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John Murphy (born 1965) is an English film composer. He is a self taught multi-instrumental musician who began his career in the 1980s working notably with The Lotus Eaters, Thomas Lang and Claudia Brücken.
Born in Liverpool, England, Murphy began composing music for films in the early 1990s and scored his first hit with Leon the Pig Farmer. Together with former OMD member David Hughes he worked on several successful British movies, enjoying particular success with the soundtrack to 1998's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Since 2000's Snatch and Shooters, Murphy has been mainly based in Los Angeles. He has produced several prominent and diverse successes, including City by the Sea and Danny Boyle's box-office success 28 Days Later and its sequel 28 Weeks Later. He also collaborated with Underworld to score Danny Boyle's science fiction film Sunshine. In 2006 Murphy composed the score for Michael Mann's Miami Vice and most recently composed the score for the 2009 remake of 1972 film, The Last House on the Left.
Awards for his film music include the Silver Award (1st Prize) at Cannes, a British D & AD Award, and a BMI Award. He has been nominated for an Ivor Novello, an RTS Award, and the BRIT Award for Best Soundtrack. He has also composed and produced music for commercials, including campaigns for Reebok, Nike and Apple. Other excerpts from his scores have been released for advertising, in particular "In the House - In a Heartbeat" from 28 Days Later.
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