Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek, ominous score work for blockbuster films like Tron: Legacy, Straight Outta Compton, Oblivion, and the Raid series. As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with a number of mainstream musical acts. His first major break came in 2010 when he worked with Daft Punk on the sweeping digital soundtrack to Disney’s Tron reboot/sequel. Trapanese followed that success by creating a score with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park for the American release of the 2011 Indonesian martial arts film The Raid: Redemption (he would continue without Shinoda in 2014 with The Raid 2). That same year, he helped with arrangements on a handful of tracks for M83’s breakthrough hit “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming,” which led to the pair’s collaboration on the 2013 Tom Cruise sci-fi epic Oblivion. He also reworked Moby’s “Extreme Ways” for The Bourne Legacy. Other notable scores include the landmark rap biopic Straight Outta Compton, the second and third installments of the Divergent series, Insurgent and Allegiant, Earth to Echo, and Ubisoft’s video game The Crew. Trapanese most recently scored the Fox movie musical The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman, the action war drama Wolf Warriors II directed by Jing Wu and the Lionsgate dramatic feature Only the Brave starring Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller. In the studio and in concert, in addition to Daft Punk, M83, and Moby, he has worked with Dr. Dre, Zedd, Kelly Clarkson, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, The Glitch Mob, Active Child, Halsey, Sohn, John Newman, Dia Frampton, 3OH!3, Steven Price, and James Newton Howard.
Born in New Jersey, Trapanese earned his B.A. in classical composition from the Manhattan School of Music. He went on to study at UCLA for his M.A. in music for visual media and taught electronic music composition at the school from 2008-2011. In 2016, he became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.