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Encyclopedia > Don Davis (composer)
Don Davis
Born February 4, 1957 (1957-02-04) (age 50)
Anaheim, California, U.S.
Occupation Film composer
Spouse Megan MacDonald

Donald Romain Davis (born February 4, 1957) is an American film score composer, conductor, and orchestrator. Best known for his work on The Matrix, he has worked on a variety of films, from horror to comedy. He is also in the process of composing an opera, entitled "Rio De Sangre." is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Anaheim redirects here. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... A film score is the background music in a film, generally specially written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... A film score is a set of musical compositions written to accompany a film. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... A conductor conducting at a ceremony A conductors score and batons Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ... Orchestration is the study or practice of writing music for orchestra (or, more loosely, for any musical ensemble) or of adapting for orchestra music composed for another medium. ... This article is about the 1999 film. ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... For other uses, see Opera (disambiguation). ...

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Early life

Davis was born in Anaheim, California. He took an early interest in music — he learned how to play the trumpet at the age of 9 (perhaps an explanation for his wide use of brass throughout his cues), and began to write short pieces at the age of 12. Anaheim redirects here. ... Trumpeter redirects here. ...


Throughout early life, he found himself interested mainly in the jazz and rock genres. After graduating from high school, Davis enrolled at UCLA. He continued his study of musical composition with tutor Henri Lazarof. Additionally, he learned orchestration from Albert Harris. During their orchestration lessons, Harris introduced Davis to the TV composer Joe Harnell, who supported Davis during his search for work — the first of which being for composer Mark Snow's Hart to Hart, a TV show based on the popular 1930's film series The Thin Man. He also worked as additional orchestrator for Michael Kamen on the film Die Hard 2: Die Harder. For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... The University of California, Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public research university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. ... Henri Lazarof (April 12, 1932 - ?) Bulgarian composer. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Mark Snow (born Martin Fulterman on 26 August 1946 in New York City) is a prolific composer for film and television. ... Hart to Hart is an American television series starring Switch alumnus, Robert Wagner as Jonathan Hart and Stefanie Powers as his wife Jennifer, who lived in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. ... For other uses, see The Thin Man (disambiguation). ... Michael Kamen (April 15, 1948 – November 18, 2003) was an American composer (especially of film scores), orchestral arranger, orchestral conductor, song writer, and session musician. ... Die Hard 2: Die Harder, the second Die Hard movie, was released on Wednesday, July 4, 1990 and starred Bruce Willis as cop John McClane. ...


Film and television scoring

Davis wrote scores mostly for television series up until 1995, in which he wrote a few of the cues for the animated Disney motion picture A Goofy Movie. He continued to score television series until the two then young directors, the Wachowski brothers, hired him to score their neo-noir film Bound. It was reasonably successful at the box office. Bound was the film which led Davis into becoming the composer for the entire Matrix trilogy. Subsequently, Davis has composed scores for films such as Jurassic Park III (recommended to the filmmakers by John Williams, the composer of the scores for the first two films in the series), House on Haunted Hill and Behind Enemy Lines. Old logo from 1985-2006 Walt Disney Pictures refers to several different entities associated with The Walt Disney Company: Walt Disney Pictures, the film banner, was established as a designation in 1983, prior to which Disney films since the death of Walt Disney were released under the name of the... A Goofy Movie is a 1995 animated feature and musical film, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation Paris and released to theatres by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution, featuring the characters from the Disney Afternoon television series Goof Troop. ... Laurence Larry Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andrew Andy Wachowski (born December 29, 1967) are American film directors and writers most famous for the Matrix series. ... Neo-noir (a portmanteau of the Greek neo, new; and the French noir, black) is a type of motion picture that prominently utilizes elements of film noir, but with updated themes, content, style or visual elements that were absent in films noir of the 1940s and 50s. ... Bound is a 1996 neo-noir film about a woman who longs to escape her relationship with a Mafioso; when she meets the alluring drifter hired to renovate the next-door apartment, the two women begin an affair and hatch a scheme to make off with $2 million of Mafia... This article is about the 1999 film. ... Jurassic Park III is a 2001 film that is the third film as part of the Jurassic Park franchise. ... For other persons named John Williams, see John Williams (disambiguation). ... House on Haunted Hill is a 1999 Warner Brothers horror movie, directed by William Malone, written by Dick Beebe and starring Geoffrey Rush as Stephen Price. ... Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 film starring Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson. ...


Davis' magnum opus is Matrix trilogy: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions. It was set apart from other film scores of its time for its atonality and avant garde style of composition, with influences from works like John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Aleatoric techniques prominent in the works of composer Witold Lutosławski. All three scores garnered wholly positive reviews from critics and fans, and the CDs sold decently. This article is about the 1999 film. ... The Matrix Reloaded is the second installment of The Matrix series, written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. ... The Matrix Revolutions is the third and final film in The Matrix trilogy. ... Atonality describes music not conforming to the system of tonal hierarchies, which characterizes the sound of classical European music between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. ... For other uses, see Avant-garde (disambiguation). ... For the Alaska-based postminimalist composer, see John Luther Adams. ... Short Ride in a Fast Machine (Fanfare for Great Woods) by John Coolidge Adams is one of the most frequently requested and performed encores in American concert-halls. ... Look up aleatory in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Witold LutosÅ‚awski at his home. ...


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Film

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Television

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External Links

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Don Davis (composer) information - Search.com (436 words)
Don Davis is a film composer, best known for his work on The Matrix trilogy where he collaborated with Juno Reactor for the final two films.
Subsequently, Davis has composed scores for films such as Jurassic Park III (recommended to the filmmakers by John Williams, the composer of the scores for the first two films in the series), House on Haunted Hills and Behind Enemy Lines.
Davis is most known for his musical work on the three films in the Matrix trilogy: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions, the third of which was hailed by critics as his best work overall.
Don Davis (composer) at AllExperts (505 words)
Davis wrote scores mostly for television series up until 1995, in which he wrote a few of the cues for the animated Disney motion picture A Goofy Movie.
Subsequently, Davis has composed scores for films such as Jurassic Park III (recommended to the filmmakers by John Williams, the composer of the scores for the first two films in the series), House on Haunted Hill and Behind Enemy Lines.
Davis' magnum opus is Matrix trilogy: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions.
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