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Mark Mothersbaugh


Award-winning composer MARK MOTHERSBAUGH has written the music for more than 70 film and television projects. He first came to prominence in the music world in the 1970s as lead singer and keyboard player of the progressive new wave/rock band DEVO, who released a series of highly eclectic and satirical albums including "Are We Not Men?" and "Freedom of Choice."

In the mid-1980's, Mothersbaugh began to write music for commercials where he received a Clio award for his work. He then went on to composing music for numerous television projects including the memorable theme song and underscore for "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." That lead to a long run of writing the music for the popular children's series "Rugrats" and hugely successful "The Rugrats Movie."

In 1996, Mothersbaugh met Wes Anderson and scored the filmmaker's critically acclaimed Bottle Rocket. He wrote the music for Anderson's Rushmore starring Bill Murray and The Royal Tenenbaums starring Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston and Owen Wilson. The score to The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is one of Mark's most memorable to date. He continues his collaboration with Anderson, contributing music to his newest film, Moonrise Kingdom.

Mothersbaugh's other feature film credits include the box office his 21 Jump Street, Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. He scored Catherine Hardwicke's "Lords of Dogtown" and "Thirteen," Joe and Anthony Russo's "Welcome to Collinwood" starring George Clooney, "Happy Gilmore" starring Adam Sandler, "200 Cigarettes" and "The New Age" from director Michael Tolkin and producer Oliver Stone, among others. 2014 will see the release of the Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which both will feature Mark's scores.

Mark's record and song production credits include work with artists like Vampire Weekend, David Bowie, Cypress Hill, David Byrne, Beck, Iggy Pop, B'52's, Jacob Dylan, Cindy Lauper and A Tribe Called Quest.

Mark was the recipient of BMI's distinguished Richard Kirk Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Art of Elysium's Visionary Award.

Recent television credits include HBO's "Enlightened" and Showtime's "House of Lies."

Further extending his musical palate, Mothersbaugh has scored numerous video games including "The Sims" and "Boom Blox."

Mothersbaugh is a world-renowned artist who cites Andy Warhol as inspiration. His paintings and drawings have been shown in galleries around the world.

He continues to perform with DEVO, which has had resurgence in recent years. The group has played concerts across the country including Central Park in New York and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Mothersbaugh was born in Ohio and studied at Kent State University.

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