Charles Alexander "Charlie" Clouser (/ˈklaʊzər/; born June 28, 1963) is an American keyboardist, composer, record producer, and remixer. He was a member of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from 1994–2000, and is a composer for film and television. Clouser was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance in 1997.
Life and career
Clouser plays keyboard, synthesizer, theremin, and drums. He also does music programming, engineering, and mixing. He was a member of the band Nine Inch Nails (1994–2000). Before he was in Nine Inch Nails, he was in the alternative band Burning Retna with former L.A. Guns guitarist Mick Cripps and fellow Nothing Records employee Sean Beavan. Clouser also was a member of the band 9 Ways to Sunday, which released a self-titled album in 1990. Clouser has remixed artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein and Meat Beat Manifesto.
In 2004, Clouser produced the Helmet album Size Matters. Consisting mainly of collaborations between Clouser and Page Hamilton, it was intended to be a Hamilton solo album. The first release from the collaboration, known as Throwing Punches, appeared on a soundtrack in 2003 for the film Underworld, and was credited as a Hamilton track. Clouser created one of FirstCom music's master series discs, only sold for commercial use, in the late 1990s.
Two songs programmed by Clouser were nominated for Grammy Awards in 1997: White Zombie's "I'm Your Boogie Man" and Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper's "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)," the latter of which Clouser also co-wrote and mixed.
He worked with Trent Reznor on the soundtrack of Natural Born Killers, helping record and produce a new version of "Something I Can Never Have," the original version of which appeared on Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine album. Clouser's remix of Zombie's "Dragula" can be found on The Matrix soundtrack. Another Zombie track remixed by Clouser, "Reload", appears on The Matrix Reloaded soundtrack. He produced the unfinished Hamilton project Gandhi.
Clouser provided the live synth for Alec Empire's "Intelligence And Sacrifice" tour in 2001. He appears in the Moog documentary about electronic-music pioneer Robert Moog and composed the song "I Am a Spaceman" for the original soundtrack of that movie.
Clouser has also worked as a film and television composer, scoring the Saw series of films, as well as Death Sentence (2007), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Dead Silence (2007), and Deepwater (2005). He composed the ending theme "Hello Zepp" for Saw. On television, he was the composer for the TV series Las Vegas (NBC), Fastlane (Fox), and NUMB3RS (CBS). Additionally, he composed the theme song for those shows as well as American Horror Story(FX).
Charlie was born in Hanover, New Hampshire. He married his long-time girlfriend, photographer and model Zoe Wiseman in the summer of 2007.
Nine Inch Nails
Clouser has performed on releases with a variety of other artists and bands.
Soundtracks and film scores
- Las Vegas (2003)
- Saw (2004)
- Saw II (2005)
- Saw III (2006)
- Dead Silence (2007)
- Death Sentence (2007)
- Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
- Saw IV (2007)
- Saw V (2008)
- Saw VI (2009)
- The Stepfather (2009)
- Saw 3D (2010)
- American Horror Story (2011)
- ECW: Extreme Music (1998)
- Duke Nukem (Music to Score By - the official Duke Nukem Album) (1999)
- Twisted Metal 4 (Video Game Score) (1999)
- Singularity (2010)