My Favorite Composers

by rivethead808 | created - 19 Jan 2011 | updated - 21 Jan 2011 | Public

I consider Simon Boswell #1, but being OCD I had to have a picture highlighting my list so I bumped Howard Shore up. It should be Simon, then Trevor, then Howard.

1. Howard Shore

Music_department | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Howard Shore is a Canadian composer, born in Toronto. He was born in a Jewish family. He started studying music when 8-years-old, and played as a member of bands by the time he was 13-years-old. He was interested in a professional career in music as a teenager. He studied music at the Berklee ...

Favorite Works:

1. Naked Lunch 2. The Cell 3. Dead Ringers 4. M. Butterfly 5. Videodrome

2. Simon Boswell

Soundtrack | Hobo with a Shotgun

Simon Boswell was born in London, UK on October 15th, 1956. He is a film composer with more than 90 films to his credit.

At seventeen Simon went to Pembroke College in Cambridge to study English Literature. Already an accomplished guitarist, and whilst still at college, he was signed by ...

Favorite Works:

1. Dust Devil 2. Hardware 3. Santa Sangre 4. Lord Of Illusions 5. Hackers

3. Trevor Jones

Composer | Cliffhanger

As a child in Cape Town, Trevor Jones lived opposite the Gem Cinema. The theater was so old and worn out that there was often a loss of the soundtrack, which caused him to realize its power. The fact that everyone in his family worked in film or the theater made it easy to get support in his career...

Favorite Works:

1. Dark City 2. Angel Heart 3. Labyrinth 4. From Hell 5. The Dark Crystal

4. Clint Mansell

Composer | Black Swan

Clint Mansell was born on January 7, 1963 in Coventry, West Midlands, England. He is a composer, known for Black Swan (2010), The Fountain (2006) and Requiem for a Dream (2000).

Cant wait for Source Code! Oh, and dude looks like Gerard Butler!

Favorite Works:

1. The Fountain 2. Requiem For A Dream 3. Moon 4. Suspect Zero 5. The Wrestler

5. Angelo Badalamenti

Music_department | Mulholland Dr.

Angelo Badalamenti was born on March 22, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Mulholland Dr. (2001), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and A Very Long Engagement (2004).

Favorite Works:

1. Mulholland Dr. 2. Lost Highway 3. City Of Lost Children 4. A Very Long Engagement 5. Blue Velvet

6. Hans Zimmer

Composer | Gladiator

German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to ...

Favorite Works:

1. Gladiator 2. Tears Of The Sun 3. Black Hawk Down 4. True Romance 5. The Ring

7. Mychael Danna

Composer | Life of Pi

Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. His highly awarded works include the Oscar-winning score for Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012), and his many Genie Award-winning scores for ...

Favorite Works:

1. 8mm 2. Felicia's Journey 3. Girl, Interrupted 4. Hearts In Atlantis 5. Fracture

8. Philip Glass

Composer | The Hours

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Glass worked in his father's radio store and discovered music listening to the offbeat Western classical records customers didn't seem to want. He studied the violin and flute, and obtained early admission to the University of Chicago. After graduating in mathematics ...

Favorite Works:

1. Koyanisqaatsi 2. Candyman 3. Powaqaatsi

9. Craig Armstrong

Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!

Craig Armstrong, born in Glasgow, 1959. Studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1977 to 1981.

From his base in Glasgow he has written for film, classical commissions and solo recordings. He has composed for Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, The Quiet...

Favorite Works:

1. Plunkett & Macleane 2. Kiss Of The Dragon 3. Best Laid Plans (havent seen the film - own the score)

10. Tangerine Dream

Composer | Legend

The pioneering German collective Tangerine Dream has been delivering their distinctive style of ambient music for nearly three decades, laying down a foundation of sound textures and sonic imagery that has influenced many of today's electronic musicians. Founded in 1967 by fine art aficinado Edgar ...

Favorite Works:

1. The Keep