Steve Jablonsky

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Steve Jablonsky
Jablonsky at the premiere of Ender's Game.jpg
Jablonsky at the premiere of Ender's Game (2013).
Background information
Born (1970-10-09) October 9, 1970 (age 45)
Genres Film score, video game score, Epic music, post-rock, alternative rock, electronic, classical
Occupation(s) Film composer, video game composer
Instruments Piano, guitar, percussion
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts Remote Control Productions, Hans Zimmer, Trevor Rabin, Harry Gregson-Williams, Trevor Morris, Linkin Park, Explosions in the Sky, Imagine Dragons

Steve Jablonsky (born October 9, 1970) is an American composer for film, television and video game, best known for his musical scores in the Transformers film series.[1] Some of his frequent collaboration partners include film director Michael Bay and Peter Berg and composer Hans Zimmer.

Early life[edit]

Jablonsky went to University of California, Berkeley for college. He studied computer science at the beginning, but switched to music composition a year later.[2] After graduation, he became an intern at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions. During that time, Jablonsky met Harry Gregson-Williams, a fellow composer of Zimmer, and started working as his assistant. Later he became more engaged with Zimmer and started composing for renowned works like Desperate Housewives and the Transformers film series.[3]


Jablonsky has composed the soundtracks to the films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Steamboy (2004), The Island (2005), Transformers (2007), D-War (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Battleship (2012), Ender's Game (2013) (replacing renowned film composer James Horner), and Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014). He was also a contributor on Team America: World Police (2004) among many others. In addition, he helped compose some of the music to the video game Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and composed the theme music for BBC's Seven Wonders of the Industrial World in 2003. He also has written music for the television show Desperate Housewives (2004 - 2012) since the fourth episode. His track "Trailblazing" served as the opening theme for WrestleMania X8 and WrestleMania XIX, as well at the soundtrack to the TNA Hall of Fame induction of Sting.

Jablonsky also wrote the music for Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, taking the place of the former Command & Conquer music composer Frank Klepacki, who was unable to write the game's score due to his involvement with Universe at War: Earth Assault.

Jablonsky has worked for Harry Gregson-Williams at Media Ventures, the music production company which was conceived and founded by Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer, for seven years. His most recent projects include the scores for the South Korean film D-War, Gears of War 3 for the Xbox 360 gaming console, and music for The Sims 3.

Currently, Jablonsky is employed at Zimmer's studio, Remote Control Productions, having been mentored by the companies members Zimmer and Nick Glennie-Smith, as well as former members Harry Gregson-Williams and Klaus Badelt.

In February 2015, Jablonsky was hired to compose the score for the film The Last Witch Hunter.[4] He is also set to compose the soundtrack for the upcoming 2016 Peter Berg film Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell.



Year Film Director Additional Music Studio / Developer Notes
2001 Pearl Harbor Michael Bay Touchstone Pictures Additional music only
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Kelly Asbury
Lorna Cook
DreamWorks Pictures Additional music only
2003 Tears of the Sun Antoine Fuqua
Columbia Pictures Additional music only
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
2003 Bad Boys II Michael Bay Columbia Pictures Additional score only
Score composed by Trevor Rabin
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Marcus Nispel N/A New Line Cinema N/A
2004 Steamboy Katsuhiro Otomo N/A Sony Pictures Entertainment N/A
2004 Team America: World Police Trey Parker
  • Toby Chu
  • Jeff Faustman
  • Damien Kaiser
  • James McKee Smith
Paramount Pictures Additional music only (Uncredited)
2005 The Amityville Horror Andrew Douglas
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
2005 The Island Michael Bay Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Jonathan Liebesman Jay Flood New Line Cinema N/A
2007 Transformers Michael Bay
Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
2007 D-War Shim Hyung-rae Jay Flood Showbox N/A
2007 The Hitcher Dave Meyers
  • Clay Duncan
  • Jay Flood
  • Joel J. Richard
  • Pieter A. Schlosser
Rogue Pictures Incidental music by Holeg Spies
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Michael Bay
  • Ryeland Allison
  • Lorne Balfe
  • Clay Duncan
  • Jay Flood
  • Tom Gire
  • Linkin Park
  • Matthew Margeson
  • William J Parker
  • John Sponsler
  • Hans Zimmer
Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Featuring Linkin Park
2009 Friday the 13th Marcus Nispel
  • Clay Duncan
  • Jay Flood
  • Pieter A. Schlosser
  • Jed Smith
New Line Cinema
Paramount Pictures
2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street Samuel Bayer Jay Flood New Line Cinema N/A
2011 Your Highness David Gordon Green N/A Universal Pictures N/A
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Michael Bay
  • Andrew Kawczynski
  • Jacob Shea
Paramount Pictures N/A
2012 Battleship Peter Berg Jacob Shea Universal Pictures N/A
2013 Gangster Squad Ruben Fleischer N/A Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2013 Pain & Gain Michael Bay Clay Duncan Paramount Pictures N/A
2013 Ender's Game Gavin Hood Jacob Shea Summit Entertainment N/A
2013 Lone Survivor Peter Berg
  • Clay Duncan
  • Jacob Shea
Universal Pictures Composed with Explosions in the Sky
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Michael Bay Paramount Pictures N/A
2015 The Last Witch Hunter Breck Eisner Gary Dworetsky Lionsgate Entertainment N/A
2016 Keanu Peter Atencio N/A Warner Bros. Pictures Composed with Nathan Whitehead
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Dave Green Gary Dworetsty David Fleming

Jay Flood Corey Jackson

Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
2016 Deepwater Horizon Peter Berg N/A Summit Entertainment N/A
2016 Patriots' Day Peter Berg N/A Lionsgate N/A
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Michael Bay N/A Paramount Pictures N/A


Year Title[5] TV Channel Notes
2002 AFP - American Fighter Pilot
2002 Live From Baghdad CNN
2002 National Geographic Explorer National Geographic Channel Episode: Lost Subs: Disaster at Sea
2003 Seven Wonders Of The Industrial World BBC 7 episodes
2003 Threat Matrix ABC 3 episodes
2004—2012 Desperate Housewives ABC 157 episodes
2005 The Contender NBC
2005 Threshold CBS
2006 Him And Us
2009 WWII in HD History Only composed "Trailblazing"
2011 Vietnam in HD History Only composed "Trailblazing"
2013 Occult Television film
2014 The Last Ship TNT Season 1

Video games[edit]

Year Title Awards/Nominations Notes
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty E3 Best Original Score Additional music only
Music composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and Norihiko Hibino
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Composed with Trevor Morris
Transformers: The Game
2008 Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath Composed with Trevor Morris
Expansion pack
Gears of War 2
2009 The Sims 3
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
2010 Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Promo music on bonus DVD
2011 Gears of War 3
2013 Gears of War: Judgment


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Michael Bay's 'Transformers' Composer Steve Jablonsky Talks Making Music For Movies, TV, Video Games And More!". Mstarz. 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  3. ^ Newman, Melinda (2014-06-26). "Composer Steve Jablonsky on Transformers: Age of Extinction: This was the craziest film of all". Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Steve Jablonsky to Score ‘The Last Witch Hunter’.". February 12, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Steve Jablonsky". Retrieved 2016-01-25. 

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