Brian Tyler (composer)

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Brian Tyler
Brian Tyler Conducts 2011 I.JPG
Tyler in 2011.
Background information
Also known as Madsonik
Born (1972-05-08) May 8, 1972 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hollywood Studio Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra
Website briantyler.com

Brian Tyler is an American composer, conductor, arranger, producer, musician, and songwriter, who has composed scores for film, television and video games. Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Now You See Me, Truth, the current fanfare of the Universal Pictures logo, the updated Marvel Studios logo, which debuted with Thor: The Dark World (2013), as well as the NFL Theme for ESPN.[1]

For his work as a film composer, he has won multiple awards, including 23 BMI Film Music Award for Best Film Music and ASCAP Awards and the IFMCA Awards 2014 Composer of the Year.

His composition for the film Last Call earned him the first of three Emmy nominations and went on to win 23 BMI and ASCAP Film Awards, a gold record, and was inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[2] As of May 2015, his films have grossed $9.5 billion worldwide which puts him in to the top 10 highest grossing film composers of all time in the category of worldwide box office.[3] 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.[4] He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master's from Harvard University.[5] 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.[6] Tyler is an atheist.[7]

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).[8]

Tyler's breakthrough came in 2001, 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.[2] 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).[9] His score for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) hit #1 on the iTunes soundtrack sales charts, while his soundtrack for "Children of Dune" reached #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 French 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 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.[12]

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.[13] He went on to score four episodes of the series.

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 #2 on the iTunes hip-hop singles charts and has sold over 500,000 copies.

Works[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1997 Bartender Gabe Torres Java Films
1998 Six-String Samurai Lance Mungia Palm Pictures N/A
1999 The Settlement Mark Steilen CineTel Films N/A
1999 The 4th Floor Josh Klausner Millennium Films N/A
1999 Simon Sez Kevin Elders TriStar Pictures N/A
1999 Sirens John Sacret Young Paramount Network Television Television film
2000 Panic Henry Bromell Artisan Entertainment N/A
2000 Shadow Hours Isaac H. Eaton Newmark Films Inc. N/A
2000 Trapped in a Purple Haze Eric Laneuville N/A N/A
2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker Paul Rachman N/A
2000 Terror Tract Lance W. Dreesen
Clint Hutchison
Tomorrow Film Corporation N/A
2001 Strings Jill Tanner Depth Charge Productions N/A
2001 Plan B Greg Yaitanes Half Moon Entertainment N/A
2001 Offside Leanna Creel Passion Films Short film
2001 Frailty Bill Paxton Lions Gate Films N/A
2001 Jane Doe Kevin Elders USA Films N/A
2002 Fitzgerald Henry Bromell N/A Television film
2002 Bubba Ho-tep Don Coscarelli Vitagraph Films N/A
2002 Vampires: Los Muertos Tommy Lee Wallace Screen Gems N/A
2003 Darkness Falls Jonathan Liebesman Columbia Pictures N/A
2003 The Hunted William Friedkin Paramount Pictures N/A
2003 Last Stand Gabe Torres N/A Short film
2003 The Big Empty Steve Anderson Artisan Entertainment N/A
2003 Timeline Richard Donner Paramount Pictures N/A
2003 Thoughtcrimes Breck Eisner N/A N/A
2004 Perfect Opposites Matt Cooper N/A
2004 The Final Cut Omar Naim Lions Gate Films N/A
2004 Godsend Nick Hamm N/A
2004 Paparazzi Paul Abascal 20th Century Fox N/A
2005 Clair obscur Benjamin Lemaire N/A Short film
2005 Constantine Francis Lawrence Warner Bros. Pictures Composed with Klaus Badelt
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played Bill Paxton Walt Disney Pictures N/A
2005 Painkiller Jane Sanford Bookstaver N/A Television film
2006 Annapolis Justin Lin Touchstone Pictures N/A
2006 Bug William Friedkin Lionsgate N/A
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Justin Lin Universal Pictures N/A
2007 Finishing the Game Justin Lin IFC Films N/A
2007 Partition Vic Sarin N/A N/A
2007 War Philip Atwell Lionsgate Known as Rogue Assassin in other territories
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem The Brothers Strause 20th Century Fox replacement for Harald Kloser
2008 Rambo Sylvester Stallone Lionsgate
The Weinstein Company
N/A
2008 Bangkok Dangerous Pang Brothers Lionsgate N/A
2008 Eagle Eye D. J. Caruso DreamWorks Pictures N/A
2008 The Lazarus Project John Patrick Glenn Sony Pictures N/A
2009 The Killing Room Jonathan Liebesman ContentFilm N/A
2009 Dragonball Evolution James Wong 20th Century Fox N/A
2009 Fast & Furious Justin Lin Universal Pictures N/A
2009 Middle Men George Gallo Paramount Vantage N/A
2009 The Final Destination David R. Ellis New Line Cinema N/A
2009 Law Abiding Citizen F. Gary Gray Overture Films N/A
2010 The Expendables Sylvester Stallone Lionsgate N/A
2011 Battle: Los Angeles Jonathan Liebesman Columbia Pictures N/A
2011 Tattoo Bill Paxton N/A Short film
2011 Fast Five Justin Lin Universal Pictures N/A
2011 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
2012 Columbus Circle George Gallo Lightning Entertainment N/A
2012 Brake Gabe Torres IFC Films N/A
2012 The Expendables 2 Simon West Lionsgate N/A
2013 Iron Man 3 Shane Black Marvel Studios N/A
2013 Now You See Me Louis Leterrier Summit Entertainment
Lionsgate
N/A
2013 Standing Up D. J. Caruso Seven Star Pictures N/A
2013 Thor: The Dark World Alan Taylor Marvel Studios N/A
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jonathan Liebesman Paramount Pictures N/A
2014 The Expendables 3 Patrick Hughes Lionsgate N/A
2014 Into the Storm Steven Quale Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
N/A
2014 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
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Joss Whedon Marvel Studios Composed with Danny Elfman
2015 Truth James Vanderbilt Sony Pictures Classics N/A
2015 The Disappointments Room D. J. Caruso Relativity Media N/A
2016 Criminal Ariel Vromen Summit Entertainment
Lionsgate
Composed with Keith Powers
2016 Now You See Me 2 Jon M. Chu N/A

