Paul Haslinger

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Paul Haslinger
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Background information
Born (1962-12-11) 11 December 1962 (age 52)
Linz, Upper Austria, Austria
Occupation(s) Composer, music producer
Associated acts Tangerine Dream

Paul Haslinger (born 11 December 1962) is an Austrian-born composer and music producer currently based in Los Angeles, California.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Paul Haslinger was born and raised in Linz, Austria. He attended high school at Kollegium Aloisianum, a Jesuit school near Linz. After graduating, he decided to pursue music professionally and studied at both the Vienna’s Academy of Music and the University of Vienna. During this time he developed a career as a session player in Vienna and performed with local bands and artists.

Tangerine Dream (1985 - 1990)[edit]

In 1985, Haslinger joined the German electronic music group Tangerine Dream. During his 5 years with the group, he recorded a total of 15 albums, participated in 4 international tours, and collaborated on a number of soundtracks including Miracle Mile, Near Dark, Shy People and Miramar’s Canyon Dreams directed by Jan Nickman. The soundtrack for Canyon Dreams earned Haslinger his first Grammy nomination in 1991.

Solo Work in Music[edit]

In 1991, Haslinger left Tangerine Dream and relocated to Los Angeles. At the time, he was signed to Private Music. While under contract, he worked on a joint project with Peter Baumann, called Blue Room (unreleased). In 1994 Haslinger released his first solo record, Future Primitive (Wildcat), followed by World Without Rules (1996, RGB) and Score (1999, RGB).


Through the 1990s, Haslinger collaborated on a number of projects with a variety of artists, among them: French Electronic band Lightwave, dark-ambient icon Brian Williams, aka Lustmord, singers Anna Homler & Nona Hendryx, as well as Jon Hassell. In 1998, Haslinger was asked to join the team around film composer Graeme Revell. He worked as a music programmer and arranger on films such as Chinese Box (1999), The Negotiator (1998), The Siege (1998), Pitch Black (2000), Blow (2001), and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Haslinger has always favored a collaborative approach to film scoring, and has worked with many studio musicians and performers, such asSteve Tavaglione, George Doering, Greg Ellis, Diego Stocco, Charlie Campagna. In recent years he also started returning to some of his earlier work in experimental music, collaborating with Christian Fennesz and other artists related to British Avantgarde label Touch.

Music for Film[edit]

Haslinger’s first solo feature film credit came with Crazy/Beautiful, his second collaboration with director John Stockwell. They continued to work together on projects including Blue Crush, Into the Blue, Turistas, and In The Blood. Haslinger has provided scores to several indie and studio features including The Girl Next Door, Crank, Turistas, Shoot 'Em Up, Death Race, Takers, The Three Musketeers, and Mysteries of the Unseen World to name a few.

In 2003, Haslinger scored his first film to open at No.1 spot in the U.S. box office, Underworld, directed by Len Wiseman. He returned to the popular franchise, scoring both Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Underworld: Awakening. Haslinger’s most popular track "Eternity and a Day" has been used repeatedly throughout the franchise and the score to Underworld: Awakening received a 2012 BMI Film Music Award.

Music for Television[edit]

Haslinger’s first solo composer credit came in 2000 with the HBO Films television movie, Cheaters, which began his relationship with director John Stockwell. Taking a break from film scoring, he returned to television from 2005-2006 to score Showtime’s Golden Globe nominated series Sleeper Cell which resulted in Haslinger’s first Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special. In 2014, Haslinger was hired to score the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire. The show is set in the 80’s and has received much critical acclaim for its use of period-specific music. Expanding his work with AMC, in 2015 Haslinger was asked, to write the music for AMC’s spin-off series to The Walking Dead, entitled Fear The Walking Dead. The show became the highest rated season premiere in US cable history and has been renewed for a second season.

Music for Video Games[edit]

In 2005, Haslinger was approached by Ubisoft to score the video game Far Cry Instincts. Since then, he has scored a string of game releases, including Rainbow Six Vegas, Wolverine, Need for Speed. Most recently he collaborated with Ben Frost on the score for the latest installment in the Rainbow Six series, entitled Siege. The game will be released Dec 1st, 2015.

Current Projects[edit]

Haslinger is currently working on AMC's Fear the Walking Dead (2015) from producers David Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) and Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), now entering its second season. He also continues work on Halt and Catch Fire, now renewed for its third season. He is engaged in several collaboration projects, with Icelandic filmmakers Snorri Bros, as well as experimental musician Fennesz.

