Joel Goldsmith






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Joel Goldsmith is so far the only child to follow in his father's foot steps and become a composer for TV and film. Joel's career began in 1978 when he worked on the low budget movie Laser Blast and collaborated with composer Richard Band. Joel worked with Band again as a Sound Mixer this time on another lower budget feature titled The Day Time Ended. His first solo scoring assignment came in 1981, with Olivia for German director Ulli Lommel. This early score was succeeded by numerous TV assignments before finally being handed a major assignment in the guise of the cult Steve Martin comedy The Man With Two Brains. These early scores were essentially synthesiser only and his expertise in this field was utilised by his father in 1984 for Jerry Goldsmith's first completely electronic score - Michael Crichton's futuristic thriller Runaway. The time, effort and budget on this project was said to have out wayed that of a symphonic score.

Joel also collaborated with his father for the short lived TV series' HELP and Hollister as episode composer while Jerry Goldsmith composed the themes. Joel collaborated proper with Jerry in 1996 on Star Trek First Contact and provided 20 minutes of additional music while Jerry was busy in London writing the music for The Ghost And The Darkness.

Joel composed his first symphonic score for another lower budget scifi thriller called Moon 44, and was an early score to reveal the obvious influences of his father. Moon 44 seemed at one point to be a one off but latter assignments followed in the form of Man's Best Friend, Kull The Conquerer, Shadow of A Doubt and Diamonds, all of which have helped re-inforce Joel's standing within the crowded composer market place.

Ironically his return to TV scoring has provided the young composer with his best output for TV's Vampirella but more importantly the TV spin-off - Stargate. Here Joel has employed the dramatic sensibilities of his father to full effect and given the show a solid 'movie feel'. Joel remains at an early stage of his career which can only go forward as the composer moves out of the shadow of his famous father and establishes himself as a major force in TV/Film scoring.