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Alex Wurman - composer for film and television

Alex Wurman - March of the Penguins soundtrack CD cover Alex Wurman was born of musical parents, his father a composer and his mother a violin teacher. Alex followed this family tradition attending the Chicago Academy of Performing Arts High School and then studying composition at the University of Miami. He then moved to Los Angeles to follow a career composing for the visual media, where he started composing for commercials and television. He met the composer Hans Zimmer and for a time worked in Zimmer's extended team of musicians, which gave him the opportunity to exercise his talents on "A League of their Own", "The Lion King" and "Armageddon" as a supporting composer providing orchestrations and "additional music". With his recent lead work on major film projects he has now effectively and very successfully gone solo.

Although he uses a degree of synthesiser technique as with the Zimmer camp, the composer's style has its own distinct voice. A Wurman soundtrack typically excels in playing a subtle melodic role which complements many different film genres. Within that definition, Wurman is easily capable of considerable variety of mood and style which makes his music versatile and always interesting. Alex Wurman's own web-site is at and features some amusing cartoons with a musical theme, and a selection of music from his latest movies including "The Nines", "Talledega Nights", "Homo Erectus" and "A Lot Like Love".

Since the success of "March of the Penguins" Wurman's talents continue to be sought for nature documentaries, and he has scored the movie "The Last Lions" and the documentary TV series "Kingdom of the Oceans".

Films by Alex Wurman:

    Alex Wurman - The Promotion soundtrack CD cover
  • The Grave
  • Eat Your Heart Out
  • Play it to the Bone - the boxing comedy with Antonio Banderas directed by Ron Shelton
  • No Vacancy
  • Hero (2000) - a short war movie
  • Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
  • Confession of a Dangerous Mind - this highly regarded soundtrack features ethereal melodies with a laid back jazz feel
  • Hollywood Homicide - action comedy orchestral music with some obligatory hip-hop
  • Criminal - very much in a jazz idiom, though distinct in style from "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"
  • Anchorman - a comedy film subtitled "The Legend of Ron Burgundy"
  • March of the Penguins - an excellent soundtrack for the big screen
  • Alex Wurman - Criminal soundtrack CD cover
  • A Lot Like Love
  • Homo Erectus
  • Talledega Nights
  • The Nines
  • Run, Fatboy, Run - starring Simon Pegg
  • The Promotion - with a soundtrack album release
  • Four Christmases
  • The Switch
  • The Last Lions - documentary
  • Something Borrowed
  • Overnight
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - returning to score the sequel

TV music by Alex Wurman:

  • Hotel Adlon - a documentary for German TV
  • Dangerous Waters - TV movie
  • Beyond the Game - a contribution to this TV sports series
  • Normal - a TV movie about a man who undergoes a sex change
  • Mrs. Harris - TV movie
  • Temple Grandin - TV movie
  • The Newsroom - composer for the well-regarded 1st season of this series, with season 2's composer being Johnny Klimek (Cloud Atlas)
  • Call Me Crazy: A Five Film - TV movie
  • Kingdom of the Oceans - major documentary series about life in the oceans
  • Cloud 9 - TV movie

Alex Wurman - Recommendations:

Among Alex Wurman soundtracks available on CD you will find the following well worth listening to. Watch out for the "Anchorman" and "Anchorman 2" CDs which have very little of Wurman's music.