed]. His cues for Children of Dune were used in multiple other theatrical film trailers, including Master and Commander (2003), Sahara (2005), Cinderella Man (2005), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), and Star Trek (2009).[10] The track "Summon the Worms" was used as a leader for the Dutch show Peking Express, and in the first leaked promotional reel for The Golden Compass (2007).[11]

In 2007, he was hired to compose for Partition (2007), where he integrated Indian and Middle Eastern music with orchestral writing. He conducted the orchestral portion of the score with the Hollywood Studio Symphony in Los Angeles.[12]

On September 5, 2011, Tyler announced that he was currently in talks to score the 2011 remake of Highlander, and pilot episodes for the animated series Transformers: Prime.[13] He scored four episodes of the latter.

In 2012, Tyler scored a new version of the fanfare of the Universal Pictures logo, originally composed by Jerry Goldsmith, in observance of the studio's 100th anniversary. The new score added a choir, a more majestic arranging style, and a closing drum cadence.[14] It made its debut alongside the logo with The Lorax on March 2, 2012.

In 2013, Tyler composed the fanfare of Marvel Studios, which made its debut alongside the logo with Thor: The Dark World, which he also composed the score of the film, on October 23, 2013 at the Odeon Leicester Square.

Tyler wrote and produced the song "Shell Shocked" with Kill the Noise, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla Sign, Juicy J and Moxie, released in the summer of 2014 under his artist name Madsonik. It reached No. 2 on the iTunes hip-hop singles charts and has sold over 500,000 copies.

On October 12, 2016, Tyler was hired to score the 2017 action-adventure film XXX: Return of Xander Cage.[15] He has also contributed to the soundtrack by his stage name Madsonik, in a collaboration with Tom Morello and Kill The Noise entitled "Divebomb".[16]

On March 2, 2018, he announced on Twitter[17] that he had been hired to write a new theme for Formula One; it was released on March 23.[18] The theme was also used in both Formula 2 and Formula 3. In August 2018, a 27-track soundtrack composed by Tyler for the cable TV series Yellowstone was issued in CD format and as an MP3 download on Amazon.[19]

Discography[edit]

Theatrical films[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1997 Bartender Gabe Torres
1998 Six-String Samurai Lance Mungia Composed with Red Elvises
1999 The Settlement Mark Steilen
The 4th Floor Josh Klausner
Simon Sez Kevin Alyn Elders
2000 Panic Henry Bromell
Shadow Hours Isaac H. Eaton
Four Dogs Playing Poker Paul Rachman
Terror Tract Lance W. Dreesen
Clint Hutchison
2001 Plan B Greg Yaitanes
Frailty Bill Paxton First collaboration with Bill Paxton
Nominated- Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Score
Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film
2002 Bubba Ho-tep Don Coscarelli
Vampires: Los Muertos Tommy Lee Wallace
2003 Darkness Falls Jonathan Liebesman First collaboration with Jonathan Liebesman
The Hunted William Friedkin First collaboration with William Friedkin
The Big Empty Steve Anderson
Timeline Richard Donner Replaced Jerry Goldsmith
2004 The Final Cut Omar Naim Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film
Godsend Nick Hamm
Perfect Opposites Matt Cooper
Paparazzi Paul Abascal
2005 Constantine Francis Lawrence Composed with Klaus Badelt
Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film
The Greatest Game Ever Played Bill Paxton Second collaboration with Bill Paxton
2006 Annapolis Justin Lin First collaboration with Justin Lin
Bug William Friedkin Second collaboration with William Friedkin
The Fast and the Furious:
Tokyo Drift
Justin Lin Second collaboration with Justin Lin
2007 Finishing the Game Third collaboration with Justin Lin
Partition Vic Sarin
War Philip Atwell
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem The Brothers Strause Original Alien themes by James Horner, Elliot Goldenthal & John Frizzell and original Predator themes by Alan Silvestri
2008 Rambo Sylvester Stallone Original Rambo themes by Jerry Goldsmith
Bangkok Dangerous Pang Brothers
Eagle Eye D. J. Caruso First Collaboration with D. J. Caruso
The Lazarus Project John Patrick Glenn
2009 The Killing Room Jonathan Liebesman Third collaboration with Jonathan Liebesman
Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film
Dragonball Evolution James Wong
Fast & Furious Justin Lin Fourth collaboration with Justin Lin
The Final Destination David R. Ellis Original Final Destination themes by Shirley Walker
Middle Men George Gallo
Law Abiding Citizen F. Gary Gray First collaboration with F. Gary Gray
2010 The Expendables Sylvester Stallone BMI Film Music Award
2011 Battle: Los Angeles Jonathan Liebesman
Fast Five Justin Lin
Final Destination 5 Steven Quale
2012 John Dies at the End Don Coscarelli
Columbus Circle George Gallo
Brake Gabe Torres
The Expendables 2 Simon West BMI Film Music Award
2013 Iron Man 3 Shane Black BMI Film Music Award
Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Music
Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure Film
Standing Up D. J. Caruso Second Collaboration with D. J. Caruso
Now You See Me Louis Leterrier Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Music
Thor: The Dark World Alan Taylor Themes by Patrick Doyle
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jonathan Liebesman
Into the Storm Steven Quale
The Expendables 3 Patrick Hughes
2015 Furious 7 James Wan
Avengers: Age of Ultron Joss Whedon Composed with Danny Elfman
Themes by Alan Silvestri
BMI Film Music Award
Nominated- Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score in a Sci-Fi Film
The Disappointments Room D. J. Caruso Third Collaboration with D. J. Caruso
Truth James Vanderbilt
2016 Criminal Ariel Vromen Composed with Keith Power
Now You See Me 2 Jon M. Chu
2017 XXX: Return of Xander Cage D. J. Caruso Fourth Collaboration with D. J. Caruso and Composed with Robert Lydecker
Power Rangers Dean Israelite
The Fate of the Furious F. Gary Gray
The Mummy Alex Kurtzman
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Jon M. Chu Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Comedy Film
2019 Escape Room Adam Robitel Composed with John Carey
What Men Want Adam Shankman
Five Feet Apart Justin Baldoni Composed with Breton Vivian
Liberation Danial Hajibarat
Ready or Not Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Tyler Gillett
First Collaboration with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
Rambo: Last Blood Adrian Grunberg Original Rambo themes by Jerry Goldsmith
Charlie's Angels Elizabeth Banks
2020 Clouds Justin Baldoni
2021 Those Who Wish Me Dead Taylor Sheridan
F9 Justin Lin Sixth Collaboration with Justin Lin
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions Adam Robitel Composed with John Carey
2022 Scream Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Tyler Gillett
Second Collaboration with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
Original Scream themes by Marco Beltrami
Redeeming Love D. J. Caruso Fifith Collaboration with D. J. Caruso and Composed with Breton Vivian
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Akiva Schaffer

