Michael Wandmacher

Michael Wandmacher (born October 29, 1967) is an American composer of music for film, television, and video games.[1] He has worked on numerous well-known projects, including Piranha 3D, Punisher: War Zone, Bloodborne, Twisted Metal, and The Goldbergs.[2] Most recently, he has worked on Underworld: Blood Wars, succeeding previous series composers Paul Haslinger and Marco Beltrami.

Michael Wandmacher
Born (1967-10-29) October 29, 1967 (age 53)
Nationality United States

Life and careerEdit

Wandmacher was born in Minneapolis.[citation needed] He began his career composing music for local news media and television commercials before scoring short and feature films by local filmmakers. While following a series of email exchanges that started via a film music newsgroup, Wandmacher met Alan Silvestri and was invited to Los Angeles to participate in several scoring sessions.[3] They composed music for the English-language releases of several Jackie Chan films including Armour of God and Drunken Master II. He eventually found success with the black comedy horror film Modern Vampires. Wandmacher co-composed the score with Danny Elfman, the brother of the film's director Richard Elfman. Wandmacher permanently relocated to Los Angeles.

The majority of Wandmacher's work consists of genre films particularly horror and thriller films. In 2015, Wandmacher composed the score to the role-playing video game Bloodborne.[4]

Wandmacher also creates remixes under the pseudonym "Khursor". As such, he has worked with Godhead including a track on The Shadow Realigned album.[5] The Khursor remix of Sting's Every Breath You Take was featured on the trailer for the third season of The Americans.[6][7]


Theatrical filmsEdit

Year Title Director Notes
1986 Armour of God International release
1992 Twin Dragons International release
1993 Supercop 2 Stanley Tong International release
1994 Drunken Master II Lau Kar-leung International release
1996 Street Gun Travis Milloy N/A
1998 Modern Vampires Richard Elfman N/A
1998 With or Without You Wendell Jon Andersson N/A
1999 Freestyle: The Victories of Dan Gable Kevin Kelley N/A
2000 Farewell, My Love Randall Fontana N/A
2001 The Accidental Spy Teddy Chan International release
2001 Max Keeble's Big Move Tim Hill N/A
2001 On the Borderline Michael Oblowitz N/A
2003 From Justin to Kelly Robert Iscove Composed with Greg Siff
2005 Cry Wolf Jeff Wadlow N/A
2007 The Killing Floor Gideon Raff N/A
2007 Man of Two Havanas Vivien Lesnik Weisman N/A
2008 Never Back Down Jeff Wadlow N/A
2008 Train Gideon Raff N/A
2008 Punisher: War Zone Lexi Alexander N/A
2009 My Bloody Valentine 3D Patrick Lussier N/A
2010 Freakonomics Various N/A
2010 Piranha 3D Alexandre Aja N/A
2011 Drive Angry[8] Patrick Lussier N/A
2012 Werewolf: The Beast Among Us Louis Morneau N/A
2013 The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia[9] Tom Elkins N/A
2013 The Last Exorcism Part II Ed Gass-Donnelly N/A
2014 13 Sins Daniel Stamm N/A
2016 Underworld: Blood Wars[10] Anna Foerster N/A
2017 Voice from the Stone Eric Dennis Howell N/A
2017 A Symphony of Hope Brian Weidling N/A
2018 Patient Zero Stefan Ruzowitzky N/A
2019 Trick Patrick Lussier N/A

Television filmsEdit

Year Title Director Notes
2004 Crimes of Fashion Stuart Gillard N/A
2009 Ben 10: Alien Swarm Alex Winter N/A

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Notes
1997 Tokyo Pig US version
2002 She Spies N/A
2005–2006 Night Stalker 10 episodes
2006 South Beach 9 episodes
2011–2012 Breaking In 19 episodes
2013–present The Goldbergs 163 episodes
2017 Imaginary Mary 5 episodes
2018 Into the Dark Episode: "Flesh & Blood"
2019–2020 Schooled 34 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Notes
2005 Madagascar N/A
2006 Over the Hedge N/A
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa N/A
2010 Singularity Composed with Charlie Clouser
2012 Twisted Metal[11] N/A
2015 Bloodborne Composed with Ryan Amon, Tsukasa Saitoh, Yuka Kitamura, Nobuyoshi Suzuki and Cris Velasco


  1. ^ http://www.haitisymphony.com/artists/michael-wandmacher/
  2. ^ "Michael Wandmacher « A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project". www.haitisymphony.com. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  3. ^ "Interview with Michael Wandmacher :: Film Music Magazine". www.filmmusicmag.com. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  4. ^ Gamephilosophe (2014-07-24). "The Game Philosophe: Bloodborne Composer Revealed". The Game Philosophe. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  5. ^ Godhead website
  6. ^ Zuckerman, Esther (10 Dec 2014). "'The Americans' will be watching you in season 3 trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 15 Jan 2017.
  7. ^ Leas, Ryan (5 Feb 2015). "The Best Soundtrack Moments Of January 2015: Game Of Thrones, The Americans, A Most Violent Year, & More". Stereogum. Billboard Music. Retrieved 15 Jan 2017.
  8. ^ "Michael Wandmacher enjoys a challenge". screen/read. Alienus Media. 6 Mar 2011. Retrieved 14 Jan 2017.
  9. ^ Hasan, Mark R. (29 Jul 2013). "Michael Wandmacher: Crafting the Nightmarish Sounds of The Haunting in Connecticut 2 – Ghosts of Georgia". Bighead Amusements. Retrieved 15 Jan 2017. Michael Wandmacher is one of horror’s most in-demand composers
  10. ^ Rea, Darren. "Underworld: Blood Wars Original Motion Picture Score". www.sci-fi-online.com. Retrieved 14 Jan 2017. I have to admit that in the past I've not been overly struck by Wandmacher's work, so it was great to finally see a project where he's allowed to flex his creative muscles and deliver something a little more in depth than clichéd horror fare.
  11. ^ Amond, Dean (10 Feb 2012). "Michael Wandmacher Scores Twisted Metal". The Paranoid Gamer. Retrieved 14 Jan 2017. Composer Michael Wandmacher scores SCEA and Eat Sleep Play’s Twisted Metal for the PlayStation Network. Twisted Metal is the longest running franchise in PlayStation® history. Michael Wandmacher scores the eighth installment, creating an individual theme for each character.

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