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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Tyler Bates is the Musical Force Behind Frank Miller's and Zack Snyder's 300 Movie

Here's a mini-biography of Tyler Bates from the IMDB

"Tyler Bates spent his formative years in Chicago, answering to his obsession with music. An avid enthusiast, his mother introduced him to a wide range of recording artists; from Zappa to Coltrane, Simon and Garfunkel to Sly Stone. The soundtrack albums for the Broadway musicals Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar left an indelible impression upon him, both compositionally and emotionally. The marriage of thematic classical orchestra with the punishing cannon blasts of Tchaikovsky's 1812, inspired Tyler's enchantment with unorthodox juxtapositions, which after one mach volume listening, left a living room window cracked in his family's haunted log cabin.

"At age ten, his hard-partying teenage cousins introduced him to Led Zeppelin and Kiss, which was all it took for Tyler to drop his alto saxophone for an electric guitar. He then found the early records of U2, Gang Of Four, and Yes, which influenced the principles apparent in his music today. The limitations of his home studio equipment became an integral part of his creative process; sparking an experimental approach in effort to complete his compositional ideas. At age thirteen he started daisy-chaining cassette recorders to produce multi-track recordings. An Echoplex and other sound mutation devices became the gateway to his atmospheric explorations and counter-rhythmic sensibilities, as he studied the effects of varying tape speeds on live and pre-recorded sound sources.

"By nineteen, Tyler managed a trading firm in the stock market, while enjoying the beginnings of great success in Chicago-based bands. But he could not ignore the calling to expand his career in music. In 1993, fueled by an offer to score a movie that paid less than a months rent, Tyler returned to his native Los Angeles with zero experience in making music for films, and successfully produced his first score. This led to steady work on B movies while simultaneously developing the sound of his band, Pet, with singer-songwriter Lisa Papineau. The duo created a stir in Los Angeles that attracted Tori Amos to a Los Angeles club show, after which she immediately began her campaign to get the band a major-label record deal by banging on the door of Atlantic Records President, Val Azoli. Pet was signed soon after, spawning Amos' Igloo/Atlantic Records imprint in effort to afford the band its greatest chance at success in the biz. After recording their debut album at Tori's hillside castle in rural Ireland in 1996, and with a platinum record to their credit for the song "Lil' Boots," from the "The Crow: City Of Angels" soundtrack album, the band began touring stints with Blink 182, Limp Bizkit, Helmet and Luscious Jackson. But the emergence of several rock & roll clich├ęs led Tyler to the decision to leave the group to focus solely on scoring movies by late 1997."

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