Charlie Clouser

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Background information
Birth nameCharles Alexander Clouser
Born (1963-06-28) June 28, 1963 (age 55)
Origin Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
Genres Industrial metal, electronica, alternative rock, trip hop
Occupation(s) Keyboardist
Composer
Producer
Remixer
Instruments Synthesizers, drums, bass, theremin, guitar, vocals
Associated acts Nine Inch Nails
Burning Retina
9 Ways to Sunday
Danny Lohner
White Zombie
Atari Teenage Riot
Rob Zombie

Charles Alexander Clouser ( /ˈklzər/ ; [1] born June 28, 1963) is an American keyboardist, composer, record producer, and remixer. He was a member of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from 1994–2000, and is a composer for film and television; among his credits are the score for the Saw franchise and American Horror Story . Clouser was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance in 1997.

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Life and career

Clouser plays keyboard, synthesizer, theremin, and drums. He also does music programming, engineering, and mixing. He was a member of the band Nine Inch Nails (1994–2000). Before he was in Nine Inch Nails, he was in the alternative band Burning Retna with former L.A. Guns guitarist Mick Cripps and fellow Nothing Records employee Sean Beavan. Clouser also was a member of the band 9 Ways to Sunday, which released a self-titled album in 1990. Clouser has remixed artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, White Zombie, Rammstein and Meat Beat Manifesto.

In 2004, Clouser produced the Helmet album Size Matters . Consisting mainly of collaborations between Clouser and Page Hamilton, it was intended to be a Hamilton solo album. The first release from the collaboration, known as Throwing Punches, appeared on a soundtrack in 2003 for the film Underworld , and was credited as a Hamilton track. Clouser created one of FirstCom music's master series discs, only sold for commercial use, in the late 1990s.

Two songs programmed by Clouser were nominated for Grammy Awards in 1997: White Zombie's "I'm Your Boogie Man" and Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper's "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)," the latter of which Clouser also co-wrote and mixed.

He worked with Trent Reznor on the soundtrack of Natural Born Killers , helping record and produce a new version of "Something I Can Never Have," the original version of which appeared on Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine album. Clouser's remix of Zombie's "Dragula" can be found on The Matrix soundtrack. Another Zombie track remixed by Clouser, "Reload", appears on The Matrix Reloaded soundtrack. He produced the unfinished Hamilton project Gandhi .

Clouser provided the live synth for Alec Empire's "Intelligence And Sacrifice" tour in 2001. He appears in the Moog documentary about electronic-music pioneer Robert Moog and composed the song "I Am a Spaceman" for the original soundtrack of that movie.

Clouser has also worked as a film and television composer, scoring the entire Saw series of films, [2] as well as Deepwater (2005), Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007). [3] On television, he was the composer for the TV series Las Vegas (NBC), Fastlane (Fox), and NUMB3RS (CBS). Additionally, he composed the theme song for those shows as well as American Horror Story (FX).

Personal life

Charlie was born in Hanover, New Hampshire. He married his long-time girlfriend, photographer and model Zoe Wiseman in the summer of 2007. He is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Discography

Other artists

Clouser has performed on releases with a variety of other artists and bands.

Soundtracks

Film

YearTitleDirectorStudio(s)
2004 Saw James Wan Lionsgate Films
2005 Deepwater David S. MarfieldHalcyon Entertainment
Saw II Darren Lynn Bousman Lionsgate Films
2006 Saw III
2007 Dead Silence James Wan Universal Pictures
Death Sentence
Resident Evil: Extinction Russell Mulcahy Screen Gems
Saw IV Darren Lynn BousmanLionsgate Films
2008 Saw V David Hackl
2009 The Stepfather Nelson McCormick Screen Gems
Saw VI Kevin Greutert Lionsgate Films
2010 Saw 3D
2012 The Collection Marcus Dunstan LD Entertainment
2016The Neighbor Anchor Bay Films
2017 Jigsaw [4] The Spierig Brothers Lionsgate Films

Television

YearTitleStudio(s)Notes
2002–2003 Fastlane Warner Bros. Television
20th Century Fox Television
N/A
2003–2008 Las Vegas DreamWorks Television N/A
2005–2010 NUMB3RS Scott Free Productions N/A
2008 Fear Itself Lionsgate Television N/A
2011 American Horror Story 20th Century Fox TelevisionTheme music
2015 Childhood's End Universal Cable Productions N/A
2015–2016 Wayward Pines 20th Century Fox TelevisionN/A

Video games

YearTitleDeveloperPublisherNotes
2009 Singularity Raven Software Activision With Michael Wandmacher
2015 Evolve Turtle Rock Studios 2K Games With Jason Graves, Lustmord & Danny Cocke

References

  1. "SoundtrackNet: Video: Charlie Clouser talks about scoring Resident Evil: Extinction" . Retrieved 2006-11-02.
  2. "[Exclusive] The Sounds of SAW: An Interview with Composer CHARLIE CLOUSER | Nightmare on Film Street". Nightmare on Film Street. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  3. "SoundtrackNet: Charlie Clouser" . Retrieved 2006-11-02.
  4. "'Saw: Legacy' to Be Scored by Franchise Veteran Charlie Clouser (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter . The Hollywood Reporter. October 7, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.