23 October 1955 |
Auckland, New Zealand
Graeme Revell (born 23 October 1955) is a New Zealand musician and composer. He came to prominence in the 1980s as the leader of the industrial/electronic group SPK. Since the 1990s he has worked primarily as a film score composer.
Some of Revell's best known film scores include The Crow (1994), Street Fighter (1994), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), The Craft (1996), The Crow: City of Angels (1996), The Saint (1997), Spawn (1997), The Negotiator (1998), Bride of Chucky (1998), Titan A.E. (2000), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Daredevil (2003) and Sin City (2005). He is also known for his frequent collaborations with director David Twohy, having scored Below (2002) and the Riddick franchise.
Revell attended Auckland Grammar School, where he finished his final year in 7A.
Education and training
Revell was a founding member of the industrial music band SPK, playing keyboards and percussion. The SPK single, "In Flagrante Delicto", was the basis for the Dead Calm film score (his first) that won him an Australian Film Industry award.
Revell's musical style is predominantly electronic and computer-based, yet often utilizes classical instruments or entire arrangements for certain pieces (similar to his contemporary counterparts, Hans Zimmer and Mark Isham). The orchestral scores that Revell has composed have changed throughout his career—from Bernard Herrmann-like pieces to Ennio Morricone-influenced works.
Revell's music is often re-used from movie to movie and in more recent times he has collaborated with other artists on their albums. After the success of his soundtrack on Red Planet where he used the voice of French singer Emma Shapplin to back up and often lead his score, he collaborated with her on her own album Etterna, producing all of her songs. He has recently been interviewed for the independent documentary Finding Kraftland.
Television and video
- Bangkok Hilton (1988) (mini-series)
- Down Came a Blackbird (1995)
- Tomb Raider (1996)
- Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! (1998)
- Bats Abound (1999)
- Frank Herbert's Dune (2000) (mini-series)
- Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001)
- CSI: Miami (2002)
- Kung Faux (2003)
- Legends (2004)
- Eleventh Hour (TV series) (18 episodes, 2008-2009).
- The Forgotten (2009)
- The River (2011)
- Gotham (2014)
- "Graeme Revell". New York Times. 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
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- "BMI Honors Composers of Top Movies, TV Shows and Cable Programs at 2005 Film/TV Awards". bmi.com. Retrieved 2010-10-28.