Clinton Shorter

Clinton Shorter (born March 18, 1971)[1] is a Canadian film and television composer.[2] He is particularly known for his score for Neill Blomkamp's film District 9. He has also composed the music for over 300 television episodes.[3]

Clinton Shorter
Born (1971-03-18) March 18, 1971 (age 50)
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresFilm score

Early life and educationEdit

Shorter was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He initially studied jazz in college before switching to music composition.[3]


Shorter created the score for an independent film, Come Together, in Vancouver. He went on to create music for several more films in the Vancouver area, including Neill Blomkamp 's short Alive in Joburg.[4]

Shorter was asked to create a score for Blomkamp's 2009 science fiction film District 9, "something 'raw and dark' but which maintained its African roots".[5] The resulting music has been described by reviewers as "rhythmic" and "magnificent",[6] as "mournful ethnic-action strains",[7] and as having "pseudo-exotic ambiance as a post-modern theme of loss".[3] The sound track was released separately as a CD.

In 2014 Shorter wrote the score for the action film Pompeii.[8] He subsequently composed music for the television series The Expanse and Colony.[9]



Year Title Director Notes Ref.
2001 Come Together Jeff Macpherson
2005 Alive in Joburg Neill Blomkamp Short film
The Cabin Movie Dylan Akio Smith
Severed Carl Bessai
2006 Nostalgia Boy Michael Meinhardt Short film
Nominated – Leo Award for Best Musical Score in a Short Drama
Unnatural & Accidental Carl Bessai
2007 Normal
2009 District 9 Neill Blomkamp BMI Film Music Award
SOCAN Domestic Feature Film Award
Nominated – IFMCA Award for Breakthrough Film Composer of the Year
Nominated – World Soundtrack Award for Discovery of the Year
Cole Carl Bessai Nominated – Leo Award for Best Musical Score in a Feature Length Drama
2012 Contraband Baltasar Kormákur BMI Film Music Award [11]
2013 2 Guns [12]
The Informant Julien Leclercq
2014 Pompeii Paul W.S. Anderson SOCAN International Feature Film Award [13]
2021 Boss Level Joe Carnahan


Year Title Notes Ref.
2006 Ties That Bind Television film
Presumed Dead
12 Hours to Live
Her Fatal Flaw
Under the Mistletoe
2007 A Decent Proposal
Secrets of an Undercover Wife
Judicial Indiscretion
This Space for Rent 2 episodes
Post Mortem Television film
2008 Nightmare at the End of the Hall
The Secret Lives of Second Wives
NYC: Tornado Terror
2014 Intelligence 13 episodes
BMI TV Music Award
2015–16 House of Lies 22 episodes
2015–18 Code Black 47 episodes
BMI TV Music Award
2015–present The Expanse 46 episodes [15]
2016–18 Colony 36 episodes [16]
2018 Quantico 13 episodes
2020 Tribes of Europa 6 episodes


  1. ^ "Clinton Shorter". The Times of India.
  2. ^ Miguel Mera; Ronald Sadoff; Ben Winters (25 May 2017). The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound. Taylor & Francis. p. 318. ISBN 978-1-317-39898-1.
  3. ^ a b c Tzanelli, Rodanthi (2016). Thanatourism and Cinematic Representations of Risk: Screening the End of Tourism. Routledge.
  4. ^ "The Expanse: Interview: Composer Clinton Shorter". SciFi Bulletin, interview by Paul Simpson
  5. ^ Devroop, Chatradari (2014). "Chapter 7: Pirates of the Curriculum". Africa and Beyond: Arts and Sustainable Development. Routledge. p. 95.
  6. ^ Kirk Honeycutt (28 July 2009). "District 9 -- Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  7. ^ "CD Review: District 9". Film Music Magazine. By Daniel Schweiger • September 14, 2009
  8. ^ "‘Pompeii’ a campy action adventure with pricey effects". NY Post, By Lou Lumenick, February 20, 2014
  9. ^ "Clinton Shorter Chats With SciFiPulse About ‘The Expanse’ & ‘Colony’". SciFiPulse, by Ian Cullen, June 8, 2016
  10. ^ Scott, A. O. (13 August 2009). "In Neill Blomkamp's Film, Visitors from Space Get a Harsh Hello". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Oliver Gettell (13 January 2012). "'Contraband' deals in illicit fun, not substance, critics say". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  12. ^ Scott Foundas (30 July 2013). "Film Review: '2 Guns'". Variety. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  13. ^ Peter Debruge (19 February 2014). "Film Review: 'Pompeii'". Variety. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  14. ^ Brian Lowry (28 September 2015). "TV Review: 'Code Black'". Variety. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  15. ^ Maureen Ryan (23 November 2015). "TV Review: 'The Expanse'". Variety. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  16. ^ Maureen Ryan (4 January 2016). "TV Review: 'Colony'". Variety. Retrieved 5 October 2018.

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