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Paul Haslinger

Paul Haslinger
Background information
Born (1962-12-11) 11 December 1962
Linz, Upper Austria, Austria
Occupation(s) Composer & Music Producer
Associated acts Tangerine Dream

Paul Haslinger (born 11 December 1962) is an Austrian-born composer and music producer currently based in Los Angeles, California.


  • Life and Career 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • Tangerine Dream (1985 - 1990) 1.2
    • Solo Work 1.3
    • Collaborations 1.4
    • Film 1.5
    • Television 1.6
    • Video Games 1.7
    • Current Projects 1.8
  • Catalogue of Work 2
    • Film 2.1
    • Television 2.2
    • Video games 2.3
    • Music 2.4
    • With Tangerine Dream 2.5
    • Programmer for Graeme Revell 2.6
    • With Lightwave 2.7
  • Awards 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and Career

Early life

Haslinger was born and raised in Linz, Upper Austria, Austria. He attended high school at Kollegium Aloisianum, a Jesuit school near Linz.[1] Through his sisters who were 8 and 10 years older, he was exposed to electronic music early on and started playing in bands at age 14.[2] After graduating high school he decided to pursue music professionally and studied at both the Academy of Music in Vienna and the University of Vienna. During this time he developed a career as a session player in Vienna and performed with many local bands and artists.

Tangerine Dream (1985 - 1990)

In 1985, Haslinger joined the German electronic music group Tangerine Dream.[3] During his 5 years with the group,[4] he recorded a total of 15 albums, participated in 4 international tours, and collaborated on a number of soundtracks including Miracle Mile, Near Dark, and Shy People.[5] The soundtrack album for the Miramar film release Canyon Dreams, by director Jan Nickman, earned Haslinger his first Grammy nomination in 1991.[6]

Solo Work

In 1991, Haslinger decided to leave Tangerine Dream and to relocate to Los Angeles. At the time, he was signed to Private Music and his recording contract enabled him to start working, initially on a joint project with Peter Baumann,[7] called Blue Room (unreleased). In 1994 Haslinger released his first solo record, Future Primitive (Wildcat), followed by World Without Rules (1996, RGB)[8] and Score (1999, RGB). He also scored a number small film and TV projects, including Pointman (1994), The History of Computer Graphics (1998, Documentary) and Planetary Traveler (1996, DVD).


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),[9] singers Anna Homler & Nona Hendryx, as well as Jon Hassell. In 1998, Haslinger was asked to join the team around film composer Graeme Revell.[10] He worked as a music programmer and arranger on films such as Chinese Box (1999), The Negotiator (1998), The Siege (1999), Pitch Black (2000), Blow (2001), and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).[2]


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,[11] Death Race, Takers, The Three Musketeers,[4] and Mysteries of the Unseen World to name a few.

In 2003, Haslinger scored his first film to open No. 1 at the U.S. box office, Underworld, directed by Len Wiseman.[2] 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[4] and the score to Underworld: Awakening received a 2012 BMI Film Music Award.[12]


Haslinger’s first solo composer credit came in 2000 with the HBO Films television movie, Cheaters, beginning 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[13] Sleeper Cell which also resulted in Haslinger’s first Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special.[14] He recently scored the television movie, Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, produced by The Weinstein Company and directed by Stockwell.

Video Games

In 2005, Haslinger was approached by Ubisoft to score the video game Far Cry Instincts. His style became known in the gaming world and Haslinger has scored a series of video game releases, including Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, Rainbow Six: Vegas (Ubisoft),[4] Need for Speed: Undercover (EA), and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Activision).[4]

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) and has completed the first season Halt and Catch Fire (2014) also on AMC [15] from producers Jonathan Lisco (Southland) and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad).[2] His latest feature film composition was for Sam Miller’s (Black Sails, Luther) film No Good Deed.[16]

