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Paul Haslinger

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Paul Haslinger
Background information
Born (1962-12-11) 11 December 1962 (age 61)
Linz, Upper Austria, Austria
GenresFilm score, video game score, electronic, ambient
Occupation(s)Composer, music producer
Instrument(s)Piano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar

Paul Haslinger (born 11 December 1962) is an Austrian musician and composer. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

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 (1986–1991)[edit]

In 1986, 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 as Steve 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, among others.

In 2003, Haslinger scored his first film to open at number 1 at 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. Haslinger composed the music for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and in theaters in 2017. A Resident Evil Soundtrack will be released in conjunction with the film.

In November 2009, Haslinger was hired to compose a new score for The Wolfman, replacing Danny Elfman.[1] However, the studio reverted to Elfman's previously completed score a month before the film's release after finding Haslinger's electronic-based score unsuitable.[2]

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 1980s and has received much critical acclaim for its use of period-specific music. A Halt and Catch Fire soundtrack was released by Lakeshore Records in 2016. 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.

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.



Year Title Director Notes
1997 Planetary Traveler Jan Nickman Animated Short film
1999 Infinity's Child [3]
The Story of Computer Graphics Frank Foster
2001 Picture Claire Bruce McDonald
Crazy/Beautiful John Stockwell
2002 Blue Crush
2003 Underworld Len Wiseman
2004 Bring It On Again Damon Santostefano
The Girl Next Door Luke Greenfield
2005 Into the Blue John Stockwell
2006 Crank Mark Neveldine
Brian Taylor
Turistas John Stockwell
2007 Vacancy Nimród Antal
Gardener of Eden Kevin Connolly
Shoot 'Em Up Michael Davis
2008 The Fifth Commandment Jesse V. Johnson
Prom Night Nelson McCormick
Death Race Paul W. S. Anderson
Make It Happen Darren Grant
While She Was Out Susan Montford
2009 After.Life Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Patrick Tatopoulos
2010 Takers John Luessenhop
Death Race 2 Roel Reiné
2011 The Three Musketeers Paul W. S. Anderson
2012 Underworld: Awakening Måns Mårlind
Bjorn Stein
2013 Mysteries of the Unseen World Louis Schwartzberg Released on IMAX[4]
2014 In the Blood John Stockwell
No Good Deed Sam Miller
2016 Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Paul W. S. Anderson
2018 Wildling Fritz Böhm
The Perfection Richard Shepard
2020 Monster Hunter Paul W. S. Anderson


Year Title Notes
1994 Pointman Television film
2000 Cheaters Television film
2005–2006 Sleeper Cell
2012 Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Television film
2015–2017 Fear the Walking Dead
2014–2017 Halt and Catch Fire
2020 Paradise Lost
2021 The Irregulars

Video games[edit]

Year Title
2005 Far Cry Instincts
2006 Far Cry Instincts: Evolution
Rainbow Six: Vegas
2008 Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
Need For Speed: Undercover
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine
2015 Rainbow Six Siege

Solo projects[edit]

Year Title Label
Coma Virus
1997 Hidden Side Effects
1994 Future Primitive Wildcat Recording Corporation
1996 World Without Rules RGB
1999 Score RGB/Hearts of Space Records
2020 Exit Ghost Artificial Instinct
2021 Exit Ghost II

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 Brahé (1993)
  • Structure Trilogy (Cassette tape - 1991)


  • BMI Television Music Award -"Fear The Walking Dead" (2016)
  • 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)


  1. ^ G, Rob (November 9, 2009). "New Composer in for The Wolfman". Comingsoon.net. Archived from the original on September 15, 2020. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  2. ^ Miller, Ross (January 20, 2010). "Danny Elfman's 'Wolfman' Score Brought Back Into Play". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on September 15, 2020. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "About". Infinity's Child.
  4. ^ "Mysteries of the Unseen World". National Geographic. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Tangerine Dream – Rockface (2003, CD)". Discogs. 2003.

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