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Brian Tyler
Brian Tyler Conducts 2011 I.JPG
Tyler in 2011
Born (1972-05-08) May 8, 1972 (age 46)[1]
Alma mater
Occupation
Years active1997–present
Musical career
Also known asMadsonik
Genres
Instruments
Associated acts
Websitebriantyler.com

Brian Tyler (born May 8, 1972) is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, conductor, arranger, DJ and producer. Tyler scored Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron with Danny Elfman, Now You See Me, Patriots Day, and Crazy Rich Asians, among others. He also composed the current fanfare of the Universal Pictures logo (adapted from Jerry Goldsmith's), the updated Marvel Studios logo, which debuted with Thor: The Dark World (2013), as well as the NFL Theme for ESPN, and five installments of The Fast and the Furious franchise.[2] In 2018 Tyler also composed the main theme music for Formula One. He is also the composer of the Paramount Network's television series Yellowstone.

For his work as a film composer, he has 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 was inducted 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 which puts him in to the top 10 highest-grossing film composers of all time in the category of worldwide box office.[4] Tyler has scored 3 of the top 10 films of all time in global box office.

Life and career[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.[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 at least 30 different types of musical instruments, including drums, piano, guitar, bass, cello, world percussion, synthesizer, charango and bouzouki.[7] Tyler is an atheist.[8]

Tyler began scoring features shortly after graduating from Harvard. Robert Kraft, who was impressed by Tyler's music, encouraged him to pursue a career in film scoring. He began his career by composing the film score for the independent film Bartender (1997), directed by Gabe Torres. The following year, he and Red Elvises composed the film score for Six-String Samurai (1998).[9]

Tyler's breakthrough came in 1995, 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] William Friedkin, after being impressed by his work on Frailty, called Tyler in to begin composing for The Hunted (2003), which went on to earn Tyler a World Soundtrack Award in 2002 for Best New Film Composer of the Year. Starting in 2003, he began working on big-budget films, including Timeline (2003), Godsend (2004), The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005), and Constantine (2005).[10] His score for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) hit No. 1 on the iTunes soundtrack sales charts, while 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).[11] 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).[12]

In 2007, he was hired to compose for Partition (2007), where he had to integrate Indian and Middle Eastern music with orchestral writing. He conducted the orchestral portion of the score with the Hollywood Studio Symphony in Los Angeles.[13]

On September 5, 2011, Tyler announced that he was currently in talks for scoring the 2011 remake of Highlander, as well as pilot episodes for the animated series Transformers: Prime.[14] He went on to score four episodes of the series.

In 2012, Tyler also scored a new version of the fanfare of the Universal Pictures logo, originally composed by Jerry Goldsmith, coinciding with the celebration of the studio's 100th anniversary. The new score added elements such as a choir, a bigger emphasis on the movement of the music underneath and a drum cadence at the end.[15]

In addition to working as a composer, Tyler also 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 track went on to peak at No. 2 on the iTunes hip-hop singles charts and has sold over 500,000 copies.

On October 12, 2016, he was hired to write and compose the musical score for the 2017 action-adventure film xXx: Return of Xander Cage.[16] He has also contributed to the soundtrack by his stage name Madsonik in a collaboration with Tom Morello and Kill The Noise entitled "Divebomb".[17]

On March 2, 2018, he announced on Twitter[18] that he had been hired by Formula One to write a brand new theme that was released on March 23.[19] In August 2018, a 27-track soundtrack composed by Tyler for the cable TV series Yellowstone was issued on August 17, 2018 in CD format and for mp3 download on Amazon.[20]

