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Michael Giacchino

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Biography

Composer Michael Giacchino grew up fascinated with both movies and music, and he went on to an ideal career writing scores for a number of acclaimed films, television series, and video games. Giacchino was born in Riverside Township, New Jersey on October 10, 1967 and grew up in nearby Edgewater Park. As a child, he developed an interest in animation and began making stop-motion cartoons, but discovered his favorite part was selecting the music that would match the action. After high school, Giacchino received a degree in film production at New York's School of Visual Arts, and then went on to study music at Lincoln Center's Julliard School. Giacchino supported himself as a publicist for the New York offices of Universal Pictures and Disney, and after completing his studies, he relocated to Burbank, California, where he worked for Disney's feature film publicity department. He moved on to Disney Interactive, assisting with production on video game projects as he continued to hone his craft in music. After contributing music to several Disney games, he took a position with Dreamworks Interactive in 1997 and scored the video game The Lost World: Jurassic Park, released as a tie-in with the sci-fi blockbuster; the same year, he also scored a low-budget live-action thriller, Legal Deceit. Giacchino composed scores for a number of other video games, including the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty franchises, and in 2001, when producer J.J. Abrams was assembling his creative team for the television series Alias, he invited Giacchino to write music for the show, having been impressed with his video game work. After working together successfully on Alias, Abrams hired Giacchino to compose music for the cult favorite series Lost, which earned him a Grammy Award for Outstanding Dramatic Score in 2005; Giacchino also wrote music for Abrams' short-lived but critically acclaimed show Fringe. In 2004, Brad Bird invited Giacchino to write the music for the Pixar animated feature The Incredibles; it was the first of several projects he scored for Pixar, including Ratatouille, Cars 2, and Up, the latter of which earned him an Academy Award in 2010, as well as a Grammy Award for the film's soundtrack album. Since then, Giacchino has maintained a busy schedule scoring major projects such as Mission Impossible III, Cloverfield, Star Trek (2009), Let Me In, and Super 8. Giacchino also occasionally writes symphonic pieces, including "Camden 2000," which was commissioned for Camden, New Jersey's Haddonfield Symphony and debuted at a fundraising event for the non-profit Heart of Camden Housing Corporation. Giacchino also wrote new music to accompany the Space Mountain ride at Disney theme parks in the United States and Hong Kong. He was involved with a number of high-profile film projects in 2015, which would prove to be a banner year for the composer. Reuniting with director Brad Bird and Pixar, he scored the animated film Inside Out, as well as Disney's futuristic Tomorrowland and, biggest of all, the summer blockbuster Jurassic World. The following year, Giacchino returned with several more high-profile productions, including scores for Doctor Strange, Star Trek Beyond, and Zootopia. Also in 2016, it was announced that he had replaced composer Alexandre Desplat on director Gareth Edwards' highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The score was released alongside the movie in December 2016, and was commended for its fresh, innovative sound palette while incorporating favorite and revered elements of John Williams' score for the previous Star Wars installments. In 2017, Giacchino supplied three more blockbuster scores with The War for the Planet of the Apes, Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Disney/Pixar's Coco. Another Disney/Pixar effort, Incredibles 2, arrived in 2018, along with his second outing with the dinosaurs on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. ~ Mark Deming
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    Popularity
  2.   The Glory Days
  3.   Star Trek
  4.   Married Life
  5.   End Creditouilles
  6.   Colette Shows Him Le Ropes
  7.   Up with End Credits
  8.   To Boldly Go
  9.   Electric Dreams
  10.   A Whole Family of Supers
  11.   Wall Rat
  12.   Anyone Can Cook
  13.   A Real Gourmet Kitchen
  14.   Up with Titles
  15.   Carl Goes Up
  16.   Nailin' the Kelvin
  17.   Remy's Revenge
  18.   End Credits
  19.   A Thern for the Worse
  20.   The Small Mailman Returns
  21.   Kronos Unveiled
  22.   The Battle of Bridgeway
  23.   You've Piqued My Pin-Trist
  24.   A Thern Warning
  25.   The Blue Light Special
  26.   Zodanga Happened
  27.   Dinner Rush
  28.   100 Mile Dash
  29.   New and Improved
  30.   Joy turns to sadness / A growing personality
  31.   John Carter of Mars
  32.   The Prize is Barsoom
  33.   Thark Side of Barsoom
  34.   Aftermath Class
  35.   Does It Still McFly
  36.   Escaping the subconscious
  37.   52 Chachki Pickup
  38.   Bob vs. The Omnidroid
  39.   Super 8~Super 8 Suite
  40.   Medal of Honor
  41.   Star Trek Main Theme
  42.   Enterprising Young Men
  43.   The Imperial Suite
  44.   Spider-Man: Homecoming Suite
  45.   The Hands Dealt
  46.   Jyn Erso & Hope Suite
  47.   Your Father Would Be Proud
  48.   Remember Me
  49.   The U-Boat
  50.   Sab Than Pursues the Princess
  51.   The Radar Train
  52.   Taking Out the Railgun
  53.   Not Quite Finished
  54.   Merker's Salt Mine
  55.   Attack on Fort Schmerzen
  56.   Lost (Season 4), television series score~There's No Place Like Home (from the episode There's No Place Like Home, Part 1)
  57.   The Road to Berlin
  58.   Colditz Castle V2
  59.   Un Poco Loco
  60.   Dept. of Family Reunions
  61.   Mater Warns McQueen
  62.   Proud Corazón
  63.   Cereal Experience
  64.   Motel Me a Scary Story
  65.   Recuérdame featuring Luis Ángel Gómez Jaramillo
  66.   Recuérdame by Marco Antonio Solís