Licht at the San Diego Comic-Con International, 2011
|Birth name||Daniel James Licht|
|Born||March 13, 1957|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||August 2, 2017 (aged 60)|
Topanga, California, U.S.
Life and career
Licht was born in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in suburban Detroit and attended the Roeper School, as well as summer school at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He started playing music at the age of eight with his first instrument being the clarinet. He took up the guitar four years later. He began his musical career while still in high school playing guitar with a small jazz ensemble at clubs in the area. Following high school graduation, he attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts and graduated in composition, jazz and world music. Licht moved to New York City and established himself as a musical artist in the Lower East Side creative music scene. He would travel to Germany, the Netherlands and Northern Europe to perform and compose music for theatre and dance companies. He created scores for such companies as Mercedes Benz, Sony and AT&T
He then moved to Los Angeles and pursued a career in film scoring, at the suggestion of his former classmate, Christopher Young. His first major project was the 1991 feature film Children of the Night. His composition earned him his first soundtrack CD release.
From 2012 to 2015 he was the main composer of the Silent Hill video game series, replacing Akira Yamaoka, until Konami decided to pull away from the home console video game industry, effectively ending the Silent Hill series. He also composed the soundtrack for the 2012 video game Dishonored and its 2016 sequel. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (for which he also composed and was released posthumously) was dedicated to his memory.
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|1991||Children of the Night|
|1992||Amityville: It's About Time|
|1992||Inside Out III|
|1992||Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice|
|1992||Inside Out IV|
|1993||Acting on Impulse|
|1993||Where Are We? Our Trip Through America|
|1993||Amityville: A New Generation|
|1993||A Girls' Guide to Sex|
|1994||The Hard Truth|
|1995||Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest|
|1998||The Patron Saint of Liars|
|1998||Brave New World|
|1998||Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!|
|1999||Don't Look Under the Bed|
|1999||Execution of Justice|
|2000||Cabin by the Lake|
|2001||Anatomy of a Hate Crime|
|2002||Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story|
|2004||ABC's of Newborn Baby Care|
|2004||King Solomon's Mines|
|2008||The Memory Keeper's Daughter|
|2008||Gym Teacher: The Movie|
|2005–2006||Jake in Progress|
|2011–2013||Body of Proof|
|2012||Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||Pilot episode only|
|2014–2015||The Red Road|
|2012||Silent Hill: Downpour|
|2012||Silent Hill: Book of Memories|
|2017||Dishonored: Death of the Outsider|
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