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John Van Tongeren
Also known as JVT
Genres Film scores
Occupations Composer, Music Producer, Songwriter
Years active 1980s–present

John Van Tongeren is a music composer, mainly for films and television series.



Van Tongeren began his career as one of the original members of Media Ventures (now Remote Control Productions). During his time at Media Ventures Van Tongeren worked on films such as Thelma and Louise, True Romance and Drop Zone with Hans Zimmer. He also collaborated with Mark Mancina on Speed, Moll Flanders, Fair Game, Assassins and Twister.

Van Tongeren then began to compose music for television series, including Poltergeist: The Legacy and the nineties revival of The Outer Limits, which he won awards for. Van Tongeren again collaborated with Mancina the the Speed sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control, and then he worked with Trevor Rabin on the 1998 film Armageddon.

Outside of film and television Van Tongeren was asked to work on three orchestrated interludes and production for the late Jazz drummer Tony Williams' 1996 album Wilderness. Van Tongeren has also worked with Chicago, Robbie Nevil, John Parr, Starship, Jeff Beck, Quincy Jones and Al Jarreau. Van Tongeren also owns The Blue Room, a recording studio in Los Angeles.

In the 2000s Van Tongeren continued working on film scores, such as xXx with Randy Edelman, The Passion of the Christ with John Debney, and the Disney film The Cheetah Girls. He also scored more sci-fi television series including The 4400, for which he won an award. His songwriting has led to platinum CDs for The Rhythm of The Pridelands - Disney and The Cheetah Girls soundtrack, as well as hit single for Starship, It's Not over, till It's Over and 3 songs on the Wall-E Inspired by CD.


Van Tongeren has won numerous awards, the most prestigious of which have been a BMI Award and two Gemini Awards.

In 2005 Van Tongeren won a BMI Cable Award for the television series The 4400; which he shared with Tim P., Stephen Phillips, George S. Clinton and Claude Foisy. In 2000 and 2001 Van Tongeren won the Gemini Award for Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series, for The Outer Limits; these were for the episodes "Tribunal" and "Simon Says" respectively.



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