Dave Porter (composer)

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Dave Porter is an American composer, best known for the original score for the television series Breaking Bad.[1] At Sarah Lawrence College, Porter studied classical and electronic music composition.[2]

Breaking Bad[edit]

For his work on Breaking Bad, Porter has won an ASCAP Award.[3] Bryan Cranston, who portrays Walter White, stated "With his music, Dave Porter has created another character for Breaking Bad. Evocative and meaningful, Dave's work is an essential part of the storytelling."[4] Porter stated that influences on the series' music came from discussions with Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, about the show having aspects of a post-modern western.[5] For the final episodes of the series, Porter incorporated four important themes that were in previous seasons.[6]

Other work[edit]

Porter currently composes music for NBC's crime thriller The Blacklist, as well as for the Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul.

Personal life[edit]

Porter has a wife, Jeanine, and a son.[4]


Title Year Type Notes
LeTourneau Live 2000 TV movie
Missing Mia 2004 Short
The Third Wish 2005 Film
Saved 2006 TV series
Hooters Best Damn Dream Girl Special 2007 2007 TV movie
Bigger Stronger Faster* 2008 Documentary
Breaking Bad 2008-2013 TV series
Chasing Classic Cars 2009–present TV series
The Same Deep Water as You 2009 Short
Smiley 2012 Film
Red Widow 2013 TV series
My Classic Car 2013 TV series "Keels and Wheels"
The Blacklist 2013–present TV series
Metástasis 2014 TV series Colombian remake of Breaking Bad
Better Call Saul 2015–present TV series Prequel series to Breaking Bad
Documentary Now! 2015 TV series "The Eye Doesn't Lie"
Flesh & Bone 2015 Mini-series
30 for 30 2016 TV series "The '85 Bears"
Preacher 2016–present TV series
Term Life 2016 Film
The Blacklist: Redemption 2017 TV series
The Disaster Artist 2017 Film


List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details
Breaking Bad: Original Score From The Television Series[7]
Breaking Bad: Original Score From The Television Series Volume 2[8]


  1. ^ Jurgensen, John (September 24, 2013). "Meet the Composer Behind the Eerie 'Breaking Bad' Theme". Speakeasy. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Bio". DavePorter.tv. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "ASCAP Honors Top Film and Television Music Composers at 25th Anniversary Awards Celebration". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Gruber, Xaque (June 11, 2013). "Q&A With Breaking Bad's Composer Extraordinaire, Dave Porter". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  5. ^ Spitznagel, Eric (September 25, 2013). "The Eight Hardest 'Breaking Bad' Scenes to Score". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Appelo, Tim (August 7, 2013). "What You'll Hear in 'Breaking Bad': Composer Dave Porter's 4 Greatest Themes". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "Dave Porter Discography". MTV. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Dave Porter Discography". The Atlantic. Retrieved September 27, 2013.

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