Michael Lehmann Boddicker
Michael J. Boddicker
January 19, 1953
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
University of Wisconsin,
University of Iowa
|Known for||Music composer, film composer, sessions musician|
|Style||Synthesizer, electronic musician|
Michael Lehmann Boddicker (born January 19, 1953), is an American film composer and session musician, specializing in electronic music. He is a three times National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (N.A.R.A.S.) Most Valuable Player "Synthesizer" and MVP Emeritus, he was awarded a Grammy as a songwriter for "Imagination" from Flashdance in 1984. He is the president of The Lehmann Boddicker Group.
Early life and education
Boddicker grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His parents, Jerry and Arlene Boddicker operated a music school and store in Cedar Rapids, which served students in all of Eastern Iowa. His ancestors (Johan & Elisabeth (Jacobi) Boddicker) emigrated in 1861 from the village of Brilon, Province of Westphalia. He is a distant cousin of the Major League Baseball player, Mike Boddicker, who is also originally from Cedar Rapids.
While still attending high school in Cedar Rapids in 1971, Boddicker enrolled full-time at the local Coe College, studying electronic music. By 1972, he continued studies at Coe College, focused on music composition and he started taking jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin. By 1973, he enrolled in 20th-century composition at the University of Iowa. That same year in 1973, Michael purchased a powerful portable semi-modular synthesizer, the ARP 2600.
He was able to purchase a Minimoog and a Moog System 15 modular synthesizer by 1975. As a result of his purchase, he was asked by Bob Moog (the founder of Moog Music) to demonstrate their newest synthesizer, the Polymoog, at the 1975 summer National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention.
He quickly found work as a session musician, and by 1977 appeared playing synthesizer, vocoder, accordion and keyboards on albums by many notables such as Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, The Manhattan Transfer and The Bee Gees.
One of Boddicker's earliest soundtrack collaborations of note was a score for a short experimental claymation film made by Gumby creator Art Clokey entitled "Mandala" (released in 1977). Soon after that he entered the mainstream with work on such films as Saturday Night Fever, Battlestar Galactica and The Wiz.
Boddicker is a Board Member of The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), of Beverly Hills, California. He owns an audio post production facility, Sol7 (aka Sol Seven), in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
In 2019, he co-founded the Los Angeles synthesizer music festival, Synthplex.
Boddicker officially changed his name to Michael Lehmann Boddicker when he married singer/conductor/actress Edie Lehmann in 1995. They have raised four children together in Los Angeles, California.
He sued Michael Jackson's estate in 2016, alleging that he was unpaid for work and services provided early in his professional relationship with Michael Jackson.
In 1991, in recognition of his achievements, contributions and furtherance of electronic music in the recording industry, he was presented with an honorary doctorate of music from Coe College.
Among his film score credits as a composer are the cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), the score for The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986), and additional music for Bulletproof (1996), "The Magic Egg: A Computer Odyssey" (1984) an Omni Max computer animated film, "Get Crazy" (1983), "White Water Summer" (1987), "F/X2 " (1991) with Lalo Schifrin, and "Starfire" (1992).
His contributions as a composer can also be heard in the film "Battlestar Galactica" (1978) which including the BattleStar Galactica theme song produced and arranged by Michael Boddicker. "Freejack" (1992), Michael Jackson's "Black or White" (music video), and "HIStory" (music video) video produced by and additional music underscore and "THE FLY" eleven cues to augment or replace the original score.
Artists that have recorded his songs and compositions include Lani Hall ("Go For The Heart"), Earth, Wind and Fire ("Opening Raise Tour"), Patti Austin ("Oh, No Margarita"), Michael Jackson ("Captain EO & HIStory Unveiling"), Isao Tomita's & YMO's Hideki Matsutake ("Automatic Collect", "Automatic Correct & Plan"), Kitaro ("The Silk Road"), Laura Branigan (Imagination) and David Hasselhoff.
Commercial and advertising projects
Boddicker has composed music for the following corporations and product lines: Honda, ARCO, SEGA, Levi's Jeans, He-Man, Carabine, Chiquita Bananas, Red Carpet, Spee-Dee Pit Stop, The California Lottery and Miller Beer. Additionally, "Blue Cross - Moses" with Don Piestrup.
