Division: Contemporary Music
Program: Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television
Composer Garry Schyman explores a spectrum of sonic possibilities through evocative motifs and aleotoric dissonance. The creator of music for the multiple award-winning video game BioShock—winner of Best Original Score from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Spike TV’s Video Games Best Score Award, G4 Television’s Soundtrack of the Year, and four awards from the Game Audio Network Guild—he has emerged as one of the medium’s foremost composers. His work spans feature films, prime time television series, mini-series, movies of the week, video games, and documentaries.
Schyman studied composition at the USC Thornton School of Music and later, privately with the renowned composer George Tremblay. Just out of the university he worked for the Mike Post and Pete Carpenter organization where he worked on the team’s roster of top-rated series. Schyman also wrote the song “Praan,” for Matt Harding’s YouTube mega-hit Where the Hell is Matt (Dancing 2008). With lyrics adapted from the poem “Stream of Life,” a part of the Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, this intoxicating global melody has become a worldwide phenomenon, heard by more than 35 million people.
The scores for Schyman’s projects are recorded in the world’s preeminent studios, and he has had the opportunity to conduct some of the best musicians in the world. BioShock was tracked with a live orchestra at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, and, for Dante’s Inferno, he traveled to London to record with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Abby Road Studios.
Schyman currently teaches at his alma mater, the USC Thornton School of Music.