Catalogue of Work


Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2014 No Good Deed Sam Miller Screen Gems [17]
In The Blood John Stockwell Anchor Bay Films Soundtrack available from MovieScore Media[18]
2013 Mysteries of the Unseen World Louis Schwartzberg National Geographic Cinema
Day's End Pictures
Released on IMAX[19]
2012 Underworld: Awakening Mans Marlind
Bjorn Stein
Screen Gems Fourth in the Underworld film series.
Soundtrack available from Lakeshore Records.
Received BMI Film Music Award for score.[12]
2011 The Three Musketeers Paul W.S. Anderson Constantin Film Produktion, Summit Entertainment Soundtrack available from Milan Records[20]
2010 Death Race 2 Roel Reine Moonlighting Films
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Takers John Luessenhop Screen Gems Soundtrack available from Screen Gems
2009 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Patrick Tatopoulos Sketch Films, Screen Gems Soundtrack available from Screen Gems
After.Life Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo Lleju Productions, Anchor Bay Films With Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci
2008 While She Was Out Susan Montford Insight Film Studios, Anchor Bay Films Soundtrack available from Lakeshore Records
Make It Happen Darren Grand The Mayhem Project, The Weinstein Company
Death Race Paul W.S. Anderson Universal Pictures Soundtrack available from Intrada
Prom Night Nelson McCormick Alliance Films, Screen Gems
The Fifth Commandment Jesse V. Johnson Freestyle Releasing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
2007 Shoot 'Em Up Michael Davis New Line Cinema Soundtrack available from Varese Sarabande, Universal Music Group
Gardener of Eden Kevin Connolly The 7th Floor, Appian Way, Virtual Studios,
Initial Entertainment Group, Gardener of Eden Productions
Vacancy Nimrod Antal Screen Gems Soundtrack available from Commotion
2006 Turistas John Stockwell Fox Atomic Soundtrack from Fox Music
Crank Mark Neveldine
Brian Taylor
Lakeshore Entertainment, Lions Gate Films Soundtrack available on Lakeshore Records
2005 Into the Blue John Stockwell Columbia Pictures, Mandalay Pictures,
Sony Pictures Releasing, MGM
2004 The Girl Next Door Luke Greenfield New Regency Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Soundtrack available on Lakeshore Records
Bring It On Again Damon Santostefano Universal Pictures
2003 Underworld Len Wiseman Lakeshore Entertainment, Screen Gems Soundtrack available on Lakeshore Records
2002 Blue Crush John Stockwell Universal Pictures Soundtrack available from Virgin Records
2001 Crazy/Beautiful John Stockwell Buena Vista Pictures Soundtrack available from Hollywood Records
Picture Claire Bruce McDonald Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Production,
Seredipity Point Films
Soundtrack available from EMI Music Canada
1999 Infinity's Child Jan Nickman Animated Short Film[21]
The Story of Computer Graphics Frank Foster Association for Computing Machinery
1997 Planetary Traveler Jan Nickman Animated Short Film, Soundtrack available from Third Planet Entertainment


Year Title Producer(s) Network Notes
2015 Fear the Walking Dead Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman AMC (TV channel) Season Premiere August 29, 2015
2014 Halt and Catch Fire Jonathan Lisco, Melissa Bernstein AMC Season Premiere June 1, 2014[22]
2012 Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Voltage Pictures, The Weinstein Company, National Geographic Channel NatGeo Directed by John Stockwell
Television Movie
2006 Sleeper Cell II: American Terror Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris Showtime Soundtrack available from Rhythmbank Entertainment
2005 Sleeper Cell I: The Enemy Is Here Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris Showtime Soundtrack Available from Rhythmbank Entertainment
Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special.[14]
2000 Cheaters Kevin Reidy, Gloria Jean Sykes HBO Directed by John Stockwell
Television Movie
1994 Pointman Robert Ellis Miller Prime Time Entertainment Television Movie

Video games

Year Title Director Production Company
2010 Need for Speed: World Clay Jensen Electronic Arts
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Margaret Tang Amaze Entertainment, Activision Blizzard
2008 Need For Speed: Undercover Joseph A. Hodges Electronic Arts Blackbox
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 David Jankowski, David Moodie Ubisoft Entertainment
2006 Rainbow Six: Vegas David Moodie Ubisoft Entertainment
Far Cry Instincts: Evolution Ubisoft Entertainment
2005 Far Cry Instincts Ubisoft Entertainment


Year Title Label
1999 Score RGB/Hearts of Space Records
1996 World Without Rules RGB
1994 Future Primitive Wildcat Recording Corporation
As Coma Virus
1997 Hidden Side Effects

With Tangerine Dream

Programmer for Graeme Revell

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)


  • Grammy Nomination (w/ Tangerine Dream) - Canyon Dreams (1991)
  • Emmy Nomination - Sleeper Cell (2006)
  • BMI Film Music Award - Underworld: Awakening (2012)


  1. ^ "Kollegium Maloisianum". 
  2. ^ a b c d "Interview with Paul Haslinger". 8dio. 
  3. ^ "Catching Up with Halt and Catch Fire Composer Paul Haslinger". Paste Magazine. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Paul Haslinger's Underworld Awakening". Randall Larson's Soundtrax. 
  5. ^ "Tangerine Dream Website". 
  6. ^ "Grammy Nominations Span Streisand, Seal, Seattle Symphony". The Seattle Times. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Paul Haslinger". 8dio. 
  8. ^ "A Tangerine Dream Conquers Television". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ "An Interview with composer Paul Haslinger". ScoreNotes. 
  10. ^ "Paul Haslinger's Underword Awakening". Randall Larson's Soundtrax. 
  11. ^ "An Interview with composer Paul Haslinger". ScoreNotes. 
  12. ^ a b "2012 BMI Film/TV Award Winners". BMI. 
  13. ^ "Sleeper Cell: American Terror". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 
  14. ^ a b "Nominees/Winners 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards". Emmy Awards. 
  15. ^ "Interview with Paul haslinger". 8dio. 
  16. ^ "Pau Haslinger Scoring No Good Deed". Film Music Reporter. 
  17. ^ - By 5 months"No Good Deed"For The 3rd Time, Screen Gems Pushes Back Release Date for . Indiewire. 
  18. ^ "In The Blood (Paul Haslinger)". MovieScore Media. 
  19. ^ "Mysteries of the Unseen World". National Geographic. 
  20. ^ "The Three Musketeers". Milan Records. 
  21. ^ "About". Infinity's Child. 
  22. ^

External links

  • Paul Haslinger's Official Website
  • Paul Haslinger at the Internet Movie Database
  • Interview with Paul Haslinger on Being a Film Composer
  • Interview with Paul Haslinger
  • Paul Haslinger's Underworld Awakening
  • Interview with composer Paul Haslinger
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