Film trailers include:
- The Negotiator - Composed by Michael Boddicker
- Saving Private Ryan - Composed by Michael Boddicker
- Les Misérables - Composed by Michael Boddicker
- Waterworld - Arranged and Adapted, Additional Composition by Michael Boddicker
- Frankenstein - Arranged and Adapted, Additional Composition by Michael Boddicker
- Cliffhanger - Arranged and Adapted by Michael Boddicker
- Forever Young - Arranged and Adapted by Michael Boddicker
- And the Band Played On - Composed by Michael Boddicker
- Map of the Human Heart - Composed by Michael Boddicker
- The Bodyguard - Composed by Michael Boddicker
- Mr. Wonderful - Composed by Michael Boddicker
- Lost in Yonkers - Composed by Michael Boddicker
- The Pelican Brief - Composed by Michael Boddicker
Boddicker has contributed sound design to the campaigns of: Chevrolet, Honda, McDonald's, Blue Cross, Perrier, Ford, Paul Mason, Mitsubishi, Carl's Jr., Michelob, Kellogg's, Puppy Chow, Chevron, Anheuser Busch, Nabisco, Diahatsu, GMAC, Georgia Pacific, Delco, Six Flags, Ralph's, Coldwell Banker, Florida Lottery, Sunny Delight, O'Douls Ale, Vons, In-And-Out, Air France, Aloha Air, Miller Beer, American Express, Kenwood, Southern California Gas, and Cadillac Dealers of Southern California.
Motion picture credits
Composed by Sting and David Hartley "The Emperor's New Groove"
Composed By: Maurice Jarre "Jacobs Ladder" "Ghost" "No Way Out" - (Principal Synthesist) "Mosquito Coast" - (Session Leader/Principal Synthesist) "Solar Babies" - (Session Leader/Principal Synthesist) "Enemy Mine" - (Principal Synthesist) "Witness" "Fatal Attraction" "Distant Thunder" "Gaby" "Cocktail" "Gorillas in the Mist" "Dead Poets Society" "Prancer" "Art of Cinema"
Composed By: Basil Poledouris "White Fang" "Flight Of The Intruder" "Wired" "RoboCop 3" "Free Willy" & "Free Willy II" "Quigley Down Under" "On Deadly Ground" "Under Siege II"
Composed By: James Horner "Where The River Runs Black" "Commando" "Vibes" "Red Heat" "Captain EO"
Composed By: David Foster "Secret Of My Success" "Stealing Home" "Mismatched"
Composed By: Bill Conti "The Right Stuff" - (Principal Synthesist) Academy Award For Best Musical Score "Karate Kid II" - (Principal Synthesist) "I Love New York" "The Boss' Wife" "Broadcast News" 'Maybe Baby" "Baby Boom" "Karate Kid III" "Lock Up" "The Fourth War"
Composed By: Lee Holdridge "16 Days Of Glory" - (Featured Soloist)
Composed By: Jac Redford "Extremities" "Oliver & Co."
