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Clint Mansell

Background information
Birth name Clinton Darryl Mansell
Born 7 January 1963 (1963-01-07) (age 47)
Origin Coventry, England, UK
Genres Classical
Contemporary classical
Occupations Musician, Composer
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts Pop Will Eat Itself

Clint Mansell (born Clinton Darryl Mansell, 7 January 1963, Coventry, England) is a British musician, composer, and former lead singer and guitarist of Pop Will Eat Itself.




Pop career

Mansell was the lead singer and guitarist of the British band Pop Will Eat Itself. After the disbanding of PWEI in 1996, Mansell broke into the world of film scoring when his friend, director Darren Aronofsky, hired him to score his debut film, π. He also performed some of the vocals on the 1999 album The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails

Soundtrack composer

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Mansell's score for π was followed up by his score for Aronofsky's next film, Requiem for a Dream, which became a cult hit.

Other notable achievements include the theme for the film The Hole, the music for the pilot episode of CSI: NY, and the score for Aronofsky's later films The Fountain, which was nominated for Best Original Score in the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards, and The Wrestler.[1] Mansell has most recently contributed the score to HBO's Voyeur. The song was also used as the base theme for the song "Throw It Up" by Lil Jon.

Mansell has garnered a cult following for his soundtrack work, so much that Smokin' Aces director Joe Carnahan admits to receiving "blatant threats" when the soundtrack was released without much of Mansell's score for the film. This led to releasing a platinum edition soundtrack which is all Mansell's music. The album included the following insert explaining the situation:

Clint Mansell likes it rough..., I mean it. We engaged him on 'Smokin' the way you would a contract killer. Here's a name and a bring us back a body...that's about as much he was given to go on. Well that and about six weeks to compose the entire score... ...and I think he prefers it that way. If you have NO times and innumerable complications, then Clint Mansell is your man. THE man. All clutch. He's that freak from the bomb squad who sits, pliers perched, waiting for the countdown clock to hit '00:01' before he starts snipping wires. And he killed this one. Somehow managing to stitch the most wildly divergent disassociative elements of 'Smokin' Aces' into a singular theme. Bravo old boy. You've earned every last bottle of beer I piled into your fridge...and then drank before you did. I'm most pleased and selfishly so i might add, that Lakeshore decided to give the score its own separate album. The amount of blatant threats and promises of bloodletting I received from this cultish, hardcore fan base that claim Clint as their pagan savior was enough to drive me into hiding. I hope 'Clint Crazier' are so sated by their master's latest musical offering and would only ask that they stop driving by my house in the middle of the night, playing the 'Requiem' score at full volume. I get it, you were pissed, but now the neighbors are circulating a petition so knock it off. JC

Film trailers

The trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers contained a rearranged version of the track "Lux Aeterna", using a full orchestra and choir. The piece, named "Requiem for a Tower", was recorded specially for the trailer. The orchestration was arranged by Simone Benyacar, Dan Nielsen, and Veigar Margeirsson.

"Lux Aeterna" has since become popular, with both the original and the "Requiem for a Tower" version having appeared in a wide variety of advertisements and trailers, including the trailer for the Red SoxYankees games in the 2007 Major League Baseball season, and trailers for the films Zathura, The Da Vinci Code, Sunshine, Babylon A.D. and the TV series Lost and Top Gear. It is also used on Sky Sports News and as the theme for Soccer Saturday.

The piece "Death Is the Road to Awe" from the score for The Fountain was featured in a trailer for the 2007 film I Am Legend, and the trailer for the film The Mist, as well as the trailer for the film Frost/Nixon, and toward the end of 2007 The Final Cut trailer for Blade Runner.

Scoring credits


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