One of ISFMF’s panelists and lecturers will be Varèse Sarabande‘s VP Robert Townson, one of the most important persons in the world of film music.
For over twenty years, record producer Robert Townson has led one of the most successful and prolific careers in both the Hollywood and world film music communities. His career has focused on both the most successful films of today as well as providing an invaluable chronicle of many of the greatest motion picture scores from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Spring of 2010 has seen the highly anticipated release of Townson’s 1000th album.
Taking over production at Varèse Sarabande Records in 1989, his first project for the company was the Grammy®-nominated album from Ginger-Ale Afternoon, composed by Blues legend Willie Dixon. Quickly following this, Townson produced the soundtracks for the Academy Award-winning Driving Miss Daisy, featuring the music of Hans Zimmer, as well as the acclaimed Irish film My Left Foot, featuring a score by the legendary Elmer Bernstein. 1990 saw Townson produce CDs for no fewer than seven of the summer’s top eleven films including the platinum-selling Ghost, plus Back To The Future Part III, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Jerry Goldsmith’s scores for both Total Recall and Gremlins 2, John Williams’ Presumed Innocent and the sequel to Robocop.
The string of successes has continued, uninterrupted, ever since, including:
The Abyss, Predator (1 and 2), Die Hard (1, 2 and 4), Big, Dead Poet’s Society, The Grifters, Green Card, City Slickers, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Father Of The Bride,Basic Instinct, My Cousin Vinny, The Player, Unforgiven, The Crow, Babe, Air Force One, L.A. Confidential, Blade, Pleasantville, The Scream Trilogy, You’ve Got Mail, The Matrix, The Iron Giant, The Sixth Sense, Cast Away, Shrek (1, 2 and 3), In The Bedroom, Far From Heaven, Unfaithful, The Bourne Identity (and Supremacy), Ice Age (1, 2 and 3), Bruce Almighty, Sin City, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, X-Men: The Last Stand, United 93, The Lives Of Others, Night At The Museum(1 and 2), The Holiday, Charlie Wilson’s War, American Gangster, Horton Hears A Who!, Changeling, The Visitor, Frost/Nixon, the Grammy®-nominated albums forMillion Dollar Baby, Blood Diamond and Star Trek, along with the Oscar®-nominated scores from House Of Sand And Fog, The Good German and Michael Clayton are just a few. Townson has produced soundtracks for such television series as Lost, Alias, 24,True Blood and The Tudors, plus such epic television productions as John Adams,Masada, The Thorn Birds, North And South, The Mists Of Avalon, and Children Of Dune.
In addition to his always-full schedule of new film soundtracks, Townson has, over this same period, restored and released CDs of the original motion picture soundtracks from such film and film music classics as Taxi Driver (Bernard Herrmann), Chinatown (Jerry Goldsmith), Lawrence of Arabia (Maurice Jarre), The Great Escape (Elmer Bernstein), Touch of Evil (Henry Mancini), Casino Royale (Burt Bacharach), The Omen(Jerry Goldsmith), Cleopatra (Alex North), Ghostbusters (Elmer Bernstein), and Bernard Herrmann’s landmark score from Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo, produced in conjunction with Universal’s theatrical re-release of the film in 1996. With much more than 1,000 albums to his credit, Robert Townson remains the most prolific producer of soundtrack albums in the world.