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The "Last" Top Forty Countdown, Part Five: Composers On The Rise
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/26/2016 - 9:00 PM
RYAN AMON 
 
AGE: Unavailable
BIRTHPLACE: Elkhorn, Wisconsin
REPRESENTATION: Gorfaine/Schwartz
BACKGROUND: McNally Smith College of Music, recipient of BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship, trailer composer
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Elysium--93 (U.S. gross in millions)
 
It was Ryan Amon’s work as a trailer composer that rapidly transformed him from a virtual unknown to the composer of a $100 million-plus Matt Damon sci-fi action movie from an Oscar-nominated filmmaker. Neill Blomkamp, whose feature debut District 9 was a box-office smash and a surprise Best Picture nominee, was inspired to hire Amon when he heard one of the composer’s trailer pieces on a fan-posted YouTube video, and signed him to score his sophomore feature, Elysium. The pair worked closely on the score, with Amon giving the film what he called “a melding of organic synthesis and orchestral instrumentation.” While grossing a respectable $93 million in the United States (and a much more impressive $193 million in other countries), the film was considered a disappointment, especially compared to the lauded District 9, and while at one point Amon was announced to score Blomkamp’s third feature, Chappie, that troubled film ended up with a Hans Zimmer score and was released last year to weak box-office and worse reviews. Though he has not yet scored another feature, he was one of several composers whose music was featured in Michael Mann’s 2015 cyberthriller Blackhat, and last year he scored the videogame Bloodborne
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