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Paul Haslinger

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Associated acts  Tangerine Dream
Name  Paul Haslinger
Role  Composer ·

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Born  11 December 1962 (age 53)Linz, Upper Austria, Austria (1962-12-11)
Occupation(s)  Composer, music producer
Music group  Tangerine Dream (1986 – 1990)
Nominations  Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score)
Albums  Death Race, Takers, Planetary Traveler, Shoot 'em Up, Livemiles

Paul haslinger on film composing

Paul Haslinger (born 11 December 1962) is an Austrian musician and composer. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.


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Paul haslinger about composing and sound design

Early life

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Haslinger was born and raised in Linz, Austria. He attended high school at Kollegium Aloisianum, a Jesuit school near Linz. After graduating, he decided to pursue music professionally and studied at both the Vienna’s Academy of Music and the University of Vienna. During this time he developed a career as a session player in Vienna and performed with local bands and artists.

Tangerine Dream (1985 - 1990)

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In 1985, Haslinger joined the German electronic music group Tangerine Dream. During his 5 years with the group, he recorded a total of 15 albums, participated in 4 international tours, and collaborated on a number of soundtracks including Miracle Mile, Near Dark, Shy People and Miramar’s Canyon Dreams directed by Jan Nickman. The soundtrack for Canyon Dreams earned Haslinger his first Grammy nomination in 1991.

Solo work in music

In 1991, Haslinger left Tangerine Dream and relocated to Los Angeles. At the time, he was signed to Private Music. While under contract, he worked on a joint project with Peter Baumann, called Blue Room (unreleased). In 1994 Haslinger released his first solo record, Future Primitive (Wildcat), followed by World Without Rules (1996, RGB) and Score (1999, RGB).


Through the 1990s, Haslinger collaborated on a number of projects with a variety of artists, among them: French Electronic band Lightwave, dark-ambient icon Brian Williams, aka Lustmord, singers Anna Homler & Nona Hendryx, as well as Jon Hassell. In 1998, Haslinger was asked to join the team around film composer Graeme Revell. He worked as a music programmer and arranger on films such as Chinese Box (1999), The Negotiator (1998), The Siege (1998), Pitch Black (2000), Blow (2001), and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Haslinger has always favored a collaborative approach to film scoring, and has worked with many studio musicians and performers, such as Steve Tavaglione, George Doering, Greg Ellis, Diego Stocco, Charlie Campagna. In recent years he also started returning to some of his earlier work in experimental music, collaborating with Christian Fennesz and other artists related to British Avantgarde label Touch.

Music for film

Haslinger’s first solo feature film credit came with Crazy/Beautiful, his second collaboration with director John Stockwell. They continued to work together on projects including Blue Crush, Into the Blue, Turistas, and In The Blood. Haslinger has provided scores to several indie and studio features including The Girl Next Door, Crank, Turistas, Shoot 'Em Up, Death Race, Takers, The Three Musketeers, and Mysteries of the Unseen World, among others.

In 2003, Haslinger scored his first film to open at number 1 at the U.S. box office, Underworld, directed by Len Wiseman. He returned to the popular franchise, scoring both Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Underworld: Awakening. Haslinger’s most popular track "Eternity and a Day" has been used repeatedly throughout the franchise and the score to Underworld: Awakening received a 2012 BMI Film Music Award. Haslinger composed the music for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and in theaters in 2017. A Resident Evil Soundtrack will be released in conjunction with the film.

Music for television

Haslinger’s first solo composer credit came in 2000 with the HBO Films television movie, Cheaters, which began his relationship with director John Stockwell. Taking a break from film scoring, he returned to television from 2005-2006 to score Showtime’s Golden Globe nominated series Sleeper Cell which resulted in Haslinger’s first Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special. In 2014, Haslinger was hired to score the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire. The show is set in the 80’s and has received much critical acclaim for its use of period-specific music. A Halt and Catch Fire soundtrack was released by Lakeshore Records in 2016. Expanding his work with AMC, in 2015 Haslinger was asked, to write the music for AMC’s spin-off series to The Walking Dead, entitled Fear The Walking Dead. The show became the highest rated season premiere in US cable history and has been renewed for a third season.

Music for video games

In 2005, Haslinger was approached by Ubisoft to score the video game Far Cry Instincts. Since then, he has scored a string of game releases, including Rainbow Six Vegas, Wolverine, Need for Speed. Most recently he collaborated with Ben Frost on the score for the latest installment in the Rainbow Six series, entitled Siege.

Current projects

Haslinger is currently working on AMC's Fear the Walking Dead (2015) from producers David Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) and Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), now entering its third season. In addition, Haslinger is scoring the fourth and final season of the critically acclaimed AMC series Halt and Catch Fire.

With Tangerine Dream

  • Vault IV (1986 concerts, released 2005)
  • East (1990 concert, released 2004)
  • Catch Me If You Can (1989, OST released 1994)
  • Deadly Care (1987, OST released 1992)
  • L'Affaire Wallraff (The Man Inside) (1989, OST released 1991)
  • Dead Solid Perfect (1989, OST released 1991)
  • Canyon Dreams (1987 OST, released 1991)
  • Melrose (1990)
  • Miracle Mile (1989)
  • Lily on the Beach (1989)
  • Rainbow Drive (1989)
  • Destination Berlin (1989)
  • Optical Race (1988)
  • Livemiles (1988)
  • Near Dark (1987, OST released 1988)
  • Shy People (1987, OST released 1988)
  • Dead Solid Perfect (1988)
  • Three O'Clock High (OST 1987)
  • Tyger (1987)
  • Zoning (1987)
  • Red Nights (1987)
  • Tonight's the Night (1987)
  • Underwater Sunlight (1986)
  • Programmer for Graeme Revell

  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (OST, 2001)
  • Blow (2000)
  • Red Planet (OST, 2000)
  • Titan A. E. (2000)
  • Pitch Black (2000)
  • The Siege (OST, 1998)
  • The Negotiator (1998)
  • Phoenix (OST, 1998)
  • The Chinese Box (OST, 1997)
  • With Lightwave

  • Bleue Comme Une Orange (2004)
  • Caryotype (2002)
  • A Collection (Promo CD - 1999)
  • Mundus Subterraneus (1995)
  • Made to Measure (Cassette tape - 1994)
  • Tycho Brahe (1993)
  • Structure Trilogy (Cassette tape - 1991)
  • Awards

  • BMI Television Music Award -"Fear The Walking Dead" (2016)
  • BMI Film Music Award - Underworld: Awakening (2012)
  • BMI Film Music Award - Takers (2011)
  • Emmy Nomination - Sleeper Cell (2006)
  • Grammy Nomination (w/ Tangerine Dream) - Canyon Dreams (1991)
  • References

    Paul Haslinger Wikipedia