Composed By: Tom Newman "Desperately Seeking Susan" "Light Of Day" "Revenge Of The Nerds" "Less Than Zero" "Welcome Home Roxie Carmichael" "Men Don't Leave"
Composed By: Jim Depasquale "Armed And Dangerous" "Half And Half"
Composed By: Miles Goodman "Little Shop Of Horrors" "Teen Wolf" "Just One Night" "Blind Justice" "Like Father Like Son" "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Composed By: John Williams "Close Encounters Of The 3rd Kind" "The River" "Jaws II"
Composed By: Randy Kerber "Date With An Angel"
Composed by: Marvin Hamlish "Three Men And A Baby" "Little Nikita"
Composed By: Jonathan Sheffer "In A Shallow Grave"
Composed By: Randy Newman "Avalon" "Parenthood" "The Natural"
Composed By: David McHugh "Dream Team" "Montana"
Composed By: Georges Delerue "Her Alibi" (Song Produced By Michael Boddicker And Frank Fitzpatrick. The London Session, Vol. 1)
Composed By: Randy Edelman "Come See The Paradise"
Composed By: James Newton Howard "Flatliners" "All American Hero"
Composed By: Trevor Jones "Arachnophobia" "Free Jack" "Goonies" - Cyndi Lauper's "The Goonies "R" Good Enough" "The Color Purple" - Theme Song "Country" "Af Officer And A Gentleman" "The Toy" "Back To The Future" "Above The Law" "Shadow On The Sun" 'The Great Outdoors" "The Gods Must Be Crazy II" "Twins" "Everybody's All American" "Heartbreak Hotel" "Witching Hour" "Arthur On The Rocks" "Hard To Kill"
Other film projects
"Goonies" - Cyndi Lauper "The Goonies "R" Good Enough" "The Color Purple" - Theme Song "Country" "Af Officer And A Gentleman" "The Toy" "Back To The Future" "Above The Law" "Shadow On The Sun" 'The Great Outdoors" "The Gods Must Be Crazy II" "Twins" "Everybody's All American" "Heartbreak Hotel" "Witching Hour" "Arthur On The Rocks" "Hard To Kill"
As a session musician he played synthesizer on, among others, Michael Jackson's This Is It, HIStory, Thriller, Bad, "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)", Off the Wall', Dangerous, Black or White, and We Are the World; Earth, Wind & Fire's Let's Groove; Lionel Richie's Hello, You Are, Running with the Night; Dazz Band's Let It Whip; Randy Newman's The Natural and Short People; Kenny Loggins' Footloose; Barbra Streisand's Somewhere; Cheap Trick's Surrender; The Jacksons' Shake Your Body; Pointer Sisters' He's So Shy; and Diana Ross's Missing You.
|1976||I Heard That!!||Quincy Jones|||
|1976||I'll Be Good to You||The Brothers Johnson|
|1977||Roots (1977 miniseries) soundtrack||Various||Synthesizer||With Quincy Jones, performed on keyboard.|
|1977||Little Criminals||Randy Newman||named as "Mike Boddicker"|
|1977||Superman||Barbra Streisand||named as "Mike Boddicker"|
|1978||Sounds...and Stuff Like That!!||Quincy Jones||Synthesizer|||
|1978||Please Don't Keep Me Waiting||Totally Hot||Olivia Newton-John||Synthesizer|
|Dancin' 'Round and 'Round||Synthesizer|
|1979||Off The Wall||Michael Jackson|
|1979||No One Home||Lalo Schifrin|
|1981||Landslide||Physical (album)||Olivia Newton-John||Synthesizer|
|Love Make Me Strong||Synthesizer, piano, vocoder|
|Carried Away||PPG Wave 2|
|The Promise (The Dolphin Song)|
|1982||Let It Whip||Dazz Band|
|1982||You Are||Lionel Richie||Lionel Richie|
|1982||Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'||Thriller||Michael Jackson||Synthesizer, background vocals|
|Baby Be Mine||Synthesizer, background vocals|
|P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)||Emulator, vocoder|
|The Lady in My Life||Emulator|
|This Is It||Michael Jackson|
|1984||Missing You (Diana Ross song)||Diana Ross|
|1984||Penny Lover||Can't Slow Down||Lionel Richie|
|Running with the Night||Synthesizer, vocoder|
|Stuck on You|
|1985||We Are The World||USA For Africa||Synthesizer, programming||(Grammy Award Winner).|
|1985||Greatest Love Of All||Whitney Houston||Whitney Houston|||
|1985||Somewhere||The Broadway Album||Barbra Streisand||(Grammy Award Winner)|
|1986||They Don't Make Them Like They Used To||Tough Guys (movie soundtrack)||Kenny Rogers|
|1986||Dancing On The Ceiling||Lionel Richie||(Grammy Award Winner)|
|1989||Back on the Block||Back on the Block||Quincy Jones||drum machine|
|Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)||M1 pads, synth pads|
|I'll Be Good to You||Synthesizer, programming|
|The Places You Find Love||Synthesizer, programming|
|1991||Black Or White||Dangerous||Michael Jackson|
|Heal the World|
|Will You Be There|
|Keep The Faith|
|Gone Too Soon|
|1995||Earth Song||Michael Jackson|
|1995||HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I||Michael Jackson|
|1996||They Don't Care About Us||Michael Jackson|
