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Clint Mansell
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Mansell with the Sonus Quartet, playing in Union Chapel, London, 20 July 2009
Background information
Birth name Clinton Darryl Mansell
Born (1963-01-07) 7 January 1963 (age 60)
Origin Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Genres Film score, alternative rock, grebo rock, electronic, industrial rock, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, composer
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts Pop Will Eat Itself

Clinton Darryl Mansell (/ˈmænsəl/; born 7 January 1963) is an English musician, singer, and composer, born in Coventry. He served as the lead singer and multi-instrumentalist of alt-rock band Pop Will Eat Itself before embarking on a career as a film score composer. Mansell moved to the United States after the dissolution of the group and started working with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. He has subsequently become an award-winning, Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated film composer, collaborating extensively with Aronofsky and writing scores for dozens of other films (both shorts and features), TV series, and video games.

Mansell resides in Los Angeles, composing and occasionally touring live versions of his work. A pioneer of sampling in his own work, Mansell's work is now a favourite with sampling musicians.


Pop career

Mansell was raised in Coventry. For a decade from their foundation in 1986, Mansell was a member of Pop Will Eat Itself, as a lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and writer or co-writer of many of the band's songs. The band were pioneers of sampling and electronic music in the UK alternative rock scene, bringing influences from hip hop, industrial music, house, and other dance genres into their music. In the United States, PWEI were signed in 1994 to Nothing Records the label owned by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Mansell and Reznor, a long time fan of PWEI, became friends after Mansell moved to New York, and Mansell subsequently performed backing vocals on Nine Inch Nails' 1999 album The Fragile.

Soundtrack composer

Mansell started composing film soundtracks when director Darren Aronofsky hired him to score his debut film, Pi, in 1996. He also wrote the score for Aronofsky's next film, Requiem for a Dream, which became a cult hit. The film's primary composition "Lux Aeterna" was popular, appearing in adverts, film trailers, and YouTube videos labelled as Epic Music. Mansell has composed the music to every subsequent Aronofsky film with the sole exception of mother!.

Film trailers

The trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers used an orchestral and choral arrangement of "Lux Aeterna", called "Requiem for a Tower". This orchestration was arranged by Simone Benyacar, Dan Nielsen and Veigar Margeirsson.

The original "Lux Aeterna" and "Requiem for a Tower" arrangements have been used in Zathura: A Space Adventure, The Da Vinci Code, Sunshine, Babylon A.D., Lost, Top Gear, Soccer Saturday, EuroSport LIVE and America's Got Talent.

Mansell's theme from the film Moon appears on the trailer for The Iron Lady and the computer game Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Publishing deal

In February 2019, Mansell signed a publishing deal with Decca Publishing, a division in Decca Music. This deal brought his catalogue of more than 650 original pieces, including his Pop Will Eat Itself work, under a single umbrella for the first time.

Other work

Other work includes creating the music for Coventry UK City of Culture's manifesto film which was released in July 2020.


Year Album details Peak chart positions
1987 Box Frenzy - - -
1989 This Is the Day...This Is the Hour...This Is This! 24 - 169
1990 Cure for Sanity 33 51 -
1992 The Looks or the Lifestyle? 15 - -
1994 Dos Dedos Mis Amigos 11 - -

Live albums

  • Weird's Bar and Grill (Live) (1993) UK No. 44
  • The Radio 1 Sessions 1986-87 (1997)
  • Reformation: Nottingham Rock City 20.01.05 (2005)
  • Reformation: Birmingham Carling Academy 22.01.05 (2005)
  • Reformation: Birmingham Carling Academy 23.01.05 (2005)
  • Reformation: London Shepherds Bush Empire 24.01.05 (2005)
  • Reformation: London Shepherds Bush Empire 25.01.05 (2005)


  • Now for a Feast! (1988)
  • 16 Different Flavours of Hell (Best of) (1993) UK No. 73
  • Wise Up Suckers (BMG best of) (1996)
  • PWEI Product 1986-1994 (Anthology) (2002)
  • The Best Of (2008)

Remix albums

  • Two Fingers My Friends! (1995) UK No. 25


  • 2000 Light Ales from Home (1986) under the name 'Wild And Wandering'
  • The Poppies Say GRRrrr! (1986)
  • Poppiecock (1986)
  • Very Metal Noise Pollution (1989) UK No. 45
  • Amalgamation (1994)


Year Title Chart positions Album
UK Singles Chart AUS U.S. Modern Rock
1987 "Sweet Sweet Pie" 100 Now for a Feast!
"Love Missile F1-11" 78
"Beaver Patrol" 76 Box Frenzy
1988 "There Is No Love Between Us Anymore" 66
"Def. Con. One" 63 30 This Is the Day...This Is the Hour...This Is This!
1989 "Can U Dig It?" 38
"Wise Up! Sucker" 41
1990 "Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina" 28 Cure for Sanity
"Dance of the Mad Bastards" 32
1991 "X Y & Zee" 15 88 11
"92 Degrees" 23
"Another Man’s Rhubarb"
1992 "Karmadrome" / "Eat Me Drink Me Love Me" 17 The Looks or the Lifestyle?
"Bulletproof!" 24
1993 "Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies!" 9
"R.S.V.P. / Familius Horribilus" 27 Dos Dedos Mis Amigos
1994 "Ich Bin Ein Auslander" 28
"Everything's Cool" 23 97
2010 "Axe of Men 2010"



