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Harald Kloser

Ep. 66 - Harald Kloser
The Day After Tomorrow: The Award-Winning Film Composer

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Paul and Scott drive over to Harald’s Hollywood office to get his thoughts on the distinction between a songwriter and a composer; what derailed his dream career as a singer/songwriter; how being a Beatles fan led to his interest in composing; the reason technology made it possible for him to pursue his career; why the mark of a great score is that it goes unnoticed; what happened that caused him to refuse to speak to superstar director Roland Emmerich for nearly a year; how an Oscar-winning film editor responded when Harald re-cut his work while scoring The Day After Tomorrow; why he wanted to create the music for one of his films using only bones and primitive instruments;  the reason he wishes editors would stop using temp tracks; and the ways that advancements in sound design have left less space for music in today’s movies.   

Austrian musician, film composer, producer, and screenwriter Harald Kloser began his career in Europe playing in a band and collaborating with pop artists such as Falco. As a musician he appeared on recording projects by Tom Waits, Jose Feliciano, Elton John, Al Jarreau, and others. After a career scoring for television, Harald eventually broke through to national prominence with his work on Alien vs. Predator and the sci-fi disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal. Both films were directed by Roland Emmerich, with whom Kloser went on to work on 10,000 B.C. and 2012, starring John Cusack. Though the two films were scored by Harald, he also co-wrote the scripts with Emmerich. In addition to creating the score for the movie Anonymous, Harald served as both composer and film producer on the recent hits White House Down, starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, and Independence Day: Resurgence, starring Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum. He has won three BMI Film & TV Awards for Alien vs. Predator, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012


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