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Composer: Clint Mansell
Credentials: Prior to making a career in film music composition, Mansell was the lead singer and guitarist of Brit alt. rock band Pop Will Eat Itself (née From Eden). He also collaborated with Trent Reznor on Nine Inch Nails' 1999 album "The Fragile."
Why it's awesome: We don't talk enough about what a masterpiece "The Fountain" is, so naturally Mansell doesn't get his proper due for one of the absolute most penetrating pieces of film music composition ever conjured. It's equal parts epic and intimate with an emotional touch throughout.
Best track: "Stay With Me"