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Rising Star or One-Hit Wonder?

Mastadge
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Felix Milbrecht
Rising Star or One-Hit Wonder?   Tuesday, May 11, 2004 (1:37 p.m.) 

So, last year Brian Tyler burst onto the scene with three Varese releases one on top of the other, among them critically and popularly acclaimed CHILDREN OF DUNE. My question: Is he a talented young composer who's continuing to mature and from whom we can expect great things, or he is a relatively mediocre composer who got lucky with an early hit and is now cruising along on the strength of that alone? I mean, I've seen some people saying that in a few years he'll be ranked among Goldsmith, Williams and Horner, and others quite dismissive of his work as a whole. I haven't heard Timeline or Godsend yet, but while I quite enjoy his earlier work, particularly CoD, Frailty and some of The Hunted, I can't say anything of his has blown me away. What does anyone else think?

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Mastadge
Re: Rising Star or One-Hit Wonder?   Wednesday, May 12, 2004 (12:42 p.m.) 

> So, last year Brian Tyler burst onto the scene with three Varese releases
> one on top of the other, among them critically and popularly acclaimed
> CHILDREN OF DUNE. My question: Is he a talented young composer who's
> continuing to mature and from whom we can expect great things, or he is a
> relatively mediocre composer who got lucky with an early hit and is now
> cruising along on the strength of that alone? I mean, I've seen some
> people saying that in a few years he'll be ranked among Goldsmith,
> Williams and Horner, and others quite dismissive of his work as a whole. I
> haven't heard Timeline or Godsend yet, but while I quite enjoy his earlier
> work, particularly CoD, Frailty and some of The Hunted, I can't say
> anything of his has blown me away. What does anyone else think?

Definitely checkout Brian's replacement score to Timeline.
He is definitely capable of writing good music. I like Godsend despite its
slow and sappy parts. But like every other composer Brian isn't perfect.
I do wish he gets attached to good film sometime in the future.

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Mastadge
Re: Rising Star or One-Hit Wonder?   Saturday, May 15, 2004 (2:16 p.m.) 

Although I feel its hard to make predictions about whether someone is indowed with the potential for greatness, Mr. Tyler, who has greatness in his blood, may just live up to his hype. What impresses me the most about him is his confidence. With so little experience he swept in, gave it his best, and produced some pretty good scores. Give this man some time to learn, grow, experiment, and gain some experience, and I feel he'll be at least a big name in the business. Here's some information about him from his website for all who are interested:

Brian Tyler received his bachelor's degree from UCLA and his master's degree from Harvard University. His love of film was greatly inspired by his Academy Award winning art director grandfather Walter Tyler who was one of the most nominated art directors of all time with 10 Academy Award nominations. As for music, he began composing at an early age and was performing his own concert pieces around the United States and Russia by his mid-teens. Tyler continued playing piano, classical percussion, guitar, bass, and drums in various orchestras, music ensembles, choirs, and bands all the way up to 1997 when he decided to enter the world of film scoring.

Tyler's latest film is the action-drama The Hunted directed by Academy Award winning director William Friedkin (director of The Exorcist and The French Connection) for Paramount Pictures starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro. Other recent projects include Darkness Falls (formerly Don't Peek) for Revolution Studios, and the Sci-Fi Channel's epic production Children Of Dune, for which Brian producing a best selling soundtrack album available on Varese Sarabande.

In 2003, Brian scored three films: Paramount Picture's Timeline, directed by Richard Donner and based on the book by Michael Crichton, The Big Empty starring Jon Favreau, Kelsey Grammer and Rachael Leigh Cook and The Immortals for Universal and Darkness Falls director Jonathan Liebesman.

Brian has composed 30 scores in the last 5 years, and has been awarded with Cinemusic's "Best New Film Composer of the Year" (2001) and a 2002 Emmy "Best Score" nomination for The Last Call.

Also in 2001, Tyler scored Frailty starring Matthew McConaughey. Director Bill Paxton said of Tyler, "I am deeply indebted to Brian for his contribution and commitment to excellence for creating this haunting, suspenseful and provocative score." Cinemusic called Brian's score "a classy, dark and gorgeous" and Roger Ebert called Frailty "one of the best films of 2002."

Tyler also scored Henry Bromell's Last Call starring Jeremy Irons, Sissy Spacek , and Neve Campbell which chronicles the last days of F. Scott Fitzgerald with a moody noir score. A change of pace for Tyler came earlier the same year in the form of the romantic comedy A Piece of My Heart starring Piper Perabo, Jennifer Tilly, and Joe Pantoliano.

While Tyler is an award winning classical conductor, composer, and orchestrator, he also is a songwriter signed with Sony Music. His modern rock, pop, electronica, and hip-hop songs have become popular addition to the Sony Music catalog. Tyler's music was featured in the 2001 summer hit The Fast and the Furious.

Tyler also composed the modern orchestral score for Artisan Entertainment's highly regarded thriller Panic starring William H. Macy, Neve Campbell, and Donald Sutherland for director Henry Bromell. Roger Ebert heralded the film as "one of the 10 best films of the year." Both Bromell and Tyler were subsequently invited by Ebert to be interviewed for his documentary on the most overlooked movies of all time.

Shortly after scoring Panic, Tyler composed the score to the comedy Plan B starring Diane Keaton, Paul Sorvino, and Natasha Lyonne. Its music echoes the days of jazz and noir scores of the 1950s and was directed by Greg Yaitanes.

Tyler also scored Columbia Picture's John Carpenter's: Los Muertos, Jane Doe for producer Joel Silver and USA Films, the horror-comedy Bubba Ho-Tep starring Bruce Campbell as well as the theme and underscore for the CBS series The Education of Max Bickford starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden.

Before that, Tyler composed scores for Paramount Picture's Sirens as well as the intense thriller The 4th Floor starring William Hurt and Juliette Lewis - a score heralded by the director as "completely brilliant. Tyler's rich classical score far exceeded any expectations of what I thought any composer could have added to the film".


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Mastadge
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Jer214
Re: Rising Star or One-Hit Wonder?   Sunday, May 16, 2004 (8:48 a.m.) 

I think that biography you pasted in there is a little outdated. But just a little.


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Re: Rising Star or One-Hit Wonder?   Sunday, May 23, 2004 (2:24 p.m.) 

I don't know whether he'll be up there alongside Williams and Goldsmith, but he'll certainly have joined the also rather lofty ranks of Debney, Silvestri, Newton Howard and the likes. His output so far has been extremely impressive and I do expect to hear great things from this inspiring composer.



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