Julio Iglesias - "Everytime I Fall" "Love Is On Our Side Again" "Hold On To You" "To All The Girls I Loved Before"
Pia Zadora - "On This Day" "What Do You Do" "Sometimes Miracles"
Angela Bofill - "Delicious" (Double Record)
Randy Newman - "Short People" "Land Of Dreams" "Four Eyes" LP "I Love L.A."/"Trouble In Paradise" LP "The Natural"
Roberta Flack- "OOH OOH OH OH (Here We Come)"
Englebert Humperdinck- "Radio Dancing" "Lady Lolita" "One & One Makes Three" "Alone In The Night" "How Do I Stop Loving You"
June Pointer - "Put Your Dream (Where Your Heart Is)"
Neil Diamond - "Baby Can I Hold You" "This Time" "Courtin' Disaster" "If I Could See You Again" "Baby It's Gonna Be" "Heart Light"
Patti LaBelle - "A Matter Of Trust" "Need A Little Faith"
Jeffrey Osborne/Dionne Warwick - "Take Good Care"
Janet Jackson - "Rhythm Nation" Long Form Video
Celine Dion - "I'm Loving Every Moment" "Love By Any Other Name" "I Feel Too Much"
Rickie Lee Jones - "Rickie Lee Jones" LP "Pirates" LP "Girl At Her Volcano" LP "The Magazine" LP "Flying Cowboys" LP
Michael Rogers - "I Got Love" "Rock Me Baby" "Soul Survivors" "Stop Stealing My Heart" "Let's Have A Good Time" "Same Old Song"
David Hasselhoff - "Looking For Freedom" "Je T'Aime" "Lonely Is The Night" "Sheltered Heart"
Music department for television
|1982–1983||St. Elsewhere||Synthesizer||22 episodes|
|1982–1985||Knight Rider||Synthesizer||43 episodes|
|1984||Night Court||Synthesizer||13 episodes|
|1985–1986||Family Ties||Synthesizer||24 episodes|
|2001||Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration (television special)||Keyboards||1 episode|
|2002–2003||Will & Grace||Synthesizer||24 episodes|
|2004–2005||The Simpsons||Synthesizer||21 episodes|
- "Grammy Award-Winning Composer Suing Michael Jackson's Estate". CBS News. 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "NAMM Oral History, Michael Boddicker". National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
- "Bob Moog Foundation Modular Legacy at NAMM: in 2015, the Michael Boddicker modular synthesizer". Bob Moog Foundation. January 20, 2015. (See also: Exhibition panel, Winter NAMM 2015 in photos, From Bob Moog to Michael Boddicker)
- Michael Boddicker profile @iowarocknroll.com Retrieved 5-19-2011.
- "Former music teacher Arlene Boddicker dies at 81". The Gazette. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "Bob Moog Foundation Modular Legacy at NAMM: in 2015, the Michael Boddicker modular synthesizer". The Bob Moog Foundation. 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "The Sounds Of Analog Synthesizers with Michael Lehmann Boddicker". The Society of Composers and Lyricists. 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "Artist Profile: Michael Boddicker". Intel Corporation. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- Hernandez, Marilyn. "Synthplex, L.A.'s First Synthesizer Festival, to Debut in March". EDM.com - Electronic Dance Music News. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- Winter Courier 2004 Archived 2008-04-14 at the Wayback Machine, p. 22, PDF. Coe College. Retrieved on 9 March 2008.
- "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- Holden, Stephen (1989-08-25). "Review/Film; Cat and Dog Are Friends In a Tale of Real Animals". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "Bulletproof". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "The Magic Egg: A Computer Odyssey". Encyclotronic. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- Maslin, Janet (1983-10-14). "'Get Crazy,' Rock". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "White Water Summer". www.nndb.com. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "F/X2". Variety. 1991-01-01. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "Starfire". collection.tiff.net. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "Theme From "Battlestar Galactica" (Long Disco Version)". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- A complete discography is available at Discogs - Michael Boddicker.
- "Quincy Jones - I Heard That!!". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "Randy Newman - Little Criminals". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "Barbra Streisand - Streisand Superman". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "Sounds...And Stuff Like That!! - Quincy Jones | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "Artisans - Michael Boddicker". Spectrasonics. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "Michael Jackson - Dangerous". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-03-02.