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Tyler Bates, ‘Get Carter’

Sundance alum

When Bates arrived at the 1999 Composers Lab (a program launched the previous year), he had already scored, arguably, more movies than the rest of the fellows combined. “But I had never spoken to anyone else who had scored a movie,” says the composer.

At the lab, Bates was asked to re-score an ethereal dream sequence from “Gods and Monsters.” He recalls the assignment being especially stressful since the film’s original composer, Carter Burwell, literally worked alongside him as a mentor. According to Bates, Burwell liked what he heard. “He kind of smiled and said, ‘Yeah, that’s right up my alley.’ ”

Bates, who started out as a band musician and producer, also befriended mentor George S. Clinton at the lab. “Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to actually win a couple of jobs that he wanted,” says Bates.

For “Get Carter,” Clinton visited Bates’ studio to give his work a listen. “It was kind of like my first big movie,” says Bates. “He gave me his thoughts and then said, ‘Man, I wanted to do this movie so bad!’ “

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