Discography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1997 Bartender Gabe Torres Java Films N/A
1998 Six-String Samurai Lance Mungia Palm Pictures Composed with Red Elvises
1999 The Settlement Mark Steilen CineTel Films N/A
1999 The 4th Floor Josh Klausner Millennium Films N/A
Simon Sez Kevin Alyn Elders TriStar Pictures N/A
2000 Panic Henry Bromell Artisan Entertainment N/A
Shadow Hours Isaac H. Eaton Newmark Films Inc. N/A
Four Dogs Playing Poker Paul Rachman N/A N/A
Terror Tract Lance W. Dreesen
Clint Hutchison
Tomorrow Film Corporation N/A
2001 Plan B Greg Yaitanes Half Moon Entertainment N/A
Frailty Bill Paxton Lions Gate Films N/A
Offside Leanna Creel Passion Films Short film
2002 Bubba Ho-tep Don Coscarelli Vitagraph Films N/A
Vampires: Los Muertos Tommy Lee Wallace Destination Films N/A
2003 Darkness Falls Jonathan Liebesman Columbia Pictures N/A
2003 The Hunted William Friedkin Paramount Pictures N/A
Last Stand Gabe Torres N/A Short film
The Big Empty Steve Anderson Artisan Entertainment N/A
Timeline Richard Donner Paramount Pictures Replaced Jerry Goldsmith
2004 Perfect Opposites Matt Cooper N/A N/A
The Final Cut Omar Naim Lions Gate Films N/A
Godsend Nick Hamm N/A
Paparazzi Paul Abascal 20th Century Fox N/A
2005 Clair obscur Benjamin Charles-Lemaire N/A Short film
Constantine Francis Lawrence Warner Bros. Pictures Composed with Klaus Badelt
The Greatest Game Ever Played Bill Paxton Walt Disney Pictures N/A
2006 Annapolis Justin Lin Touchstone Pictures N/A
Bug William Friedkin Lionsgate N/A
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Justin Lin Universal Pictures N/A
2007 Finishing the Game Justin Lin IFC Films N/A
Partition Vic Sarin N/A N/A
War Philip Atwell Lionsgate Known as Rogue Assassin in other territories
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem The Brothers Strause 20th Century Fox N/A
2008 Rambo Sylvester Stallone Lionsgate
The Weinstein Company
N/A
Bangkok Dangerous Pang Brothers Lionsgate N/A
Eagle Eye D. J. Caruso DreamWorks Pictures N/A
The Lazarus Project John Patrick Glenn Sony Pictures N/A
2009 The Killing Room Jonathan Liebesman ContentFilm N/A
Dragonball Evolution James Wong 20th Century Fox N/A
Fast & Furious Justin Lin Universal Pictures N/A
Middle Men George Gallo Paramount Vantage N/A
The Final Destination David R. Ellis New Line Cinema N/A
Law Abiding Citizen F. Gary Gray Overture Films N/A
2010 The Expendables Sylvester Stallone Lionsgate N/A
Skyline The Brothers Strause Rogue, Relativity Media, Hydraulx Entertainment, Transmission, Rat Entertainment Executive producer only
2011 Battle: Los Angeles Jonathan Liebesman Columbia Pictures N/A
Tattoo Bill Paxton N/A Short film
Fast Five Justin Lin Universal Pictures N/A
Final Destination 5 Steven Quale Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
N/A
2012 John Dies at the End Don Coscarelli Magnet Releasing N/A
Columbus Circle George Gallo Lightning Entertainment N/A
Brake Gabe Torres IFC Films N/A
The Expendables 2 Simon West Lionsgate N/A
2013 Iron Man 3 Shane Black Marvel Studios Nominated for:
Now You See Me Louis Leterrier Summit Entertainment
Lionsgate
Standing Up D. J. Caruso Seven Star Pictures N/A
Thor: The Dark World Alan Taylor Marvel Studios N/A
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jonathan Liebesman Paramount Pictures N/A
The Expendables 3 Patrick Hughes Lionsgate N/A
Into the Storm Steven Quale Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
N/A
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 N/A
Avengers: Age of Ultron Joss Whedon Marvel Studios Composed with Danny Elfman
Truth James Vanderbilt Sony Pictures Classics N/A
The Disappointments Room D. J. Caruso Relativity Media N/A
2016 Criminal Ariel Vromen Summit Entertainment
Lionsgate
Composed with Keith Powers
Now You See Me 2 Jon M. Chu N/A
2017 XXX: Return of Xander Cage D. J. Caruso Paramount Pictures Composed with Robert Lydecker
Power Rangers Dean Israelite Lionsgate N/A
The Fate of the Furious F. Gary Gray Universal Pictures N/A
The Mummy Alex Kurtzman Universal Pictures N/A
2018 The Amazing Saviour Krishnakant K STAR Digitals Music Director
The Unsung Hero Kshitij K Productions Music Director
Crazy Rich Asians Jon M. Chu Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2019 Escape Room Adam Robitel Sony Pictures Releasing Composed with John Carey
What Men Want Adam Shankman Paramount Pictures N/A
Five Feet Apart Justin Baldoni CBS Films Composed with Breton Vivian

