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Graeme Revell

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Nationality  New Zealander
Education  University of Auckland
Spouse  Sinan Revell
Name  Graeme Revell
Occupation  Musician, composer

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Born  23 October 1955 (age 67) (1955-10-23) Auckland, New Zealand
Role  Musician ·
Albums  The Crow: Original Motion Pi, Freddy vs Jason, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Insect Musicians, Out of Time

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Graeme Revell (born 23 October 1955) is a New Zealand musician and composer. He came to prominence in the 1980s as the leader of the industrial/electronic group SPK. Since the 1990s he has worked primarily as a film score composer.


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Some of Revell's best known film scores include Child's Play 2 (1990) The Crow (1994), Street Fighter (1994), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), The Craft (1996), The Crow: City of Angels (1996), The Saint (1997), Spawn (1997), The Negotiator (1998), Bride of Chucky (1998), Titan A.E. (2000), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Daredevil (2003), Out of Time (2003), and Sin City (2005). He is also known for his frequent collaborations with director David Twohy, having scored Below (2002) and the Riddick franchise.

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Early life

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Revell attended Auckland Grammar School, where he finished his final year in 7A.

Education and training

Revell is a classically trained pianist and French horn player, but also graduated from the University of Auckland with degrees in economics and political science.

Vocational pursuits

He worked as a regional planner in both Australia and Indonesia, and was also an orderly in an Australian psychiatric hospital.

Musical career

Revell was a founding member of the industrial music band SPK, playing keyboards and percussion. The SPK single, "In Flagrante Delicto", was the basis for the Dead Calm film score (his first) that won him an Australian Film Industry award.

In 2002-03, he assisted the rock band Evanescence on their debut album, Fallen, in which he is credited for doing most of the string arrangements. He has also done string arrangements for Ludus, Stefy, Biffy Clyro and The Wombats.


Revell's musical style is predominantly electronic and computer-based, yet often utilizes classical instruments or entire arrangements for certain pieces (similar to his contemporary counterparts, Hans Zimmer and Mark Isham). The orchestral scores that Revell has composed have changed throughout his career—from Bernard Herrmann-like pieces to Ennio Morricone-influenced works.

Revell's music is often re-used from movie to movie and in more recent times he has collaborated with other artists on their albums. After the success of his soundtrack on Red Planet where he used the voice of French singer Emma Shapplin to back up and often lead his score, he collaborated with her on her own album Etterna, producing all of her songs. He has recently been interviewed for the independent documentary Finding Kraftland.


Revell has been assisted in sound design by dark ambient composer, Lustmord.


On 18 May 2005, Revell was honored at the annual BMI Film & TV Awards with the Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Career Achievement.

Television and video

  • Bangkok Hilton (1988) (mini-series)
  • Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
  • Down Came a Blackbird (1995)
  • Dennis the Menace Strikes Again (1998)
  • Charmed (1998 - 2006)
  • Bats Abound (1999)
  • Frank Herbert's Dune (2000)
  • Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001)
  • CSI: Miami (2002-2003)
  • Eleventh Hour (TV series) (2008-2009).
  • The Forgotten (2009-2010)
  • Dark Blue (2009-2010)
  • The River (2012)
  • Gotham (2014-2015)
  • Video games

  • Call of Duty 2 (2005)
  • Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (2005)
  • References

    Graeme Revell Wikipedia

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