August 26, 1946
New York City, New York, United States
Mark Snow (born August 26, 1946) is an American composer for film and television, perhaps best known for his work with The X-Files.
Among his most famous compositions is the theme music for sci-fi television series The X-Files. The theme reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart. Snow also wrote the music for another Chris Carter series, Millennium, and the background music scores for both shows, a total of 12 seasons' worth.
Early life and education
Born Martin Fulterman in New York City, New York on August 26, 1946, Snow grew up in the borough of Brooklyn, graduating from the High School of Music and Art (1964) and, afterwards, the Juilliard School of Music. He was a co-founder of the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble.
Snow also composed the score for the television movie Dirty Pictures, the series Smallville and One Tree Hill. He has also composed music for video games, such as Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Urban Assault (cutscene music only).
Snow has been nominated for 19 Emmy Awards and won 34 ASCAP awards. He was nominated for a César Award for his work on the film Coeurs directed by French director, Alain Resnais. Snow has also worked on Resnais's film Les Herbes folles.
His scores for 2013 include the final episodes of season three of Blue Bloods. There are no further known projects.
Snow stopped composing for Smallville; his final season was season seven, at which point from season eight onward Louis Febre—who had composed additional score on some of Snow's episodes previously—took over as composer.
Themes for T.V. series
Snow composed main title themes for a number of popular TV shows (and some episode scores+):
- Smallville (2001-2006) +
- Ghost Whisperer (2005—2010) +
- The Lone Gunmen (all episodes; 2001) +
- Urban Assault (VG) (1998)
- La Femme Nikita (1997–2001)
- The Guardian (TV series) (2001-2004)
- Millennium (all episodes; 1996–99) +
- Nowhere Man (1995) +.
- The X-Files (1993–2002, 2016)
- Hart to Hart (1979–84)
- The War Widow (1976)
T.V. series and T.V. movies
|1976||Gemini Man|| Incomplete episodes:|
"Sam Casey, Sam Casey" (co-scored with Lee Holdridge)
|1976||The Boy in the Plastic Bubble||Film||No|
|1976||Starsky and Hutch||15 episodes, including arranging the season 3 opening theme||No|
|1979||240-Robert|| Incomplete episodes:|
"Double Trouble" (season 1)
"Earthquake" (season 1)
"A Cool Welcome" (season 2)
"First Loss" (season 2)
"Hostages" (season 2)
|1979||Brothers and Sisters|| Incomplete episodes:|
"Man in Chains"
"Made in Japan"
"A Wrenching Problem"
"Love and Marriage"
"Save the Monkey"
"Truth or Consequences"
|1980||When the Whistle Blows|| Incomplete episodes:||No|
|1982||TJ Hooker||12 episodes, including all season 1||No|
|1983||Lottery!|| All episodes:|
"Being a Winner" (pilot)
"Los Angeles: Bigger Volume"
"Denver: Following Through"
"Portland: Treasure Hunt"
"Chicago: Another Chance"
"St. Louis: Win or Los"
"Minneapolis: Six Months Down"
The rest of the series was scored by Ken Heller, with one-shots by Nan Schwartz (1.5) and Leland Bond (1.10)
|1986||Bridges Go Cross|| Incomplete episodes:||No|
|1986||The Girl Who Spelled Freedom||T.V. movie||No|
|1989||Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure||T.V. movie||No|
|1990||Pee-wee's Playhouse|| All episodes:|
"Love That Story"
The CD The Snow Files contains one bonus cue from the series.
|1991||All Together Now|| Incomplete episodes:|
"Daddy Cool" (pilot)
|1992||The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story||T.V. movie||No|
|2000||In the Name of the People||TV Movie||No|
|2003||D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear||T.V. movie||No|
|2002||Birds of Prey|| All episodes:|
"Prey for the Hunter"
"Three Birds and a Baby"
"Sins of the Mother"
"Nature of the Beast"
"Feat of Clay"
|2010 to 2012||Blue Bloods|| Incomplete episodes (multiples):|
"Collateral Damage" (2.21)
All of season two. Season one was scored in part or all of, by Rob Simonsen.
