Grammy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated composer and producer, Simon Franglen, talks with us about the Brainworx bx_console.Watch Video
Simon Franglen is a Grammy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated composer and producer. His credits include four of the top films of all time and six of the best-selling albums of all time. He received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year for his production of the smash hit single “My Heart Will Go On” from James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’, and he received both Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for work on Cameron’s ‘Avatar’.
Simon began as a synthesizer programmer in London in the late 1980's for producer Trevor Horn. After striking out on his own, US chart success persuaded him to move to Los Angeles in the early 90’s. Over the next decade, he built a reputation as a top synth programmer and arranger, working with an array of pop and R&B artists including Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Celine Dion and Madonna. Over a five-year period, Franglen’s credits included a quarter of all US Billboard No.1 records.
His film credits include work with John Barry, Howard Shore, James Horner, Tom Newman and Alan Silvestri, with projects as diverse as David Fincher’s seminal 'Se7en', and Sam Mendes’ ‘Skyfall’.
In a diverse career, Simon has worked successfully with South London grime rappers and with operatic tenors. He accompanied Barbra Streisand at the inauguration of President Clinton, he was vocal producer for Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge’ and scored the soundtrack to One Direction’s chart topping – ‘This is Us’. He earned a platinum album for restoring Glenn Miller’s ‘In The Mood’, and he remixed Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard To Through The Grapevine’ and Thin Lizzy’s ‘Live And Dangerous’ in 5.1. He’s worked with Mongolian Mourin Khuur ensembles, Tunisian Malouf and Indian Bhakti singing stars.
Simon has just finished scoring MGM’s upcoming ‘The Magnificent Seven’, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. His is currently composing a fully immersive orchestral and choral suite for the 3D hall 2000ft up at the top of the Shanghai Tower.