Kurt Oldman

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Kurt Oldman
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Alma materConservatory of Music in Fribourg and Lucerne Swiss Jazz School
OccupationFilm composer and musician

Kurt Oldman is a Swiss born[1] composer of music for television and film.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Oldman was born in Switzerland to parents who were both musicians. His father attended the Conservatory of Music in Fribourg. His grandfather and great-grandfather were also classical musicians. Oldman received musical training at the Fribourg Conservatory and the Lucerne Swiss Jazz School in Lucerne, Switzerland.[3] As a young child he was inspired by several film music scores, including the score for E.T. The first film that Oldman scored was Endless Escape, a 2.5 hours Swiss-produced feature docu-drama. After this he attended film scoring classes at UCLA during the beginning part of his career.[4]


Oldman produces music mainly for films and TV. His early film work includes the independent films Killer Holiday, (Lionsgate) 2013, Babysitter Wanted, Neighbor, All Along,[2] Holiday Baggage, King of Paper Chasin and Tapia, a documentary about the world champion boxer, Johnny Tapia, which aired on HBO.[5] He has also served as music programmer and arranger on Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and The Spy Who Dumped Me.

In 2015, Oldman started scoring Sony's stop motion animation series SuperMansion, which airs on Sony Crackle and Adult Swim.[6]

Oldman is known for using alternative sounds as a part of his scores, implementing them into his electronic instruments for musical adaptation.[7] The kinds of guitars he has worked with include acoustics, electrics and mandolins.[8]

Michael Allen, a horror reviewer, described the score for Killer Holiday as "a definite must have".[9]


  1. ^ "Swiss Composer Kurt Oldman scoring in Hollywood". German World Online. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Barry Cleveland (16 April 2012). "Guitar in Pictures". Guitar Player. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  3. ^ Steve Ericsson. "On the Art of Film Music: An interview with composer Kurt Oldman". Constructing Horror. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  4. ^ Kaya Savas (3 January 2012). "Composer Interview: Kurt Oldman". Film Music Media. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  5. ^ Russell Contreras (11 December 2014). "'Tapia' documentary set to air on HBO on Dec. 16". USA Today. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  6. ^ Joe Allen (19 December 2016). "SuperMansion Heading to Adult Swim in 2017". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  7. ^ Michael Gingold (13 December 2011). "EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: "KILLER HOLIDAY" CLIPS & COMPOSER KURT OLDMAN". Fangoria. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  8. ^ S. James Wegg (16 May 2009). "Multi-track mind". James Wegg Review. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  9. ^ Michael Allen (22 March 2012). "Kurt Oldman and Killer Holiday Chimes: A Soundtrack Review". 28dayslateranalysis.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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