Television[edit]

Year Title Soundtrack album Notes
1997 Jenny No 17 episodes
1998 Living in Captivity No 8 episodes
1998 Final Justice No Television film
2000 Level 9 No 13 episodes
2001 The Education of Max Bickford No 22 episodes
2002 Last Call No Television film
2003 Frank Herbert's Children of Dune Yes 3 episodes
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise No Episodes "Canamar" and "Regeneration"
2007 Fear Itself Yes Episode: "The Sacrifice"
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Yes Episodes "Pilot" and "Ohana"
2010–2013 Transformers: Prime Yes 65 episodes
2011 Terra Nova Yes 13 episodes
2013–present Sleepy Hollow Yes N/A
2014–present Scorpion No N/A
2014 Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe No Television Special

Video games[edit]

Year Title Developer(s) Soundtrack album
2010 Lego Universe The Lego Group No
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Infinity Ward
Sledgehammer Games
Yes
2011 Need for Speed: The Run EA Black Box Yes
2012 Far Cry 3 Ubisoft Montreal Yes
2013 Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Visceral Games
EA Montreal
Yes
2013 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft Montreal Yes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
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
2006 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Constantine Won
2009 International Film Music Critics Award for Film Composer of the Year[14] N/A Nominated
2009 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film The Killing Room Nominated
2009 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Eagle Eye Won
2010 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media Lego Universe Nominated
2010 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Fast & Furious Won
2010 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films The Final Destination Won
2010 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Law Abiding Citizen Won
2011 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition Transformers: Prime Nominated
2011 BMI Film Music Award for Best Film Music Battle: Los Angeles Won
2011 BMI Film Music Award for Best Film Music Fast Five Won
2011 BMI TV Music Award for Best Television Music Hawaii Five-0 Won
2011 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Nominated
2013 BMI TV Music Award for Best Television Music Hawaii Five-0 Won
2013 BMI Film Music Award for Best Film Music The Expendables 2 Won
2013 BMI Film Music Award for Best Film Music Iron Man 3 Won
2013 International Film Music Critics Award for Film Composer of the Year[15] N/A Nominated
2013 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Nominated
2013 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[16] Iron Man 3 Nominated
2014 Saturn Award for Best Music Now You See Me Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music[17] Sleepy Hollow Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strom, Marc (12 November 2013). "Introducing the New Marvel Studios Logo". Marvel. Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b [1]
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  4. ^ Interview with Brian Tyler 8Dio Archived 16 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Brian Tyler Bio". briantyler.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Interview: Brian Tyler « corduroy magazine Archived 16 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ " "I became an atheist through years of studying to be a Christian apologist." 'The Kevin Pollak Chat Show', 1 January 2010
  8. ^ Comerford, Jason. "Sayonara, baby! – Brian Tyler and Six-String Samurai". Islandlife. Archived from the original on 8 November 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2005. 
  9. ^ "SoundtrackNet : Interview – Brian Tyler". Soundtrack.net. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2005. 
  10. ^ "Adtunes Top Ad Music of 2008". Adtunes.com. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  11. ^ "?". YouTube. Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  12. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (16 June 2006). "Brian Tyler scores Partition". Scoringsessions.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Brian Tyler – Music Is Life". web.me.com. 5 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association » IFMCA announces winners of 2009 Awards". Filmmusiccritics.org. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association » IFMCA Winners 2013". Filmmusiccritics.org. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Lead Saturn Awards Noms"
  17. ^ "2014 Emmy Nominations: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘True Detective’ Among the Honored". New York Times. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 

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