Michael Giacchino (IPA chart for Italian [dʒaˈkkino]) (born 1967, Riverside Township, New Jersey) is an Academy Award-nominated American soundtrack composer who has composed several multi-award winning scores for many popular movies, television series and video games. His scores are notable for their use of brass. Giacchino grew up in Edgewater Park Township, New Jersey and graduated from Holy Cross High School in Delran, New Jersey. He attended the Evening Division at the Juilliard School; as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he acquired a degree in film production and a minor degree in History.
Giacchino's work on the various video games led to his first work on television. In 2001, J.J. Abrams, producer of the television series Alias, discovered Giacchino through his work on the video games and tapped Giacchino to provide the new show's soundtrack. The soundtrack featured a mix of full orchestral pieces, often mixed with upbeat electronic music, a departure from much of his previous work. Giacchino would also provide the score for J.J. Abrams's project, the 2004 television series, Lost, which was an acclaimed soundtrack that used a unique process of using spare pieces of a plane fuselage for the percussions. His score for Lost is notable for a signature thematic motif - a brass fall-off at the end of certain themes. In 2004, Giacchino was given his first big feature film composition, when he was called on to provide the soundtrack for the Pixar film, The Incredibles. Director Brad Bird had heard Giacchino's work on Alias and asked him to work on the soundtrack for the new movie. The upbeat jazz orchestral sound was a departure in sound not only for Giacchino but for Pixar, who had previously relied on the works of Randy and Thomas Newman for all of its films. Brad Bird had originally sought out John Barry, who was best known for composing many of the early James Bond movie soundtracks, to compose the music, but was reportedly unwilling to write music for an animated movie. Giacchino was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2005 for his work The Incredibles: Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media and Best Instrumental Composition. Giacchino also composed scores for the 2005 films, Sky High and The Family Stone, and the television movie, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. In addition, he wrote the music for Joseph Barbera's final theatrical Tom and Jerry cartoon: The KarateGuard, premiering in Los Angeles theatres on September 27, 2005. Giacchino also composed the score for the movie Mission: Impossible III, directed by J. J. Abrams, which was released on May 5 2006. Giacchino's latest musical achievement is his Paris-inspired score for the newest Disney-Pixar film, Ratatouille, which includes the theme song, Le Festin performed by French artist Camille. He has received his first Academy Award nomination for this score. His latest soundtrack was for the Speed Racer remake.
Giacchino has continued his collaboration with J. J. Abrams. He wrote an homage to Japanese monster scores in an overture entitled "ROAR!" which played over the credits of the Abrams-produced monster movie Cloverfield. It was the only original music for the entire film. He is also the composer of the new Abrams' show, Fringe. Giacchino is also scheduled to score Abrams' upcoming Star Trek film.
Giacchino has constantly made references to previous tracks on his scores. For example, there is a track in The Incredibles score called "100 Mile Dash", and the CD with the score from Ratatouille has another track entitled "100 Rat Dash". Also, the Lost first score CD has a track entitled "World's Worst Beach Party",the Mission: Impossible III soundtrack has the track entitled "World’s Worst Last 4 Minutes To Live" and the Speed Racer score has a track entitled "World's Worst Road Rage".
|Fringe||2008 - present||Television series|
|Turning Point: Fall of Liberty||2007||Video game|
|Medal of Honor: Airborne||2007||Video game|
|Mission: Impossible III||2006||Film|
|Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World||2006||Film|
|One Man Band||2005||Short film|
|The Family Stone||2005||Film|
|Space Mountain||2005||Theme park attraction|
|The Muppets' Wizard of Oz||2005||Television movie|
|Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction||2005||Video game|
|Call of Duty: Finest Hour||2004||Video game|
|The Incredibles Game||2004||Video game|
|Lost||2004 - present||Television series|
|Secret Weapons Over Normandy||2003||Video game|
|Call of Duty||2003||Video game|
|Medal of Honor: Frontline||2002||Video game|
|Medal of Honor: Allied Assault||2002||Video game|
|Alias||2001 - 2006||Television series|
|Medal of Honor: Underground||2000||Video game|
|My Brother the Pig||1999||Film|
|Medal of Honor||1999||Video game|
|Warpath: Jurassic Park||1999||Video game|
|T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger||1999||Video game|
|Chaos Island||1997||Video game|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park||1997||Video game|