Catalogue of Work[edit]


Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2014 No Good Deed Sam Miller Screen Gems [1]
In The Blood John Stockwell Anchor Bay Films Soundtrack available from MovieScore Media[2]
2013 Mysteries of the Unseen World Louis Schwartzberg National Geographic Cinema
Day's End Pictures
Released on IMAX[3]
2012 Underworld: Awakening Mans Marlind
Bjorn Stein
Screen Gems Fourth in the Underworld film series.
Soundtrack available from Lakeshore Records.
Received BMI Film Music Award for score.[4]
2011 The Three Musketeers Paul W.S. Anderson Constantin Film Produktion, Summit Entertainment Soundtrack available from Milan Records[5]
2010 Death Race 2 Roel Reine Moonlighting Films
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Takers John Luessenhop Screen Gems Soundtrack available from Screen Gems
2009 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Patrick Tatopoulos Sketch Films, Screen Gems Soundtrack available from Screen Gems
After.Life Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo Lleju Productions, Anchor Bay Films With Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci
2008 While She Was Out Susan Montford Insight Film Studios, Anchor Bay Films Soundtrack available from Lakeshore Records
Make It Happen Darren Grand The Mayhem Project, The Weinstein Company
Death Race Paul W.S. Anderson Universal Pictures Soundtrack available from Intrada
Prom Night Nelson McCormick Alliance Films, Screen Gems
The Fifth Commandment Jesse V. Johnson Freestyle Releasing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
2007 Shoot 'Em Up Michael Davis New Line Cinema Soundtrack available from Varese Sarabande, Universal Music Group
Gardener of Eden Kevin Connolly The 7th Floor, Appian Way, Virtual Studios,
Initial Entertainment Group, Gardener of Eden Productions
Vacancy Nimrod Antal Screen Gems Soundtrack available from Commotion
2006 Turistas John Stockwell Fox Atomic Soundtrack from Fox Music
Crank Mark Neveldine
Brian Taylor
Lakeshore Entertainment, Lions Gate Films Soundtrack available on Lakeshore Records
2005 Into the Blue John Stockwell Columbia Pictures, Mandalay Pictures,
Sony Pictures Releasing, MGM
2004 The Girl Next Door Luke Greenfield New Regency Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Soundtrack available on Lakeshore Records
Bring It On Again Damon Santostefano Universal Pictures
2003 Underworld Len Wiseman Lakeshore Entertainment, Screen Gems Soundtrack available on Lakeshore Records
2002 Blue Crush John Stockwell Universal Pictures Soundtrack available from Virgin Records
2001 Crazy/Beautiful John Stockwell Buena Vista Pictures Soundtrack available from Hollywood Records
Picture Claire Bruce McDonald Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Production,
Seredipity Point Films
Soundtrack available from EMI Music Canada
1999 Infinity's Child Jan Nickman Animated Short Film[6]
The Story of Computer Graphics Frank Foster Association for Computing Machinery
1997 Planetary Traveler Jan Nickman Animated Short Film, Soundtrack available from Third Planet Entertainment


Year Title Producer(s) Network Notes
2015 Fear the Walking Dead Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman AMC (TV channel) Season One Premiered August 29, 2015
2014 Halt and Catch Fire Jonathan Lisco, Melissa Bernstein AMC Season Premiere June 1, 2014[7]
2012 Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Voltage Pictures, The Weinstein Company, National Geographic Channel NatGeo Directed by John Stockwell
Television Movie
2005 2006 Sleeper Cell Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris Showtime Soundtrack available from Rhythmbank Entertainment
2000 Cheaters Kevin Reidy, Gloria Jean Sykes HBO Directed by John Stockwell
Television Movie
1994 Pointman Robert Ellis Miller Prime Time Entertainment Television Movie

Video games[edit]

Year Title Director Production Company
2015 Rainbow Six Siege Ubisoft Entertainment
2010 Need for Speed: World Clay Jensen Electronic Arts
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Margaret Tang Amaze Entertainment, Activision Blizzard
2008 Need For Speed: Undercover Joseph A. Hodges Electronic Arts Blackbox
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 David Jankowski, David Moodie Ubisoft Entertainment
2006 Rainbow Six: Vegas David Moodie Ubisoft Entertainment
Far Cry Instincts: Evolution Ubisoft Entertainment
2005 Far Cry Instincts Ubisoft Entertainment


Year Title Label
1999 Score RGB/Hearts of Space Records
1996 World Without Rules RGB
1994 Future Primitive Wildcat Recording Corporation
As Coma Virus
1997 Hidden Side Effects

With Tangerine Dream[edit]

Programmer for Graeme Revell[edit]

With Lightwave[edit]

  • Bleue Comme Une Orange (2004)
  • Caryotype (2002)
  • A Collection (Promo CD - 1999)
  • Mundus Subterraneus (1995)
  • Made to Measure (Cassette tape - 1994)
  • Tycho Brahe (1993)
  • Structure Trilogy (Cassette tape - 1991)


  • BMI Film Music Award - Underworld: Awakening (2012)
  • BMI Film Music Award - Takers (2011)
  • Emmy Nomination - Sleeper Cell (2006)
  • Grammy Nomination (w/ Tangerine Dream) - Canyon Dreams (1991)


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