15 17 Oct '24

Walter Mair

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Function: Composer WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member

Walter Mair is an Ivor Novello-nominated and Telly Award-winning composer known for his captivating scores ranging from epic orchestrations recorded with 80-piece choirs to intimate, small ensemble and hybrid electronic pieces that have graced a diverse mix of feature films, documentaries, television dramas, narrative-driven interactive entertainment and video games.

In 2020, he received two Telly awards for “Best Original Music” for his scores to the BAFTA “Game of the Year” Call of Duty: Mobile as well as his score to the Netflix docuseries Formula 1: Drive to Survive. His most recent credits include the psychological horror film The Unfamiliar, the coming-of-age drama Iceland is Best, the action-thriller Knuckledust and the drama Balance Not Symmetry, which was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road and mixed by veteran Geoff Foster, whose credits include Inception and The Dark Knight.

Other credits include Oliver Hirschbiegel’s International cold war series for Netflix, The Same Sky, which premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, the Universal Pictures’ documentary feature Ronaldo, the Three Penny Opera by Joachim Lang, based on Berthold Brecht’s Beggar’s Opera, Lucid directed by Adam Morse, 3 Way Junction, and Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River starring Saorise Ronan, Matt Smith, Christina Hendricks, and Eva Mendes. His music can also be heard in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto video games, Sony’s sci-fi franchise Killzone, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction and The Creative Assembly’s Total War series.

Walter believes that the main principle of creativity is to come up with genuine sounds, and he enjoys experimenting and creating unique sonic worlds for each of his projects, using his extensive collection of analog digital synths and blending live orchestral arrangements with experimental post-recording techniques.

In 2006, Walter moved from his native Austria to London to open his own state-of-the-art recording studio in Soho and is a member of both BAFTA and The Ivors Academy.

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