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Arthur Benjamin Rubinstein (March 31, 1938 – April 23, 2018) was an American composer. He composed several TV series soundtracks and songs for film scores, including Video Fever and Edge of the World in the 1983 film WarGames. During the making of these soundtracks, he was a member of the band The Beepers. He has frequently been hired by film director John Badham, and the majority of his movie soundtracks are found in Badham's work, including Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981), Blue Thunder (1983), Stakeout (1987), The Hard Way (1991), Another Stakeout (1993), and Nick of Time (1995).

Arthur B. Rubinstein
Birth nameArthur Benjamin Rubinstein
Born(1938-03-31)March 31, 1938
Brooklyn, New York, United States
DiedApril 23, 2018(2018-04-23) (aged 80)
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Composer, Conductor
InstrumentsPiano, Synthesizer
Years active1971–2002
Associated actsThe Beepers

In 1983 Rubinstein created the score to Blue Thunder (which he composed, conducted and produced) using various synthesizers, a popular instrument of the 80's era.

In the score Rubinstein used these synthesizers in a symphonic manner by combining them with brass, percussion and string ensembles. Using the Synclavier II (a digital computer instrument) and dubbing this with both the Jupiter, the Prophet and the Moog analog synthesizers, Rubinstein also created a very unusual sound by placing a microphone inside a large empty water bottle and placing it underneath a Steinway grand piano.

His many other film and TV movie scores include The Great Bank Hoax (1978), On the Right Track (1981), The Phoenix (1982), Deal of the Century (1983), The Cartier Affair (1984), It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (1984), Lost in America (1985), Murder in Space (1985), The Best of Times (1986), Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star (1986), Love Among Thieves (1987), Once Upon a Texas Train (1988), Inherit the Wind (1988) and Dead Man's Island (1996).

He died on April 23, 2018 from cancer at the age of 80.[1]


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