Robert Townson

 


As the most prolific producer of film music in the world, Robert Townson has been averaging one new album release a week for over twenty-five years now. His work focuses not only on the most successful blockbusters of today but has, from the very beginning, made a priority of restoring and releasing the priceless musical treasures of Hollywood?s glorious history. In July of 2010, Townson celebrated the release of his 1000th album.

Townson?s first album release was Jerry Goldsmith?s The Final Conflict in 1986. Another early project was the Grammy?-nominated album Ginger-Ale Afternoon, composed by Blues legend Willie Dixon. Quickly following this, Townson produced the soundtracks for the Academy Award?-winning "Driving Miss Daisy" (Hans Zimmer) and "My Left Foot" (Elmer Bernstein). 1990 saw Townson produce CDs for seven of the summer?s top eleven films including the platinum-selling "Ghost", plus "Back To The Future Part III", "Die Hard 2: Die Harder", "Robocop 2", Jerry Goldsmith?s scores for both "Total Recall" and "Gremlins 2", and John Williams? "Presumed Innocent".

The string of successes has continued, uninterrupted, ever since: "The Abyss", "Predator" (1 and 2), "Die Hard" (1, 2 and 4), "Big, Dead Poet?s Society", "The Grifters", "Green Card", "City Slickers", "Father Of The Bride", "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", "Basic Instinct", "The Player", "Unforgiven", T"he Secret Garden", "The Crow", "A Little Princess", "Babe", "Air Force One", "L.A. Confidential", "Blade", "Pleasantville", "Scream" (1, 2, 3 and 4), "You?ve Got Mail", "The Matrix", "The Iron Giant", "The Sixth Sense", "Gone In 60 Seconds", "Cast Away", "Rush Hour" (2 and 3), "Shrek" (1, 2, 3 and 4), "Far From Heaven", "Unfaithful", "The Bourne Identity" (and "Supremacy" and "Legacy"), "Ice Age" (1, 2, 3 and 4), "Bruce (and Evan) Almighty", "Elf", "Sin City", "The Italian Job", "Meet The Fockers" (and "Little Fockers"), "M:i:III" (and "Ghost Protocol"), "X-Men: The Last Stand", "Fast &?Furious" (3, 4 and 5), "Night At The Museum" (and "Smithsonian"), "Frost/Nixon", "Grey Gardens", "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes", "Super 8", "The Help", "Albert Nobbs", "Rio", "The Ides Of March", "Kung Fu Panda 2", "The Lorax", the Grammy?-nominated albums for "Million Dollar Baby", "Blood Diamond" and "Star Trek" along with the Oscar?-nominated scores from "House Of Sand And Fog", "The Good German", "Michael Clayton" and "How To Train Your Dragon". Next up: "Star Trek Into Darkness". Townson has produced soundtracks for the television series "Lost", "Alias", "24", "True Blood", "Spartacus", "Fringe and The Tudors", plus such epic television productions as "John Adams", "The Thorn Birds", "North And South", "Mildred Pierce", "House Of Cards" and "Game Of Thrones".

In addition to his always-full schedule of new film soundtracks, Townson has, over this same period, restored and released CDs of the soundtracks from such film and film music classics as "Taxi Driver", "Chinatown", "Lawrence Of Arabia", "The Great Escape", "Touch Of Evil", "Casino Royale", "The Omen", "Cleopatra" and "Ghostbusters".

Townson has also been steadily producing the most comprehensive series of new recordings of classic film scores ever undertaken ??traveling to Glasgow and London over the years with the likes of Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Joel McNeely, John Debney and Cliff Eidelman. This series included such scores as Alex North?s legendary unused score from Stanley Kubrick?s "2001: A Space Odyssey", plus "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Who?s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?", "Patton", "The Sand Pebbles", "To Kill A Mockingbird", "Out Of Africa", "Born Free", "Somewhere In Time", "Body Heat", "Sunset Boulevard", "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Great Escape". The series of Bernard Herrmann recordings included "Citizen Kane", "Psycho", "North By Northwest", "Vertigo", "Fahrenheit 451", "The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad", and "The Day The Earth Stood Still", which was nominated for a 2003 Grammy? award.

Townson began producing a series of film music concerts during his days with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Jerry Goldsmith?s 70th birthday as well as Elmer Bernstein?s 75th, and an ongoing series of programs conducted by Joel McNeely, set the stage for the international events that are occurring so frequently today.

These have included the International Film Music Conference in Úbeda, Spain, the Fimucité Festival on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium, and the Film Music Festival in Krakow, Poland. In August of 2011, Townson produced the official Abbey Road Studios 80th Anniversary Concert in London, which featured Joel McNeely and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Townson?s summer 2012 schedule included the official Universal Pictures 100th Anniversary Concert, with the Tenerife Symphony, and also a collaboration with the Royal Air Force Band for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. In February 2012, Townson journeyed to Macau, China to produce and host the historic first-ever film music concert in this region. On May 11, 2013 Robert produced and hosted the historic Varese Sarabande 35th Anniversary Concert Gala with Southern California?s Golden State Pops Orchestra. His featured guests included composer Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Michael Giacchino, Brian Tyler, flutist Sara Andon and so many more.

In July 2010, Robert unveiled his 1,000th album ? a deluxe box set presentation of Alex North?s masterpiece, Spartacus. With now over 1,200 albums to his credit, Robert Townson remains the most prolific producer of soundtrack albums in the world.