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Gary Chang might not be as well known as Ennio Morricone, as prolific as the
late Jerry Goldsmith or as versatile as De Masi, but in his own way, he has
survived a long time in the film world, creauing numerous scores for a
variety of productions.
Born in February of 1953, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chang grew up in a
musical family and studied this art form on his own, specializing in
electronic music. He went from being a studio musician for Herbie Hancock and
others into film scores, where he found his niche. His first notable work was
to provide additional music for The Breakfast Club (1985), which gained him his foot
in the door. He was pickedu p and used in time to come by several other noted
directors, including John Frankenheimer, who utilized his services for no less
than eight movies.
The year of 2005 was a busy one for him as it saw him working on the score for
the tv-miniseries, The Triangle, as well as Left Behind: World at War. These are of
course, only the most recent additions to his credits.
Other films which saw his work come to pass include The Island Of Dr.
Moreau (1996), with Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando, which some might contend was better than
the movie itself, The House of Usher (1988) and Murder In New Hampshire-The
Pamela Wojas Smart Story.
Among the outright horror works, the standouts include scores for Stephen King
vehicles such as The Diary of Ellen Rimhauer (2003) and Rose Red
(2001) the Stephen King
haunted house vehicles, dealing with a group of investigators going into a
haunted mansion to prove or disprove psychic phenomena. The music is fitting.
Chang was also a composer for yet another King creation, Storm Of the
with effective titles, background scores and an end theme.
For those wishing to learn more about this interesting and sometimes vastly
overlooked composer, there is a webpage devoted to him which goes into far
greater detail than this piece. It may be found at http://www.garychang.cjb.net.
Still young as far as composers go, he should hopefully have a long career in
front of him and many more projects added to his credit in time to come.
There are some CDs of his past works available, but the bulk of them are not