JOSEPH CONLAN Film Composer: Born in Brooklyn NY, a fortuitous move at the age of five brought Joe Conlan and his family to Los Angeles to set down new roots. At the age of eight, a tortuous, stilted regimen of piano lessons began, but by age eleven a new, younger teacher had opened Joe’s eyes to the more theoretical dimensions of music and the magic of chords.
Joe began to hone his craft as early as high school, writing music for various ensembles and choirs. But it wasn’t until a friend introduced him to Earle Hagen’s seminal book, ‘Scoring For Film’ that Joe realized how he should apply his passion.
After a few years of writing commercial jingles for Santa Barbara radio stations, Joe began to work for Hagen on the TV series ‘Eight Is Enough’. This introduction to television led him to work with composers Mark Snow on ‘Starsky & Hutch’ and ‘Hart to Hart’ and Hoyt Curtin on Hanna/Barbera’s ‘Smurfs’ and ‘Popeye’.
Joe’s first screen credit soon followed when Barry De Vorzon brought him on to write the score for the new series ‘Simon & Simon’.
Joe’s musical influences reach from Lennon/McCartney and James Taylor to Claude Debussy and Aaron Copland, to Tom Scott, Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers and Irish folk music. His film scores are just as eclectic, ranging from dark psychological thrillers to romantic comedies, from conventional orchestral arrangements to electronic and more experimental instrumentation. Joe has found the colors and techniques afforded by computer software a tremendous extension of his palette. Along with his strong sense of theme and rhythm, the technique of combining conventional instrumentation with manipulated, twisted and textural sound design elements that he’s created, allows Joe to produce a distinctive score for each project.
Among the notable film directors with whom Joe has collaborated are Tobe Hooper (“Toolbox Murders”), John Badham (“Obsessed”), Gregg Champion (“The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn”) and Thomas Bezucha (“Big Eden”). His most significant television series are “NCIS”, “Simon & Simon”, “Tour of Duty” and “The Equalizer”. Joe has received Emmy nominations for “Miracle Run” (Mary-Louise Parker, Zack Efron) and “Mortal Sins” (Christopher Reeve) and won both the Undgerground Film Festival for Best Score for “No Justice” & the Rome International Film Festival for Best Song for “Finding Home” (Genevieve Bujold, Louise Fletcher). Joe has dual citizenship with the U.S. and Ireland (EU).