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Steve Jablonsky

Steve Jablonsky
Jablonsky at the premiere of Ender's Game (2013).
Background information
Born (1970-10-09) October 9, 1970
Genres Film score, video game score, post-rock, alternative rock, electronic, classical
Occupation(s) Film composer, video game composer
Instruments Piano, guitar, percussion
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts Remote Control Productions, Hans Zimmer, Trevor Rabin, Harry Gregson-Williams, Trevor Morris, Linkin Park, Explosions in the Sky, Imagine Dragons

Steve Jablonsky (born October 9, 1970) is an American composer for film, television and video game, best known for his musical scores in the Transformers film series.[1] Some of his frequent collaboration partners include film director Michael Bay and composer Hans Zimmer.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Film 3.1
    • Television 3.2
    • Video games 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Jablonsky went to University of California, Berkeley for college. He studied computer science at the beginning, but switched to music composition a year later.[2] After graduation, he became an intern at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions. During that time, Jablonsky met Harry Gregson-Williams, a fellow composer of Zimmer, and started working as his assistant. Later he became more engaged with Zimmer and started composing for renowned works like Desperate Housewives and the Transformers film series.[3]


Jablonsky has composed the soundtracks to the films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Steamboy (2004), The Island (2005), Transformers (2007), D-War (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Battleship (2012), Ender's Game (2013) (replacing renowned film composer James Horner), and Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014). He was also a contributor on Team America: World Police (2004) among many others. In addition, he helped compose some of the music to the video game Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and composed the theme music for BBC's Seven Wonders of the Industrial World in 2003. He also has written music for the television show Desperate Housewives (2004 - 2012) since the fourth episode. His track "Trailblazing" served as the opening theme for WrestleMania X8 and WrestleMania XIX, as well at the soundtrack to the TNA Hall of Fame induction of Sting.

Jablonsky also wrote the music for Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, taking the place of the former Command & Conquer music composer Frank Klepacki, who was unable to write the game's score due to his involvement with Universe at War: Earth Assault.

Jablonsky has worked for Harry Gregson-Williams at Media Ventures, the music production company which was conceived and founded by Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer, for seven years. His most recent projects include the scores for the South Korean film D-War, Gears of War 3 for the Xbox 360 gaming console, and music for The Sims 3.

Currently, Jablonsky is employed at Zimmer's studio, Remote Control Productions, having been mentored by the companies members Zimmer and Nick Glennie-Smith, as well as former members Harry Gregson-Williams and Klaus Badelt.

In February 2015, Jablonsky was hired to compose the score for the upcoming film The Last Witch Hunter.[4] He is also set to compose the soundtrack for the upcoming action thriller film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi , directed by Michael Bay. This marks his seventh film collaboration with Bay.



Year Film Director Studio / Developer Notes
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Marcus Nispel New Line Cinema Jablonsky's first credited score for a major motion picture.
2004 Steamboy Katsuhiro Otomo Sony Pictures Entertainment
2005 The Amityville Horror Andrew Douglas Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
The Island Michael Bay Warner Bros. First official directorial collaboration with Michael Bay.
2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Jonathan Liebesman New Line Cinema
2007 Transformers Michael Bay Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Score produced and additional music by Hans Zimmer.
D-War Shim Hyung-rae Showbox First score entirely produced by Jablonsky.
The Hitcher Dave Meyers Rogue Pictures
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Michael Bay Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Score produced and additional music by Hans Zimmer; featuring Linkin Park.
Friday the 13th Marcus Nispel New Line Cinema
Paramount Pictures
2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street Samuel Bayer New Line Cinema
2011 Your Highness David Gordon Green Universal Pictures
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Michael Bay Paramount Pictures Score produced by Hans Zimmer.
2012 Battleship Peter Berg Universal Pictures
2013 Gangster Squad Ruben Fleischer Warner Bros. Replaced Carter Burwell
Pain & Gain Michael Bay Paramount Pictures
Ender's Game Gavin Hood Summit Entertainment Replaced James Horner
Lone Survivor Peter Berg Universal Pictures Co-Composed with Explosions in the Sky
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Michael Bay Paramount Pictures Additional music by Imagine Dragons & Skrillex
2015 The Last Witch Hunter Breck Eisner Lionsgate Entertainment
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Michael Bay Paramount Pictures
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half Shell Dave Green Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies


Year Title[5] TV Channel Notes
2002 AFP - American Fighter Pilot
Live From Baghdad CNN
National Geographic Explorer National Geographic Channel Episode: Lost Subs: Disaster at Sea
2003 Seven Wonders Of The Industrial World BBC 7 episodes
Threat Matrix ABC 3 episodes
2004—2012 Desperate Housewives ABC 157 episodes
2005 The Contender NBC
Threshold CBS
2006 Him And Us
2009 WWII In HD History
2011 Vietnam In HD History
2014 The Last Ship TNT Season 1
2013 Occult Television film

Video games

Year Title Awards/Nominations Notes
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty E3 Best Original Score Additional music only.
Music composed by Harry Gregson-Williams.
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Co-composed with Trevor Morris
Transformers: The Game
2008 Gears of War 2
2009 The Sims 3
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Co-Composed with Bobby Tahouri
2010 Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Promo music on bonus DVD
2011 Gears of War 3
2013 Gears of War: Judgment


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External links

  • Steve Jablonsky at the Internet Movie Database
  • Steve Jablonsky at SoundtrackNet
  • Steve Jablonsky on
  • Interview with Steve Jablonsky, SoundtrackNet
  • The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Inc.
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