Brian Tyler (composer)
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Brian Tyler Composer

Brian Tyler
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Tyler in 2011
Brian Theodore Tyler

(1972-05-08) May 8, 1972 (age 47)[1]
Alma mater
Years active1997-present
Musical career

Brian Theodore Tyler (born May 8, 1972) is an American composer, musician, conductor, arranger, and producer, known for his film, television, and video game scores. Tyler scored Eagle Eye, The Expendables trilogy, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron with Danny Elfman, Now You See Me, and Crazy Rich Asians, among others. He also re-arranged the current fanfare of the Universal Pictures logo that was originally composed by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, the updated Marvel Studios logo, which debuted with Thor: The Dark World (2013), as well as the NFL Theme for ESPN, the Formula One theme and five installments of The Fast and the Furious franchise.[2] For his work as a film composer, he has won the IFMCA Awards 2014 Composer of the Year.

His composition for the film Last Call earned him the first of three Emmy nominations, a gold record, and was inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[3] As of November 2017, his films have grossed $12 billion worldwide which puts him in to the top 10 highest-grossing film composers of all time in the category of worldwide box office.[4] Tyler has scored 3 of the top 10 films of all time in global box office.

Life and career

Tyler was born and raised in Orange County, California. His grandfather was Academy Award-winning art director Walter H. Tyler. One of his first major influences was his pianist grandmother.[5] He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master's from Harvard University.[6] Growing up, he taught himself to play at least 30 different types of musical instruments, including drums, piano, guitar, bass, cello, world percussion, synthesizer, charango and bouzouki.[7]

Tyler began scoring features shortly after graduating from Harvard. Robert Kraft, who was impressed by Tyler's music, encouraged him to pursue a career in film scoring. He began his career by composing the film score for the independent film Bartender (1997), directed by Gabe Torres. The following year, he and Red Elvises composed the film score for Six-String Samurai (1998).[8]

Tyler's breakthrough came in 1995, after composing for Frailty (2001). His work on Last Call (2002) earned him an induction into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[3]William Friedkin, after being impressed by his work on Frailty, called Tyler in to begin composing for The Hunted (2003), which went on to earn Tyler a World Soundtrack Award in 2002 for Best New Film Composer of the Year. Starting in 2003, he began working on big-budget films, including Timeline (2003), Godsend (2004), The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005), and Constantine (2005).[9] His score for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) hit No. 1 on the iTunes soundtrack sales charts, while his soundtrack for Children of Dune reached No. 4 on the album charts.[]. His cues for Children of Dune were used in multiple other theatrical film trailers, including Master and Commander (2003), Sahara (2005), Cinderella Man (2005), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), and Star Trek (2009).[10] The track "Summon the Worms" was used as a leader for the Dutch show Peking Express, and in the first leaked promotional reel for The Golden Compass (2007).[11]

In 2007, he was hired to compose for Partition (2007), where he had to integrate Indian and Middle Eastern music with orchestral writing. He conducted the orchestral portion of the score with the Hollywood Studio Symphony in Los Angeles.[12]

On September 5, 2011, Tyler announced that he was currently in talks for scoring the 2011 remake of Highlander, as well as pilot episodes for the animated series Transformers: Prime.[13] He went on to score four episodes of the series.

In 2012, Tyler also scored a new version of the fanfare of the Universal Pictures logo, originally composed by Jerry Goldsmith, coinciding with the celebration of the studio's 100th anniversary. The new score added elements such as a choir, a bigger emphasis on the movement of the music underneath and a drum cadence at the end.[14]

In addition to working as a composer, Tyler also wrote and produced the song "Shell Shocked" with Kill the Noise, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla Sign, Juicy J and Moxie that was released in the summer of 2014 under his artist name Madsonik. The track went on to peak at No. 2 on the iTunes hip-hop singles charts and has sold over 500,000 copies.

On October 12, 2016, he was hired to write and compose the musical score for the 2017 action-adventure film XXX: Return of Xander Cage.[15] He has also contributed to the soundtrack by his stage name Madsonik in a collaboration with Tom Morello and Kill The Noise entitled "Divebomb".[16]

On March 2, 2018, he announced on Twitter[17] that he had been hired by Formula One to write a brand new theme that was released on March 23.[18] In August 2018, a 27-track soundtrack composed by Tyler for the cable TV series Yellowstone was issued on August 17, 2018 in CD format and for mp3 download on Amazon.[19]



