Emmy Award-winning music editor Daniel Adrian Carlin, who founded such independent music editing companies as Zomba Enterprises’ Segue Music and Triad Music, died Aug. 14 of complications from lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis at his Carpenteria, Calif., home. He was 73.
Garnering an Emmy in 1987 for his work on the miniseries “Unnatural Causes,” Carlin performed music-editing services on such films as “Ghost,” “Gorillas in the Mist,” “Dead Poets Society” and “Fatal Attraction.”
He collaborated with some of the industry’s top composers, including Hugo Friedhofer, Lionel Newman, Lalo Schifrin, Elmer Bernstein and Ennio Morricone.
Creating La Da Prods. in 1973, Carlin helped lead the industry’s independent post-production revolution. The company reformulated as Segue Music in 1982 and joined the Zomba Group of Cos. in 1995.
In 1982, after retiring briefly, Carlin founded Triad Music with his two daughters, Kathryn and Patricia. Together they worked on both films and television series, including the Emmy-winning “Animaniacs.”
Music editors and supervisors in his companies provided services on such films as “Airplane,” “All That Jazz,” “Ghostbusters,” “Romancing the Stone” and “Sister Act.”
Before again retiring, this time in 1994, Carlin formed Tacet Music; authored “Music in Film and Video Production”; lectured at UCLA, Berklee College of Music and U. of Texas; and taught filmmaking at Dublin U. He was a member of the Motion Picture Academy’s Music Branch Executive Committee for 30 years.
In addition to his two daughters, he is survived by his wife, Annie; two sons, Daniel, a music supervisor-editor, and Thomas, a former music editor; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Recording Academy, 3402 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MusiCares Foundation at the Recording Academy or to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation’s Film-Score Preservation Fund at AMPAS, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.