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Clinton Darryl "Clint" Mansell (/ˈmænsəl/; born 7 January 1963) is an English musician and composer who was the lead singer of the band Pop Will Eat Itself[1][2] before embarking on a successful career as a film-score composer.

Clint Mansell
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Mansell with the Sonus Quartet, playing in Union Chapel, London, 20 July 2009
Background information
Birth nameClinton Darryl Mansell
Born (1963-01-07) 7 January 1963 (age 56)
OriginCoventry, England
GenresFilm score, alternative rock, electronic, industrial rock, classical
Occupation(s)Musician, film score composer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, guitar, bass
Years active1981–present
Associated actsPop Will Eat Itself

Mansell moved to the United States after the demise of his band and started working with film director, Darren Aronofsky. He has subsequently become a successful, award-winning, Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated film composer,[3] collaborating extensively with Aronofsky, and also writing scores for dozens of other films (both shorts and features), TV series and video games.[4]

He now lives in Los Angeles,[5] composing and occasionally touring live versions of his work.[6] A pioneer of sampling in his own work, Mansell's work is now a favourite with sampling musicians.[7]


Pop careerEdit

For a decade from their foundation in 1986, Mansell was a member of Pop Will Eat Itself, as a lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and writer or co-writer of many of the band's songs.[8] The band were pioneers of sampling and electronic music in the UK alternative rock scene, bringing influences from hip hop, industrial music, house and other dance genres into their music. In the United States, PWEI were signed in 1994 to Nothing Records the label owned by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Mansell and Reznor, a long time fan of PWEI, became friends after Mansell moved to New York, and Mansell subsequently performed backing vocals on nine Inch Nails' 1999 album The Fragile.[9]

Soundtrack composerEdit

Mansell started composing film soundtracks when director Darren Aronofsky hired him to score his debut film, Pi, in 1996.[10] He also wrote the score for Aronofsky's next film, Requiem for a Dream, which became a cult hit.[10][11] The film's primary composition "Lux Aeterna" was popular, appearing in adverts, film trailers[12][13][14] and YouTube videos labelled as Epic Music. Mansell has composed the music to every subsequent Aronofsky film with the sole exception of mother!.[15]

Film trailersEdit

The trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers used an orchestral and choral arrangement of "Lux Aeterna", [12] called "Requiem for a Tower".[12] This orchestration was arranged by Simone Benyacar, Dan Nielsen and Veigar Margeirsson.[12]

The original "Lux Aeterna" and "Requiem for a Tower" arrangements have been used in Zathura: A Space Adventure, The Da Vinci Code,[13] Sunshine, Babylon A.D., Lost, Top Gear, Soccer Saturday, EuroSport LIVE, and America's Got Talent.

Mansell's theme from the film Moon appears on the trailer for The Iron Lady[16] and the computer game Aliens: Colonial Marines.[17]

Publishing DealEdit

In February 2019, Mansell signed a publishing deal with Decca Publishing, a division in Decca Music that brought his catalogue of more than 650 original pieces, including his Pop Will Eat Itself work, under a single umbrella for the first time.[18]


