By Kevin Zimmerman
(The Resident Evil series and The Strangers)
The electronic music composers and entertainment software developers known as tomandandy (Tom Hajdu and Andy Milburn) first met at Princeton, after which they moved to New York to collaborate with the likes of film director Mark Pellington at MTV. They soon expanded to composing for commercials, TV shows, feature films, art installations and record projects.
First gaining widespread recognition for their screen-scoring work with 1993’s heist film Killing Zoe, the pair has since made a name for themselves by scoring the multitudinous Resident Evil films as well as for such modern-day horror flicks as The Hills Have Eyes and The Strangers – the latter of which found them using the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra in unusual and unexpected ways. The duo has also contributed memorable tracks for the 2002 Bret Easton Ellis adaptation The Rules of Attraction and last year’s motorcycle racing documentary Charge.
“We have always had an interest in the ways that music and media can work together to create a visceral experience,” Hajdu explains. “TV and film are two contexts where that can happen.”
The pair has no fewer than four horror films coming out this year – including The Apparition and Resident Evil: Retribution (the previous installment, 2010’s Resident Evil: Afterlife, Hajdu describes as “particularly well-received”).
Hajdu’s advice for those seeking to enter the field is brief and to the point: “Keep at it. Hard work and perseverance are rewarded over time.”