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Tyler Bates

Tyler Bates
Bates at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2014
Background information
Birth name Tyler L Bates
Born (1965-06-05) June 5, 1965 [1]
Los Angeles
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts Marilyn Manson,
Website .comtylerbates

Tyler Bates is a music producer and composer for films, television, and video games.[2] His recent work includes James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, which has become one of the highest grossing domestic movies of 2014. Bates previously scored Gunn's movies Slither (2006) and Super (2010).


  • Biography 1
    • Film scoring 1.1
    • Video game scoring 1.2
    • Other projects 1.3
  • Works 2
    • Film score 2.1
    • TV Show soundtracks 2.2
    • Video games soundtracks 2.3
    • Own work 2.4
    • With Marilyn Manson 2.5
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Film scoring

Bates has composed scores for films including Rob Zombie's Halloween, Halloween II, and The Devil's Rejects; on Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen, and Sucker Punch; on Neil Marshall's Doomsday; on Gregory Dark's See No Evil; and on Ti West's The Sacrament.

In 2011, he scored Emilio Estevez's The Way, William Friedkin's Killer Joe, Marcus Nispel's Conan the Barbarian, and Chris Gorak's The Darkest Hour.

Bates composed the score for Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. Having worked with James Gunn in the past, Bates had a good idea on how Gunn wanted things done. Before any of the cinematography actually started, Gunn had Bates write several themes prior to shooting so the scene could be matched to the music instead of the score being created to fit the scene. This required a fair bit of cooperation between Bates and Gunn in advance since these scores would not only be the final piece, instead of a temporary filler acting as a place holder, but they also influenced the actual performance of everyone on set. This amount of work and effort required a massive undertaking by both Bates and his team. For 4 months, they clocked upwards of 100 hour work weeks to produce this finished product.[3] After all the work, they had a total of 29 different soundtracks giving a combined total of 64:34 of music.[4] "At least half the cues in the movie have more than 500 tracks of audio," Bates was quoted in an interview with Melinda Newman on HitFix. This was a result of there being orchestral passages that were doubled or tripled, choirs, overdubs, and other instrumentals.

Video game scoring

Bates composed the soundtrack for the PlayStation 3 games God of War: Ascension and Army of Two: The 40th Day, as well as the PlayStation 4 game Killzone Shadow Fall.

Other projects

In 2014, Bates co-wrote & produced Marilyn Manson's record The Pale Emperor. The album debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200, while the single "Deep Six" went on to chart higher than any other single by Marilyn Manson on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart. Bates joined the band in 2015 as the lead guitarist for The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour. The album's song "Cupid Carries a Gun" was used as the opening title music of the TV show Salem, and Bates composed the show's score.[5]

He left Marilyn Manson in April 2015 to resume film work.

In October 2015, during a Q&A with Marilyn Manson at the Grammy Museum, Manson announced that he and Tyler were working on new music together again.[6]


Film score

Year Film Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1993 Blue Flame Cassian Elwes
  • Silver Shadow Pictures
Composed with George Andrian
1994 Tammy and the T-Rex Stewart Raffill
  • Greenline Productions
Composed with Jack Conrad and Anthony Riparetti
1995 Deep Down John Travers
  • Penn-Eden West Pictures Inc.
1995 Ballistic Kim Bass N/A N/A
1995 Not Like Us Dave Payne N/A
1995 Criminal Hearts Dave Payne N/A
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Stephen T. Kay N/A
1998 Denial Adam Rifkin
  • A-Pix Entertainment Inc.
1998 Suicide, the Comedy Glen Freyer
  • Alibi Entertainment Inc.
1999 Born Bad Jeff Yonis
  • Concorde-New Horizons
1999 Thicker than Water Richard Cummings, Jr
  • First Write Productions
  • Hoo-Bangin'
  • Marsmedia
  • Priority Films
Composed with Quincy Jones III
2000 Get Carter Stephen Kay N/A
2001 Kingdom Come Doug McHenry Composed with John E. Rhone
2001 What's the Worst That Could Happen? Sam Weisman N/A
2001 Night at the Golden Eagle Adam Rifkin N/A
2002 Lone Star State of Mind David Semel N/A
2002 Love and a Bullet Ben Ramsey Kantz
  • Key Entertainment
  • Ramcity Productions
Composed with Wolfgang Matthes
2002 City of Ghosts Matt Dillon N/A
2002 Half Past Dead Don Michael Paul
  • Franchise Pictures
2003 Baadasssss! Mario Van Peebles
  • Bad Aaas Cinema
  • MVP Films
  • Showtime Networks
2004 You Got Served Chris Stokes
  • Gotta Dance Inc.
  • Melee Entertainment
  • Screen Gems
  • The Ultimate Group Films
2004 Dawn of the Dead Zack Snyder N/A
2005 The Devil's Rejects Rob Zombie
  • Cinelamda
2006 Slither James Gunn N/A
2006 See No Evil Gregory Dark N/A
2006 300 Zack Snyder N/A
2007 Halloween Rob Zombie
  • Dimension Films
  • Nightfall Productions
  • Trancas International Films
  • Screen Gems
  • Spectacle Entertainment Group
2008 Doomsday Neil Marshall N/A
2008 Day of the Dead Steve Miner N/A
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Scott Derrickson N/A
2009 Watchmen Zack Snyder N/A
2009 Halloween II Rob Zombie
  • Dimension Films
  • Spectacle Entertainment Group
  • Trancas International Films
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Rob Zombie N/A
2010 Super James Gunn N/A
2010 The Way Emilio Estevez N/A
2011 Sucker Punch Zack Snyder Composed with Marius de Vries
2011 Conan the Barbarian Marcus Nispel N/A
2011 Killer Joe William Friedkin N/A
2013 Movie 43 Various Composed with Christophe Beck, David J. Hodge, Leo Birenberg and William Goodrum
2013 The Sacrament Ti West
  • Arcade Pictures
  • Worldview Entertainment
2014 Not Safe for Work Joe Johnston N/A
2014 7500 Takashi Shimizu N/A
2014 The Darkest Hour Chris Gorak N/A
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn N/A
2014 John Wick David Leich, Chad Stahelski
  • MJW Films
  • Thunder Road Pictures
Composed with Joel J. Richard

TV Show soundtracks

Video games soundtracks

Own work

With Marilyn Manson


  1. ^ Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Famed Composer Tyler Bates to Score ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY.". Leisure and Travel Week  – via Highbeam (subscription required) . October 31, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ Marilyn Manson Streams “Cupid Carries A Gun”
  6. ^

External links

  • Tyler Bates' Website (includes samples of music and many video clips from movies worked on)
  • Tyler Bates at the Internet Movie Database
  • Tyler Bates Interview on KCRW featuring Watchmen Soundtrack
  • Tyler Bates being interviewed at the Grammy Museum
  • Shock Till you Drop Exclusive Interview
  • Tyler Bate Interview at
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