Year Title Director / Creator Studio / Publisher Notes
1998 Pi Darren Aronofsky Protozoa Pictures
2000 Requiem for a Dream Darren Aronofsky Online Film Critics Society Award Winner
2001 World Traveler Bart Freundlich
2001 The Hole Nick Hamm
  • Canal+
  • Cowboy Films
  • Film Council
  • Granada Film Productions
  • Impact Pictures
  • Pathé
2001 Knockaround Guys New Line Cinema
2001 Rain Katherine Lindberg
2002 Abandon Stephen Gaghan Spyglass Entertainment
2002 Murder by Numbers Barbet Schroeder Warner Bros. Pictures
Castle Rock Entertainment
2002 Sonny Nicolas Cage
2002 The Hire: Ticker Joe Carnahan BMW films Short film
2003 11:14 Greg Marcks Media 8 Entertainment DVD Exclusive Awards Nominated
2004 Suspect Zero E. Elias Merhige
2005 Sahara Breck Eisner
2006 BMI Film Music Award Winner
2005 Doom Andrzej Bartkowiak
2006 The Fountain Darren Aronofsky Golden Globe Award Nomination
Critics' Choice Movie Award Nomination
Chicago Film Critics Association Award Winner
Online Film Critics Society Award Winner
World Soundtrack Awards Winner (2)
2006 Trust the Man Bart Freundlich Fox Searchlight Pictures
2006 Smokin' Aces Joe Carnahan
2006 The Big Forever
  • Robert Glassford
  • Timo Langer
Short film
2007 Wind Chill Gregory Jacobs
2007 In the Wall Mike Williamson Short film
2007 The Healing Syndrome Michael Sheehan High Tyde Productions Short film
2007 My Mother Elaine Wickham Medb Films Short film
2008 Definitely, Maybe Adam Brooks
2008 The Wrestler Darren Aronofsky
2008 Dream from Leaving
wonderwheel, llc
2009 Blood: The Last Vampire Chris Nahon
2009 Moon Duncan Jones Stage 6 Films British Independent Film Awards Nomination
2009 Farewell Christian Carion
2009 The Rebound Bart Freundlich The Film Department
2009 The Odds Paloma Baeza
  • Abbot Vision
  • Slate 9
Short film
2009 Blue Knight Mark Anthony Man of Mistery Films Short film
2010 Black Swan Darren Aronofsky Grammy Awards Nomination
Critics' Choice Movie Award Nomination
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award Nomination
Chicago Film Critics Association Award Winner
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Winner
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Nomination
San Diego Film Critics Society Award Nomination
Satellite Award Nomination
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award Nomination
World Soundtrack Awards Nomination
2010 Last Night Massy Tadjedin
2010 Faster George Tillman, Jr.
2010 Fragged Devon Avery Short film
2011 United James Strong
TV film
2012 Mass Effect 3 Casey Hudson Electronic Arts Video game
2013 Stoker Park Chan-wook
2013 Filth Jon S. Baird
2014 Noah Darren Aronofsky
2014 A Rose Reborn Park Chan-wook Short film
2015 Gaslighting Elaine Wickham Short film
2015 Deathly Mike Williamson Short film
2015 Man Down Dito Montiel Mpower Pictures
2015 High-Rise Ben Wheatley Recorded Picture Company
2016 Black Mirror Owen Harris
TV Episode: San Junipero
2017 Ghost in the Shell Rupert Sanders with Lorne Balfe
2017 Loving Vincent
  • Dorota Kobiela
  • Hugh Welchman
  • BreakThru Productions
  • Silver Reel
  • Trademark Films
2018 Mute Duncan Jones Liberty Films UK
2018 Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Ben Wheatley Rook Films
2018 Out of Blue Carol Morley
2018 Titans Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns Warner Bros. Television, Netflix
2019 Doom Patrol Jeremy Carver DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television

Awards and nominationsEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Clint Mansell". IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Clint Mansell". IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Five essential film scores by award-winning composer Clint Mansell | Royal Albert Hall". Royal Albert Hall. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Clint Mansell". IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  5. ^ Young, Graham (23 March 2016). "From dreadlocks to no locks - the amazing transformation of pop star turned Hollywood composer Clint Mansell". birminghammail. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  6. ^ Young, Graham (23 March 2016). "From dreadlocks to no locks - the amazing transformation of pop star turned Hollywood composer Clint Mansell". birminghammail. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Decca Publishing signs composer and musician Clint Mansell". Music Business Worldwide. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Pop Will Eat Itself | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  9. ^ Godfrey, Alex. "Clint Mansell: Aronofsky, Reznor and Me, Part One". Sabotage Times. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  10. ^ a b Pete Paphides Clint Mansell: pop ate itself, and out popped Hollywood The Times Retrieved 14 May 2010
  11. ^ Requiem for a Dream – Clint Mansell AllMusic Retrieved 31 January 2011
  12. ^ a b c d "Requiem for a Tower Dream by Various Artists on Apple Music". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  13. ^ a b The Da Vinci Code Trailer Retrieved 31 January 2011
  14. ^ Sundance 2009 Composers – Clint Mansell BMI Retrieved 31 January 2011
  15. ^ Bray, Elisa (28 January 2011) Duo Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell score on pointes The Independent Retrieved 31 January 2011
  16. ^ "Streama Film - Allt Om Laglig Streaming TV & Film Online". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  17. ^ IGN (27 January 2012). "Exclusive Aliens: Colonial Marines Cinematic Trailer". Retrieved 30 November 2016 – via YouTube.
  18. ^ "Decca Publishing signs composer and musician Clint Mansell". Music Business Worldwide. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.

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