Television[edit]

Television film[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1998 Final Justice Tommy Lee Wallace N/A
1999 Sirens John Sacret Young N/A
2000 Trapped in a Purple Haze Eric Laneuville N/A
2001 Jane Doe Kevin Alyn Elders N/A
2002 Last Call Henry Bromell N/A
2003 Thoughtcrimes Breck Eisner N/A
2005 Painkiller Jane Sanford Bookstaver N/A
2014 Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe N/A Television special

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
2010–2013 Transformers: Prime 66 episodes
2011 Terra Nova 13 episodes
2013–2017 Sleepy Hollow 36 episodes
2014–2018 Scorpion 66 episodes
2018 Yellowstone 9 episodes
2019 Teen Titans TBA

Video games[edit]

Year Title Developer(s)
2010 Lego Universe The Lego Group
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Infinity Ward
Sledgehammer Games
Need for Speed: The Run EA Black Box
2012 Far Cry 3 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Visceral Games
EA Montreal
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft Montreal

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 N/A Nominated [21]
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 N/A Nominated [22]
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 [23]
Saturn Award for Best Music Now You See Me Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Sleepy Hollow Nominated [24]

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. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Interview: Brian Tyler – Corduroy magazine Archived April 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ " "I became an atheist through years of studying to be a Christian apologist." 'The Kevin Pollak Chat Show', January 1, 2010
  9. ^ Comerford, Jason. "Sayonara, baby! – Brian Tyler and Six-String Samurai". Islandlife. Archived from the original on November 8, 2005. Retrieved December 16, 2005.
  10. ^ "SoundtrackNet : Interview – Brian Tyler". Soundtrack.net. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2005.
  11. ^ "Adtunes Top Ad Music of 2008". Adtunes.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  12. ^ "His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass - Sizzle Reel". YouTube. Archived from the original on November 25, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
  13. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (June 16, 2006). "Brian Tyler scores Partition". Scoringsessions.com. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
  14. ^ "Brian Tyler – Music Is Life". web.me.com. September 5, 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  15. ^ "Scoring the New Universal Logo - 100th Anniversary (2012) HD". YouTube. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  16. ^ "Brian Tyler Scoring 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  17. ^ "Your EDM Exclusive: Madsonik Enlists Tom Morello & Kill The Noise For "Divebomb" - Your EDM". January 19, 2017.
  18. ^ "Twitter".
  19. ^ "MUST SEE – Watch F1's new opening title sequence". Formula1.com. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  20. ^ Amazon CD download services. Yellowstone soundtrack. Retrieved August 29, 2018. [1]
  21. ^ "IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association – IFMCA announces winners of 2009 Awards". Filmmusiccritics.org. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  22. ^ "IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association – IFMCA Winners 2013". Filmmusiccritics.org. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  23. ^ "Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Lead Saturn Awards Noms"
  24. ^ "2014 Emmy Nominations: 'Breaking Bad,' 'True Detective' Among the Honored". New York Times. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014.

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