Brian Tyler (composer)
Tyler in 2011.
|Also known as||Madsonik|
May 8, 1978 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Associated acts||London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hollywood Studio Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra|
Brian Tyler is an American composer, conductor, arranger, producer, musician, and songwriter, who has composed scores for film, television and video games. He is also credited for composing 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.
In 2002, his composition for the film Last Call earned him an induction into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As of May 2015, his films have grossed $9.5 billion worldwide.
Life and career
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. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master's from Harvard University. 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. Tyler is an atheist.
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).
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. 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). 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.. 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). 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).
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.
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. 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 300,000 copies.
|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|
|2014||Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe||No||Television Special|
|2010||Lego Universe||The Lego Group||No|
|2011||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Infinity Ward
|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
|2013||Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag||Ubisoft Montreal||Yes|
Awards and nominations
- Strom, Marc (12 November 2013). "Introducing the New Marvel Studios Logo". Marvel. Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- Interview with Brian Tyler 8Dio Archived 16 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- "Brian Tyler Bio". briantyler.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- Interview: Brian Tyler « corduroy magazine Archived 16 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- " "I became an atheist through years of studying to be a Christian apologist." 'The Kevin Pollak Chat Show', 1 January 2010
- Comerford, Jason. "Sayonara, baby! – Brian Tyler and Six-String Samurai". Islandlife. Archived from the original on 8 November 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2005.
- "SoundtrackNet : Interview – Brian Tyler". Soundtrack.net. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2005.
- "Adtunes Top Ad Music of 2008". Adtunes.com. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
- "?". YouTube. Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009.
- Goldwasser, Dan (16 June 2006). "Brian Tyler scores Partition". Scoringsessions.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2009.
- "Brian Tyler – Music Is Life". web.me.com. 5 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
- "IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association » IFMCA announces winners of 2009 Awards". Filmmusiccritics.org. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
- "IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association » IFMCA Winners 2013". Filmmusiccritics.org. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
- "Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Lead Saturn Awards Noms"
- "2014 Emmy Nominations: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘True Detective’ Among the Honored". New York Times. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014.