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Charlie Clouser
Birth name Charles Alexander Clouser
Born June 28, 1963 (1963-06-28) (age 46)
Origin Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Genres Electronica, industrial metal
Occupations Keyboardist, composer, producer, remixer
Instruments Synthesizers, drums, bass guitar, theremin
Associated acts Nine Inch Nails, Burning Retina

Charles Alexander "Charlie" Clouser (born June 28, 1963) is an American musician whose activities include playing keyboard, synth, theremin, and drums. He is known for his abilities in music programming, engineering, mixing, and remixing. He was a member of the band Nine Inch Nails 1994–2000. Before he was in Nine Inch Nails, he was in the alternative band Burning Retna with former L.A. Guns guitarist Mick Cripps and fellow Nothing Records worker Sean Beavan. Clouser also was a member of the band 9 Ways to Sunday who released a self titled album in 1990. Clouser has remixed artists such as Deftones, White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, Prong, Killing Joke, Type O Negative, Zilch, Schwein, Collide, Real McCoy, 12 Rounds, Foetus, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Deltron 3030, Meat Beat Manifesto, SplatterCell, David Bowie, Puff Daddy, Howard Stern, Everlast, Snake River Conspiracy, A Perfect Circle, Stellar, Vixtrola, Reach 454, FAT, Die Krupps, Apartment 26, Fuel, John Frusciante, Puscifer, Belinda Carlisle, Radiator, Alec Empire, Tino Corp., Esthero, and Black Light Burns.

In 2004 Clouser produced the album Size Matters by the band Helmet. Which was composed mainly of songs recorded by Charlie Clouser and Page Hamilton for what was to be a Page Hamilton "solo" album. The first release from the project "Throwing Punches" appeared on a soundtrack in 2003 for the film Underworld as a Page Hamilton track.

In the late 1990s Clouser created one of FirstCom music's master series discs. These were only sold with licence to use commercially.

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.

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," a track of which original version appeared on Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine album. The remix of Rob Zombie's "Dragula" can be found on The Matrix soundtrack, also credited to Clouser. Another Rob Zombie track remixed by Clouser, "Reload", appears on The Matrix Reloaded soundtrack. He produced Helmet's album Size Matters and the unfinished project with Page Hamilton called Gandhi.

He 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.

Clouser has also worked as a film and television composer, scoring the Saw series of films, as well as Death Sentence (2007), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Dead Silence (2007), and Deepwater (2005).[1] On television, he is the composer for the NBC TV series Las Vegas Freeway, and the CBS series NUMB3RS.

Clouser contributed to the score for the film Collateral (2007).

For the film Saw, he composed the ending theme "Hello Zepp".

Charlie Clouser's surname is pronounced /ˈklaʊzər/ (rhymes with "browser").[2]


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.



9 Ways to Sunday

  • 9 Ways to Sunday (1990)

12 Rounds

  • Pleasant Smell (1998)

Alec Empire

  • Live at Fuji-Rock (DVD) (2001)

Apartment 26

  • Music for the Massive (2004)

Black Light Burns

Burning Retina

  • Frozen Lies (2006)


  • Vortex (2004)
  • Live At The El Rey (2005)

David Bowie

Deltron 3030

  • Positive Contact (2001)

Die Krupps






John Frusciante

Killing Joke

Marilyn Manson

Meat Beat Manifesto

  • Asbestos Lead Asbestos (1996)

Nine Inch Nails

A Perfect Circle




  • Black Shine (remix) (1998)


Reach 454

  • Reach 454 (2003)

Real McCoy

Rob Zombie


Snake River Conspiracy


  • AH - ReMiKSiS (2000)

Type O Negative

White Zombie



Film scores


  • In Defense of Animals Volume 2 (1996)
  • Volume Fourteen - Reading '95 Special (1996)
  • FirstCom Master Series Charlie Clouser - NAILS (1997)
  • Best Alternative Volume 7 (1997)
  • Industrial Mix Machine (1997)
  • ECW Extreme Music (1998)
  • Duke Nukem (Music To Score By - the official Duke Nukem Album) (1999)
  • Twisted Metal 4 (Video Game Score) (1999)
  • Kerrang! Magazine 1999: The Finest Tracks Of The Year (1999)
  • Dark Decryption - The Electro Remix Selection Vol. 02 (2002)
  • Symphoniacal (2008)


Burning Retna on Myspace


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