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Carter Burwell

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Carter Burwell

Biography

Carter Benedict Burwell (b. 18 November 1954, New York, N.Y.) is an American composer of film scores.

Mr. Burwell is a graduate of the King School (Stamford, Connecticut) and Harvard University,

In 1979 his animated film Help, I'm Being Crushed to Death by a Black Rectangle, won first place at the Jacksonville Film Festival and second place at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

From 1979 to 1981 Carter worked as Chief Computer Scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, where he wrote software for image processing, lab automation and protein analysis.

From 1982 to 1987 he worked at the New York Institute of Technology where he began as a computer modeler and animator, but ended up as director of digital sound research. During this time he worked on many computer-animated television spots and films, ultimately contributing models and animation to the Japanese anime Lensman.

Mr. Burwell has consistently collaborated with the Coen brothers, having scored most of their films, including Blood Simple, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. He has received Oscar nominations for Best Original Score for Haynes's Carol (2015) and McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

Other notable film scores include the Spike Jonze films Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Where the Wild Things Are (2009).


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