Year Title Director Studio / Publisher Notes
1998 Pi Darren Aronofsky Protozoa Pictures 1st of 6 collaborations with Aronofsky
2000 Requiem for a Dream
  • Thousand Words
  • Protozoa Pictures
2001 World Traveler Bart Freundlich
  • Alliance Atlantis
  • Eureka Pictures
  • IFC Productions
  • Process Productions
The Hole Nick Hamm
  • Canal+
  • Cowboy Films
  • Film Council
  • Granada Film Productions
  • Impact Pictures
  • Pathé
Knockaround Guys
  • Brian Koppelman
  • David Levien
Rain Katherine Lindberg
  • Antena 3
  • Cappa Films
  • Kinowelt
  • Lolafilms
  • Via Digital
2002 Abandon Stephen Gaghan
Murder by Numbers Barbet Schroeder Warner Bros. Pictures
Castle Rock Entertainment
Sonny Nicolas Cage
  • Gold Circle Films
  • Saturn Films
2003 11:14 Greg Marcks
2004 Suspect Zero E. Elias Merhige
  • Intermedia Films
  • Lakeshore Entertainment
  • Cruise/Wagner
2005 Sahara Breck Eisner
  • Bristol Bay Productions
  • Baldwin Entertainment Group
  • Kanzaman
  • Mace Neufeld Pictures
  • Paramount Pictures
BMI Film Music Award
Doom Andrzej Bartkowiak
  • John Wells Productions
  • Di Bonaventura Pictures
2006 The Fountain Darren Aronofsky
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Score
World Soundtrack Award – Public Choice
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Nominated- Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score
Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year
Trust the Man Bart Freundlich Fox Searchlight Pictures
Smokin' Aces Joe Carnahan
  • StudioCanal
  • Relativity Media
  • Blinding Edge Pictures
  • Working Title Films
  • Scion Films
2007 Wind Chill Gregory Jacobs
  • Blueprint Pictures
  • Section Eight Productions
2008 Definitely, Maybe Adam Brooks
The Wrestler Darren Aronofsky
  • Wild Bunch
  • Saturn Films
  • Protozoa Pictures
Dream from Leaving
  • Nathan Cox
  • Rick Gradone
  • J.T. Gurzi
  • Pat Healy
  • Rich Lee Settle
  • Caitlin Strom
  • Eric Watson
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2009 Blood: The Last Vampire Chris Nahon
  • Edko
  • Pathé
Moon Duncan Jones
  • Stage 6 Films
  • Liberty Films UK
  • Sony Pictures Classics
Nominated- British Independent Film Award for Best Technical Achievement
Farewell Christian Carion
  • Pathé
  • Canal+
  • Ciné+
  • France 2
The Rebound Bart Freundlich
2010 Black Swan Darren Aronofsky
  • Cross Creek Pictures
  • Phoenix Pictures
  • Dune Entertainment
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Score
Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Score
Nominated- Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Film Music
Nominated- Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Nominated- Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Original Score
Nominated- San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score
Nominated- St. Louis Film Critics Association Award for Best Music
Nominated- Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Score
Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year
Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year (with Last Night & Faster)
Last Night Massy Tadjedin Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year (with Black Swan & Faster)
Faster George Tillman, Jr.
  • Castle Rock Entertainment
  • State Street Pictures
Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year (with Black Swan & Last Night)
2013 Stoker Park Chan-wook
Replaced Philip Glass
Filth Jon S. Baird
  • Steel Mill Pictures
  • Film i Väst
2014 Noah Darren Aronofsky
Nominated- Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film
2015 Man Down Dito Montiel
  • Mpower Pictures
  • Lionsgate Premiere
High-Rise Ben Wheatley
2017 Ghost in the Shell Rupert Sanders
Composed with Lorne Balfe
Loving Vincent
  • Dorota Kobiela
  • Hugh Welchman
  • BreakThru Productions
  • Silver Reel
  • Altitude Film Distribution
Nominated- Annie Award for Outstanding Music in an Animated Feature Production
Nominated- Polish Film Award for Best Film Score
2018 Mute Duncan Jones
  • Liberty Films UK
  • Studio Babelsberg
  • Netflix
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Ben Wheatley
  • Rook Films
  • BBC Films
Out of Blue Carol Morley
  • Cannon & Morley
  • The Electric Shadow Company
  • BBC Films
  • IFC Films
2020 Rebecca Ben Wheatley
  • Working Title Films
  • Big Talk Productions
  • Netflix
2021 In the Earth Ben Wheatley
  • Rook Films
  • Neon
  • Protagonist Pictures


Year Title Director Studio / Network Notes
2004 CSI: Miami Danny Cannon Episode: "MIA/NYC NonStop"
2011 United James Strong
  • Lipsync Productions
  • World Productions
  • BBC Two
Television film
2016 Black Mirror Owen Harris
Episode: San Junipero
2018–present Titans Various
  • Theme music & 12 episodes
  • Composed with Kevin Kiner
2019–present Doom Patrol
  • Theme music & 13 episodes
  • Composed with Kevin Kiner
2022 Peacemaker Composed with Kevin Kiner

Video games

Year Title Director Studio / Publisher Notes
2012 Mass Effect 3 Casey Hudson Composed with Sascha Dikiciyan, Sam Hulick, Christopher Lennertz & Cris Velasco

Short films

Year Title Director Studio / Publisher Notes
2002 The Hire: Ticker Joe Carnahan BMW films
2006 The Big Forever
  • Robert Glassford
  • Timo Langer
2007 In the Wall Mike Williamson N/A
The Healing Syndrome Michael Sheehan High Tyde Productions
My Mother Elaine Wickham Medb Films
2009 The Odds Paloma Baeza
  • Abbot Vision
  • Slate 9
Blue Knight Mark Anthony Man of Mistery Films
2010 Fragged Devon Avery N/A
2014 A Rose Reborn Park Chan-wook N/A
2015 Gaslighting Elaine Wickham N/A
Deathly Mike Williamson N/A

Awards and nominations


  • World Soundtrack Awards - Soundtrack Composer of the Year (1): 2011

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