Logan Nelson (composer)

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Logan Nelson
Logan Nelson Film Composer.jpg
Nelson in January 2018
Background information
Born (1996-11-11) November 11, 1996 (age 22)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
GenresFilm score, electronic, ambient, orchestral
Occupation(s)Composer, producer
InstrumentsPiano, viola

Logan Nelson (born November 11, 1996) is an American composer who has composed scores for films, video games, and modern dance productions.[1] In 2018, he received the SABAM Award for Best Young International Composer by the World Soundtrack Academy.[2] He is known for his work with Kris Bowers, where he composed additional music on the scores to Green Book, Dear White People (TV series) and For the People (2018 TV series).[3]

Life and education[edit]

Nelson was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. In his early years, he "fell in love with" the viola and studied piano and composition with local professors.[1] Nelson attended the University of Southern California[4] where he majored in Music Composition and minored in Cinematic Arts.[5] At USC, he studied music composition with Ted Hearne[6] and film scoring with Garry Schyman;[5] Nelson worked closely with the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and a solo violinist to "sample unique and interesting violin textures that [he] later produced into electronic elements" in collaboration with student choreographers, the project concluded with two performances.[7]

Nelson worked on over 30 original short film scores at USC.[5] His score for Pepper was named Best Original Score by the NYC Indie Film Awards.[8]


In his first summer in Los Angeles, Nelson was offered a prestigious position as an assistant for film composer Hans Zimmer's, Remote Control Productions. Following this, he began working as the composition assistant for Kris Bowers.[1] With Bowers, Nelson assisted on the scores to television projects like Dear White People (TV series) and For the People (2018 TV series).[3] Additionally, Nelson wrote additional music with Bowers on the Sundance Film Festival selection, Monsters and Men, as well as the Tribeca Film Festival selection, Unstoppable.[5] His most recent project with Bowers was Green Book (film).[9]

Logan just finished collaborating with documentary filmmaker Renan Ozturk on a piece with National Geographic and Sony about Mt. Everest. [10] He recently scored the romantic comedy, Straight Up.[9] The film was produced by Valparaiso Pictures and stars actress Katie Findlay.[11]

Nelson also produces music for the synth-pop duo, LightHouse.[12] Their song, Nebula, was described by NEST HQ (Owsla) as "mature, highly-refined synth-pop brilliantly contrasting bright, summery sounds with ghostly, melancholy vocal harmonies and a dark, echoing flair to the production."[13] LightHouse was just featured in FLAUNT Magazine.[12]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Young Wichita native's music named best in the world at international festival". kansas. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  2. ^ Dalton2018-10-17T22:00:00+01:00, Ben. "Kendrick Lamar, late Jóhann Jóhannsson win at 2018 World Soundtrack Awards". Screen. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  3. ^ a b "Logan Nelson wins Sabam Award at World Soundtrack Awards". Sabam. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  4. ^ "Senior Logan Nelson finalist for World Soundtrack award". music.usc.edu. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  5. ^ a b c d "Music Artist for October 2018: Logan Nelson". Oklahoma Film and Music Office. 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  6. ^ Oganesyan, Natalie (2018-09-21). "Senior selected as World Soundtrack Awards finalist". Daily Trojan. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  7. ^ Ordin, Olivia (2017-03-08). "Choreographers and composers to perform together". Daily Trojan. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  8. ^ "NYC Indie Film Awards". www.nycindiefilmawards.com. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  9. ^ a b "Logan Nelson". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  10. ^ "Instagram". Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  11. ^ Wiseman, Andreas; Wiseman, Andreas (2018-10-02). "Valparaiso Pictures To Produce & Finance Rom-Com 'Straight Up' Starring 'Man Seeking Woman' Actress Katie Findlay". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  12. ^ a b "Flaunt Premiere | LightHouse "Bonnie & Clyde"". Flaunt Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  13. ^ "Premiere: LightHouse Share Uplifting, Ethereal Pop-tronic on "Nebula"". NEST HQ. 2018-07-27. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  14. ^ "Johann Johannsson Wins Posthumous World Soundtrack Award for Best Film Composer of the Year - Soundtrack.Net". www.soundtrack.net. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  15. ^ STF. "World Soundtrack Awards 2018 – Winners". SoundTrackFest. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  16. ^ "2016 YoungArts Winners" (PDF). National YoungArts Foundation. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  17. ^ "2015 YoungArts Winners" (PDF). National YoungArts Foundation. Retrieved 2018-12-29.

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