Mancell in 2015
November 13, 1969|
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Josh Mancell (born November 13, 1969) is an American composer and multi-instrumentalist who writes music for film, television, and video games. He is best known for his work on the Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series of video games.
Early life and education
As a child, Mancell learned to play the piano, drums, and guitar and was a "rabid record geek". The exposure of playing music in different types of bands (such as punk rock, jazz, marching bands, and orchestras), combined with fandom in many genres, led Mancell to pursue a composing career. He was encouraged by his college professors to move to Los Angeles to write music for film and television.
Mancell has developed a successful career writing musical scores for film and television. In film, he has scored a range of films such as Bongwater (starring Luke Wilson, Alicia Witt and Jack Black) and Love Comes to the Executioner (starring Jonathan Tucker, Ginnifer Goodwin and Jeremy Renner) as well as contributing music to the cult indie Chuck & Buck (Independent Spirit Award winner).
Mancell's music has been used for the animated television shows Gary the Rat (starring Kelsey Grammer), Shorty McShorts' Shorts (starring Wilmer Valderrama), and Clifford the Big Red Dog (starring John Ritter), which has earned him two Emmy nominations.
Mancell is known for his music in video games including Sony's Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series, and other titles such as Johnny Mnemonic: The Interactive Action Movie and Interstate '82. This work was done with the assistance of Mutato Muzika, the music production company which Mark Mothersbaugh formed with several other former members of Devo including his brother, Bob Mothersbaugh.
Mancell has been a member of the following bands and musical groups outside of his solo composing career:
- The Millionaires – punk rock/garage band (1995–1996)
- Uluteka – acid jazz/lounge band (1996)
- Mutato Muzika – music production company (1992–2007)
- The Dining Room Set – power pop/mod/soul (1999)
- The Wipeouters – surf/electronic (2001)
- The Moon Upstairs – psychedelic rock (2006–2010)
- Exploding Flowers – pop/post-punk/power pop (2010–present)
Musical style and influences
Mancell's influences include electronic artists such as Mouse on Mars, A Guy Called Gerald, Aphex Twin, Juan Atkins, Richard H. Kirk and Kraftwerk, as well as progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He has cited their "interesting rhythmic elements" and said that "melodically they're simple but kind of leftfield too".
|1995||Johnny Mnemonic: The Interactive Action Movie||N/A|
|1997||Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back||N/A|
|1998||Crash Bandicoot: Warped||N/A|
|1999||Crash Team Racing||N/A|
|2001||Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy||N/A|
|2003||Jak II||with Larry Hopkins|
|2004||Jak 3||with Larry Hopkins|
|2016||Vairon's Wrath||Two tracks|
|1997||Bongwater||Richard Sears||with Mark Mothersbaugh|
|1999||This is Harry Lehman||Brian King||Short film|
|2000||Chuck & Buck||Miguel Arteta||"Nwo Tew"|
|2006||Love Comes to the Executioner||Kyle Bergersen||N/A|
|2008||Milkshake||Renji Philip||Short film|
|Stanley||Renji Philip||Short film|
|2009||The Lights||John Sjogren||N/A|
|2010||Love & Other Unstable States of Matter||David Marmor||Short film|
|2011||Eat the Sun||Peter Sorcher||Documentary|
|The Dude||Jeff Feuerzeig||Short documentary|
|2012||Cheesecake Casserole||Renji Philip||N/A|
|2013||A Star for Rose||Daniel Yost||N/A|
|2015||Dirty Laundry||Renji Philip||Short film|
- Adventures in Wonderland (1992) – with Mark Mothersbaugh
- Futurequest (1994)
- Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000) – with Mark Mothersbaugh
- The Groovenians – with Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Casale, Albert Fox, Al Mothersbaugh, Bob Mothersbaugh, Andrew Todd, and Pat Irwin (additional music)
- Gary the Rat (2003)
- Shorty McShorts' Shorts (2006) ("Dudley and Nestor Do Nothing")
- The Bite-Sized Adventures of Sam Sandwich (2011)
|2002||Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition||Clifford the Big Red Dog||Nominated|
|2003||Outstanding Sound Editing – Live Action and Animation||Nominated|
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- Anderson, Richard J. "The Wipeouters – P'Twaaang!". Forgotten Records. Kittysneezes. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
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