Stephen Deutsch

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Stephen Deutsch
Born (1946-06-30) June 30, 1946 (age 73)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
GenresElectronic music
Occupation(s)Film score composer
Years active1976–present
Associated actsPeter Barnes

Stephen Deutsch (June 30, 1946) is an American film score composer who has composed over 30 scores for film, theatre, radio and television. His many collaborations with the playwright Peter Barnes include Jubilee (2001), the Olivier Award-winning play Red Noses (1985) and the feature film Hard Times (1994). He has significant expertise in the fields of electronic music (including sampling and synthesis), 20th Century music techniques, the composer in the marketplace, and issues relating to film, television, broadcasting and related subjects.


Deutsch has had his concert music performed by eminent artists, including the Medici Quartet, David Campbell, The Gaudier Ensemble, Andrew Ball, The London Mozart Players and many others.

He has also been active os a sound designer/composer on two films, "Wild South" and "Postcards from, Applecross", which he also directed.

He has published one novel about music: "Zweck"

He was editor of "The Soundtrack" and "The New Soundtrack" journals from 2007-2018

Prof. Deutsch was educated initially in the United States (initial training - Juilliard Preparatory Division; BMus - SMU; MA - San Francisco State College). After settling in Britain he attended the Royal College of Music where he was engaged in electro-acoustic composition under the direction of Tristram Cary. In 1971 he and two partners established Synthesizer Music Services, Ltd., an electro-acoustic studio in London.

At Bournemouth University, he is Professor of Post-Production. In 1992 he founded the University's PGDip/M.A. in Electro-Acoustic Music for Film and Television (Later called Composing for the Screen). This course, which was the first of its kind in Europe, was designed to equip postgraduate professional composers with the skills necessary to engage in writing music for film, television, radio, and other multi-media packages. He was also Senior Tutor in Screen Composition at the National Film and Television School.

Within both institutions he has trained over 60 composers, some of whom have since provided music for feature films, theatre, television and computer games.


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