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2001 Offside Leanna Creel
2003 Last Stand Gabe Torres
2005 Clair obscur Benjamin Lemaire
2011 Tattoo Bill Paxton Third and final collaboration with Bill Paxton
2014 All Hail the King Drew Pearce Composed with Mike Post

Television film[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1998 Final Justice Tommy Lee Wallace
1999 Sirens John Sacret Young
2000 Trapped in a Purple Haze Eric Laneuville
2001 Jane Doe Kevin Alyn Elders
2002 Last Call Henry Bromell Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series
2003 Thoughtcrimes Breck Eisner
2005 Painkiller Jane Sanford Bookstaver
2014 Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe Television special
2015 Edge Shane Black Television pilot

Television series[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
Star Trek: Enterprise Episodes "Canamar" and "Regeneration"
2007 Fear Itself Episode: "The Sacrifice"
2010 Hawaii Five-0 84 episodes
2010–13 Transformers: Prime 66 episodes

Nominated- Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

2011 Terra Nova 13 episodes
2013–17 Sleepy Hollow 36 episodes

Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

2014–18 Scorpion 66 episodes
2018 Yellowstone 19 episodes
2019 Swamp Thing 10 episodes
2021–22 1883 10 episodes

Television sports[edit]

Year Title Notes
March 2018 – Present Formula One, Formula 2, Formula 3 Official theme tune for Formula One (also used in Formula 2 and Formula 3)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Notes
2010 Lego Universe
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Need for Speed: The Run
2012 Far Cry 3 Nominated- BAFTA Games Award for Best Audio Achievement
2013 Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Nominated- BAFTA Games Award for Best Original Music
2019 Lost Ark Composed track "Bon Voyage"; Main score composed by Yong Kim

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result Ref.
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
2009 International Film Music Critics Award for Film Composer of the Year Nominated [20]
2009 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film The Killing Room Nominated
2010 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media Lego Universe Nominated
2011 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition Transformers: Prime Nominated
International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Nominated
2013 International Film Music Critics Award for Film Composer of the Year Nominated [21]
International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Nominated
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 Iron Man 3 Nominated [22]
Saturn Award for Best Music Now You See Me Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Sleepy Hollow Nominated [23]
2022 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited or Anthology Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score) 1883: 1883 Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brian Tyler - Composer Biography, Facts and Music Compositions".
  2. ^ Strom, Marc (November 12, 2013). "Introducing the New Marvel Studios Logo". Marvel. Archived from the original on November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Academy invites 135 new members".
  4. ^ "Brian Tyler Movie Box Office Results". www.boxofficemojo.com.
  5. ^ Interview with Brian Tyler 8Dio Archived April 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Brian Tyler Bio". briantyler.com.
  7. ^ Interview: Brian Tyler – Corduroy magazine Archived April 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Comerford, Jason. "Sayonara, baby! – Brian Tyler and Six-String Samurai". Islandlife. Archived from the original on November 8, 2005. Retrieved December 16, 2005.
  9. ^ "SoundtrackNet : Interview – Brian Tyler". Soundtrack.net. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2005.
  10. ^ "Adtunes Top Ad Music of 2008". Adtunes.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  11. ^ "His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass - Sizzle Reel". YouTube. Archived from the original on November 25, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
  12. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (June 16, 2006). "Brian Tyler scores Partition". Scoringsessions.com. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
  13. ^ "Brian Tyler – Music Is Life". web.me.com. September 5, 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  14. ^ "Scoring the New Universal Logo - 100th Anniversary (2012) HD". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "Brian Tyler Scoring 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  16. ^ "Your EDM Exclusive: Madsonik Enlists Tom Morello & Kill The Noise For "Divebomb" - Your EDM". January 19, 2017.
  17. ^ "Twitter".
  18. ^ "MUST SEE – Watch F1's new opening title sequence". Formula1.com. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  19. ^ Amazon CD download services. Yellowstone soundtrack. Retrieved August 29, 2018. [1]
  20. ^ "IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association – IFMCA announces winners of 2009 Awards". Filmmusiccritics.org. March 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  21. ^ "IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association – IFMCA Winners 2013". Filmmusiccritics.org. February 20, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  22. ^ "Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Lead Saturn Awards Noms"
  23. ^ "2014 Emmy Nominations: 'Breaking Bad,' 'True Detective' Among the Honored". New York Times. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014.

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