Jerry Goldsmith is a composer who has produced music for dozens of films such as Logan’s Runs, Planet of the Apes, Patton, Poltergeist, Alien, Basic Instinct, the Rambo films, and the Stark Trek movies. Jerry Goldsmith was born in 1929 and was introduced to the possibility of a music career when he started playing piano as a child. When Goldsmith was 13 he took piano lessons with well known pianist Jakob Gimpel and from that point on he became dedicated to a lifelong career in music.
Jerry Goldsmith’s Early Years
In the 1950s Goldsmith began his work at CBS as a typist and later in the network’s music section. It was during this time that he started writing music for shows such as CBS Radio Workshop, Frontier Gentleman and many other shows. Goldsmith also produced music scores for the program The Twilight Zone. After the 1960s Goldsmith left CBS in order to pursue greater opportunities and one of those big breaks was when he produced the score for the movie Planet of the Apes. In 1970 Goldsmith produced the music score for the movie Patton. During this time he started receiving Academy Award nominations for his music scores. For the music score for Planet of the Apes, Goldsmith got innovative by using what is known as echoplex, which is when a composer utilizes an orchestra to create beautiful sounds.