Charlie Clouser

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Background information
Birth nameCharles Alexander Clouser
Born (1963-06-28) June 28, 1963 (age 56)
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
Prong

Charles Alexander Clouser (born June 28, 1963) is an American keyboardist, composer, record producer, and remixer. He worked with Trent Reznor for 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.

Keyboardist musician who plays keyboard instruments

A keyboardist or keyboard player is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. Until the early 1960s musicians who played keyboards were generally classified as either pianists or organists. Since the mid-1960s, a plethora of new musical instruments with keyboards have come into common usage, requiring a more general term for a person who plays them. These keyboards include:

Composer person who creates music, either by musical notation or oral tradition

A composer is a musician who is an author of music in any form, including vocal music, instrumental music, electronic music, and music which combines multiple forms. A composer may create music in any music genre, including, for example, classical music, musical theatre, blues, folk music, jazz, and popular music. Composers often express their works in a written musical score using musical notation.

Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

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Life and career

Clouser plays keyboard, synthesizer, theremin, and drums. He also does music programming, engineering, and mixing. He co-worked with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (1994–2000) for several projects. Before he worked with 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.

Keyboard instrument class of musical instrument which is played using a musical keyboard

A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, a row of levers which are pressed by the fingers. The most common of these are the piano, organ, and various electronic keyboards, including synthesizers and digital pianos. Other keyboard instruments include celestas, which are struck idiophones operated by a keyboard, and carillons, which are usually housed in bell towers or belfries of churches or municipal buildings.

Synthesizer Electronic instrument capable of producing a wide range of sounds

A synthesizer or synthesiser is an electronic musical instrument that generates audio signals that may be converted to sound. Synthesizers may imitate traditional musical instruments such as piano, flute, vocals, or natural sounds such as ocean waves; or generate novel electronic timbres. They are often played with a musical keyboard, but they can be controlled via a variety of other devices, including music sequencers, instrument controllers, fingerboards, guitar synthesizers, wind controllers, and electronic drums. Synthesizers without built-in controllers are often called sound modules, and are controlled via USB, MIDI or CV/gate using a controller device, often a MIDI keyboard or other controller.

Theremin electronic music instrument

The theremin is an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist (performer). It is named after its inventor, Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928.

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.

Helmet (band) band

Helmet is an American alternative metal band from New York City formed in 1989. Founded by vocalist and lead guitarist Page Hamilton, Helmet has had numerous lineup changes, and Hamilton has been the only constant member.

<i>Size Matters</i> 2004 studio album by Helmet

Size Matters is the fifth album by the American alternative metal band Helmet, released in 2004 through Interscope. It is the first new album since the band ended with a bitter break up in 1998.

Page Hamilton American musician

Page Nye Hamilton is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer, mostly noted for his work with alternative metal band Helmet. Most of his work has been in the hard rock and alternative metal styles, though he trained in jazz guitar and has substantial connections with avant-garde music and film soundtrack composition.

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.

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

Rob Zombie American singer and film director

Rob Zombie is an American musician and filmmaker. He is a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie, releasing four studio albums with the band. He is the older brother of Spider One, lead vocalist for American rock band Powerman 5000.

Alice Cooper American rock singer, songwriter and musician

Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock". He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.

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 .

Trent Reznor American musician

Michael Trent Reznor is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer. He is the founder, lead vocalist, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which he founded in 1988 and of which he was the sole official member until adding long-time collaborator Atticus Ross as a permanent member in 2016. His first release under the Nine Inch Nails name, the 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success. He has since released nine Nine Inch Nails studio albums. He left Interscope Records in 2007 and was an independent recording artist until signing with Columbia Records in 2012.

<i>Natural Born Killers</i> (soundtrack) 1994 soundtrack album by Various artists

Natural Born Killers: A Soundtrack for an Oliver Stone Film is the soundtrack to the film Natural Born Killers, produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Reznor reportedly produced the soundtrack using a portable Pro Tools in his hotel room while on his band’s Self Destruct Tour. On his approach to compiling the soundtrack, Reznor told MTV:

I suggested to Oliver [Stone] to try to turn the soundtrack into a collage-of-sound, kind of the way the movie used music: make edits, add dialog, and make it something interesting, rather than a bunch of previously released music.

<i>Pretty Hate Machine</i> 1989 studio album by Nine Inch Nails

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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.

Alec Empire German musician

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<i>Moog</i> (film) 2004 film by Hans Fjellestad

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Robert Moog electronic music pioneer and inventor from the United States

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Clouser has also worked as a film and television composer, scoring the entire Saw series of films, [1] as well as Deepwater (2005), Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007). [2] 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 [3] 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

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References

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