Year Title Director Notes
1997 Bartender Gabe Torres N/A
1998 Six-String Samurai Lance Mungia Composed with Red Elvises
1999 The Settlement Mark Steilen N/A
The 4th Floor Josh Klausner N/A
Simon Sez Kevin Alyn Elders N/A
2000 Panic Henry Bromell N/A
Shadow Hours Isaac H. Eaton N/A
Four Dogs Playing Poker Paul Rachman N/A
Terror Tract Lance W. Dreesen
Clint Hutchison
2001 Plan B Greg Yaitanes N/A
Frailty Bill Paxton First collaboration with Bill Paxton
Nominated- Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Score
Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film
2002 Bubba Ho-tep Don Coscarelli N/A
Vampires: Los Muertos Tommy Lee Wallace N/A
2003 Darkness Falls Jonathan Liebesman First collaboration with Jonathan Liebesman
The Hunted William Friedkin First collaboration with William Friedkin
The Big Empty Steve Anderson N/A
Timeline Richard Donner Replaced Jerry Goldsmith
2004 The Final Cut Omar Naim Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film
Godsend Nick Hamm N/A
Perfect Opposites Matt Cooper N/A
Paparazzi Paul Abascal N/A
2005 Constantine Francis Lawrence Composed with Klaus Badelt

Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film

The Greatest Game Ever Played Bill Paxton Second collaboration with Bill Paxton
2006 Annapolis Justin Lin First collaboration with Justin Lin
Bug William Friedkin Second collaboration with William Friedkin
The Fast and the Furious:
Tokyo Drift
Justin Lin Second collaboration with Justin Lin
2007 Finishing the Game Third collaboration with Justin Lin
Partition Vic Sarin N/A
War Philip Atwell N/A
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem The Brothers Strause "Alien" themes by James Horner & John Frizzell and "Predator" themes by Alan Silvestri
2008 Rambo Sylvester Stallone Themes by Jerry Goldsmith
Bangkok Dangerous Pang Brothers N/A
Eagle Eye D. J. Caruso N/A
The Lazarus Project John Patrick Glenn N/A
2009 The Killing Room Jonathan Liebesman Third collaboration with Jonathan Liebesman
Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film
Dragonball Evolution James Wong N/A
Fast & Furious Justin Lin Fourth collaboration with Justin Lin
The Final Destination David R. Ellis Themes by Shirley Walker
Middle Men George Gallo N/A
Law Abiding Citizen F. Gary Gray First collaboration with F. Gary Gray
2010 The Expendables Sylvester Stallone BMI Film Music Award
2011 Battle: Los Angeles Jonathan Liebesman
Fast Five Justin Lin
Final Destination 5 Steven Quale N/A
2012 John Dies at the End Don Coscarelli N/A
Columbus Circle George Gallo N/A
Brake Gabe Torres N/A
The Expendables 2 Simon West BMI Film Music Award
2013 Iron Man 3 Shane Black BMI Film Music Award
Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Music
Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure Film
Standing Up D. J. Caruso N/A
Now You See Me Louis Leterrier Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Music
Thor: The Dark World Alan Taylor Themes by Patrick Doyle
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jonathan Liebesman N/A
Into the Storm Steven Quale N/A
The Expendables 3 Patrick Hughes N/A
2015 Furious 7 James Wan N/A
Avengers: Age of Ultron Joss Whedon Composed with Danny Elfman
Themes by Alan Silvestri

BMI Film Music Award
Nominated- Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score in a Sci-Fi Film

The Disappointments Room D. J. Caruso N/A
Truth James Vanderbilt N/A
2016 Criminal Ariel Vromen Composed with Keith Powers
Now You See Me 2 Jon M. Chu N/A
2017 XXX: Return of Xander Cage D. J. Caruso Composed with Robert Lydecker
Power Rangers Dean Israelite N/A
The Fate of the Furious F. Gary Gray N/A
The Mummy Alex Kurtzman N/A
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Jon M. Chu Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Comedy Film
2019 Escape Room Adam Robitel Composed with John Carey
What Men Want Adam Shankman N/A
Five Feet Apart Justin Baldoni Composed with Breton Vivian
Ready or Not Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Tyler Gillett
Rambo: Last Blood Adrian Grunberg Themes by Jerry Goldsmith
Charlie's Angels Elizabeth Banks Main title theme by Jack Elliott and Allyn Ferguson
2020 Fast & Furious 9 Justin Lin N/A
TBA Those Who Wish Me Dead Taylor Sheridan N/A

Short films

Year Title Director Notes
2001 Offside Leanna Creel
2003 Last Stand Gabe Torres
2005 Clair obscur Benjamin Charles-Lemaire
2011 Tattoo Bill Paxton
2014 All Hail the King Drew Pearce Composed with Mike Post

Television film

Television series

Year Title Notes
1997 Jenny 17 episodes
1998 Living in Captivity 8 episodes
2000 Level 9 13 episodes
2001 The Education of Max Bickford 22 episodes
2003 Frank Herbert's Children of Dune 3 episodes
Star Trek: Enterprise Episodes "Canamar" and "Regeneration"
2007 Fear Itself Episode: "The Sacrifice"
2010 Hawaii Five-0 84 episodes
2010-13 Transformers: Prime 66 episodes

Nominated- Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

2011 Terra Nova 13 episodes
2013-17 Sleepy Hollow 36 episodes

Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

2014-18 Scorpion 66 episodes
2018 Yellowstone 9 episodes
2019 Swamp Thing 10 episodes, show cancelled after 1 episode

Television sports

Year Title Notes
March 2018 - Present Formula One Official theme tune for Formula One

Video games

Awards and nominations


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