Hanan Townshend is a New Zealand-born film composer based in Seattle, Washington. Townshend was a music licensee on Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or winning film The Tree Of Life, where he received his first significant recognition. He has composed for numerous feature films, including Malick’s 2014 film To The Wonder and more recently, Knight Of Cups, starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Imogen Poots. He has scored over a dozen large commercials for brands such as Apple, American Express, Nike and Google. He has also collaborated with producers such as Mike McCarthy and the legendary Daniel Lanois.
Townshend’s music reflects the broad background of inspiration from which he draws – the poetic soundscapes of his home country, the eager patterns of popular music, and the refinement of classical training and studies in art composition. Because of this, he has a penchant for approaching film music from a less conventional
perspective and producing clever, memorable pieces
that support just as much the picturesque as they do
the auditory experience.