|2011 to 2012||Ringer|| All episodes:|
"The Poor Kids Do It Everyday [sic]" (1.6)
"Oh Gawd, There's Two of Them?" (1.7)
"Maybe We Can Get a Dog Instead?" (1.8)
"Shut Up and Eat Your Bologna" (1.9)
"That's What You Get for Trying to Kill Me" (1.10)
"It Just Got Normal" (1.11)
"What Are You Doing Here, Ho-Bag?" (1.12)
"It's Easy to Cry When This Much Cash is Involved" (1.13)
"Whores Don't Make That Much" (1.14)
"P.S. You're an Idiot" (1.15)
"You're Way Too Pretty to Go to Jail" (1.16)
"What We Have Is Worth the Pain" (1.17)
"That Woman's Never Been a Victim Her Entire Life" (1.18)
"Let's Kill Bridget" (1.19)
"If You’re Just an Evil Bitch Then Get Over It" (1.20)
"It's Called Improvising, Bitch!" (1.21)
"I’m the Good Twin" (1.22; season finale)
The first five episodes were composed by Gabriel Mann, who also provided the show's opening/closing theme. As of May, 2012, the show is still cancelled.
Mark Snow has released the following soundtracks commercially:
- Skateboard (1978) – LP only
- The X-Files: The Truth and the Light (Seasons 1–3) 
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 
- Disturbing Behavior 
- The X-Files (film score) 
- Crazy In Alabama 
- The Snow Files (various) 
- UFO: The Truth Is Here (rare CD) (2001)
- The Best of MillenniuM (Season 1–3)  (iTunes exclusive)
- Helter Skelter 
- Dark Skies (pilot episode; limited edition, Perseverance Records) [CD released in 2006]
- Coeurs (A.K.A. Private Fears in Public Places) 
- MillenniuM (Season 1–3; 2-CD set, LaLaLand Records; SOLD OUT) 
- The X-Files: I Want to Believe (film score) 
- Jake Speed (BuySoundtrax Records; same contents, but remastered, as the old Varèse Sarabande LP) 
- Conundrum 
- Harsh Realm/The Lone Gunmen (selections from both shows, 1CD, limited, La La Land Records) 
- The X-Files Volume 1 (selections from all seasons, 4-CD set, limited, La La Land Records) 
- The X-Files Volume 2 (selections from all seasons, 4-CD set, limited, La La Land Records) 
- Smallville 2CD (Disc one contains the Louis Febre score from the MP3 download, in non MP3 quality; disc two contains unreleased Febre and Snow material. To be released August 28, 2012 by La La Land Records; limited to 3,000 copies)
- Vous n'avez encore rien vu (CD release; available overseas only) 
Snow released The X Files theme song as a single in March 1996, which reached number 2 in the UK charts.
Not commercially released
Other soundtracks unofficially or non-commercially available are:
- Ernest Saves Christmas  – promotional CD
- Conundrum (longer than the 2009 commercial release) – internet leak
- Murder Between Friends (two versions) – internet leak
- Millennium: Season 1  – promotional CD
- The X-Files: Jose Chung's From Outer Space  – internet leak
- The X-Files Season 5: The Post-Modern Prometheus, Christmas Carol  – internet leak
- Night Sins (TV mini series)  – "Night Sins" was issued in a limited edition release of 1000 units from BSX Records in 2010.
- Miracle Landings  –
- The Dancing Cow  – official free internet download (website no longer up)
- Pearl Harbor II: Pearlmageddon  – official free internet download (website no longer up).
- Smallville Original Score TV Soundtrack [2001–2011]
- According to the "Behind the Truth" segment on the X-Files Season 1 DVD, Mark Snow created the echo effect on the "The X-Files" theme song by accident. Snow said that he had gone through several revisions, but X-Files creator/writer/director Chris Carter felt that something was not quite right. Carter walked out of the room and Snow put his hand and forearm on his keyboard in frustration. Snow said, "this sound was in the keyboard. And that was it."
- Mark Snow at the Internet Movie Database
- GSA Music Agency representation
- ASCAP Biography
- