Douglas Pipes is a film composer in Los Angeles whose feature films include the Academy Award nominated Sony animated feature Monster House, and the Warner Bros/Legendary Films cult-hit Trick ‘r Treat. Film reviews often praise Douglas’ scores and his score for Trick ‘r Treat has become something of a modern horror classic, frequently included in “best of” horror scores lists.
Trained as a pianist and working in electronic synthesis, Douglas was given an opportunity to score a feature film from French/American filmmaker Alan Ruffier and quickly found it to be the perfect medium for his approach to musical creation. After scoring a handful of indie-films, Douglas put his film-scoring career on hold to immerse himself in the art of music composition, orchestration, and film scoring. He received his BM in Composition at California State University Northridge, studied composition and orchestration at Kingston University in London, electro-acoustic music creation at IRCAM in Paris, and film scoring at UCLA. While working with a UCLA film student, Gil Kenan, Douglas forged a relationship that would lead to his first studio feature, the Amblin/Imagemovers/Sony animated feature Monster House.
Douglas’ awards include "Best Comedy Score" for Krampus from the International Film Music Critics Association (2016), “Compositor Revalacion” at the 3rd International Film Music Conference in Ubeda, Spain and “Best Animation” at the Royal Television Society in the United Kingdom. Nominations include “Discovery of the Year” at the 2006 World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium, “Best Music” at the 2007 Saturn Awards, “Best Horror Score” and “Best New Composer” from the International Film Music Critics Association (2006 and 2010), and 2010 GoldSpirit Award for “Best Horror Thriller” at the International Film Music Festival in Ubeda, Spain
Douglas’ recent projects include Netflix Original Movie The Babysitter, directed by McG, a concert film score for Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent film The General commissioned by the Dallas Chamber Symphony, and Waxwork Comics Vol. I and II with vinyl 7" soundtrack. The Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus scores have been released as double vinyl collector’s editions through Waxwork Records.
Douglas also works with the alt-rock band The Airborne Toxic Event arranging and orchestrating their albums for rock/symphonic performances with orchestras including the Louisville Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Tulare County Symphony, and The Pacific Symphony.
"..the movie benefits from Douglas Pipes' joyous music"
MONSTER HOUSE - Emanuel Levy, Cinema 24/7
"The bow on this terrifyingly delightful Christmas nightmare is a brilliant score by composer Douglas Pipes"
KRAMPUS - Joseph B Mauceri, Fears Magazine
"..Mr. Pipes scored one of the more nostalgic, entertaining, and energetic scores I’ve heard in quite some time."
MONSTER HOUSE - Scorekeeper, Ain't It Cool News
"This score is one of the best I’ve heard in the last 10 years, possibly due to the fact that it mixes nostalgic cues with terrifically thematic melodies"
TRICK 'R TREAT - Alan Miller, Modern Vinyl