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 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I heard that film composer Doug timm was murdered in 1989, does anyone else know of a film composer who was killed?

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 8:00 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Ah, no--- who's Doug Timm?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 8:10 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

MR Timm, was an up and coming composer in the mid eighties who composed music for about a dozen films, like Mission hill- Terror in the isles[co- composer], Streetwalkin,Fortune dane, U.S marshals, Waco and Rinehart, Winners take all, The man who fell to earth,Nightflyers,Dirty Dozen/Danko's dozen etc etc, films that were from Touchstone, MGM, UA, New century/ Vista etc, i really liked his Fell to earth score in 87.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Hmmm, never registered with me. Don't even remember seeing his name in credits. Sorry he died.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 8:31 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

At least one of his soundtracks was released by Varese Sarabande:

Nightflyers (1987)

Doug Timm - Nightflyers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Label: Varèse Sarabande
Catalog#: STV 81344
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Classical, Electronic, Stage & Screen
Style: Dark Ambient, Abstract, Score, Experimental
Credits:
Composed By, Performed By, - Doug Timm
Executive Producer - Richard Kraft
Mastered By - Ric Hancock
Producer - Doug Timm
Sequenced By - Tom Null

He was murdered by two men he had invited into his home. They were reported to have been caught with some of his music equipment in their possession.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 2:39 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I heard that film composer Doug timm was murdered in 1989, does anyone else know of a film composer who was killed?

No, not off the top of my head, but film music agent Ronnie Chasen was killed not too long ago. The concert in Ghent this year will be a tribute to her.

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 2:41 AM   
 By:   spanosdm   (Member)

Totally off-topic (sorry for that), but the knowledge dan the man seems to have regarding film music is amazing.
Dan, why did you join the forum just months ago? Where have you been all those years?

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Check out GARY MCFARLAND - known best outside film, but very promising film composer judging by EYE OF THE DEVIL

(Buy EYE, by the way, it's a fantastic score.)

Not so much murdered - at least not with intent of murder - but (as I understand it) life cut short due to someone thinking it would be a good idea to spike his drink with Methodone. Tragic. Bassed on the EYE score, he had the kind of inventiveness and verve to make it to the top.

There is a film about him:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0314096/
http://thisisgarymcfarland.com/Gary-McFarland_film

(Just for once, I won't sign off with "Cheers")

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 3:55 AM   
 By:   Frank V   (Member)

Doug Timm also worked together with Barry De Vorzon on Night of the Creeps released by La-La Land.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   fleming   (Member)

French film composer Maurice Jaubert was killed in action during WWII.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   felix_kreuter   (Member)

Actor "Sal Mineo" was also murdered.

"The adolescent Mineo dies of a stab wound during a 1976 robbery." (FSMO A Mineo Medley: Movie Music for a Forgotten Actor)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

To SPANOSDM- Thanks for the compliments, i been observing the board for a while now, i bought Lukas's mag when it was just a few pages years ago, at that time i was thinking of really helping MR Kendall with money to expand what he wanted to do.But certain ventures in the entertainment industry i was working in didn't panned out as well as i hope back then, Matter of fact Lukas once said to me, you don't have to give me money, you probably need it more then me, this was around 90 or 91.The great thing is MR Kendall knew what he was doing and he did expand it to new heights.i did a few fanzines through the years on film music and have been interested in it since i was very young.The most time consuming thing in the film music scene i have done was being a vendor in the big apple selling thousands and thousands of film soundtrack lp's and other music in the 90's.Not only sold to the basic public but had special people who i would get soundtracks from their want lists.Of course the most time consuming thing I did in the entertainment industry was making movies.which by the way included music score editing, lyrics and composing.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

The NIGHTFLYERS cd is a nice tribute to this composer, not a bad score
either - kind of 'Blade Runner lite', which is what the director wanted.
I can still hear an individual voice in it though. Would be nice if there
was a way to do a compilation of his orchestral work somehow - there
were a couple titles referenced in the 'FLYERS notes I would like to hear.

And anyone associated with TERROR IN THE AISLES is an f'ing genius
in my book.

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   On the Score   (Member)

A tragedy indeed. You can read my about Doug in my liner notes to NIGHT OF THE CREEPS and NIGHTFLYERS. He had a cool, distinctive voice as an electronic composer that captivated me, and I was honored to be able to write about his too-short contributions to the genre. I'm convinced he could've become a major talent had fate given him the chance.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 7:20 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

I had forgotten you were the scribe on these notes, Dan - since you
reminded me, I wanted to thank you for your always well written
and accessible notes, your one of the best. I'm a big fan of liner's,
and you are one of the best - always easy to tell when there is
"re-read" value in these smile

I think it was a nice, posthumous tribute for Varese to get 'FLYERS
out there on disc.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2014 - 9:06 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Can anyone come up with another real tragedy that occurred with film composers, besides dying young from illness.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2014 - 9:17 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Can anyone come up with another real tragedy that occurred with film composers, besides dying young from illness.

James Newton Howard post-Batman?

Kind of a dark topic to continually explore, Dan!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2014 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

The good news is I guess it is hard to come up with much on this topic, Which is wonderful.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2014 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Elliot Goldenthal was leaning back in a chair in his kitchen one morning, when it fell backward. He hit his head and sustained brain damage. This cut his music career short, and I'm not sure he has really written a lot since, though he has been working with Julie Taymor, his Significant Other. The most recent score he has written, as far as I can tell, was for her film version of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST (2010).

I know he wasn't associated at all, as far as I can tell, with that debacle she was part of, the SPIDERMAN TURN OFF THE DARK Broadway musical....

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2014 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

The biggest tragedy is that many current film composers took up music in the first place. Better if they'd become electricians or software engineers instead.

 
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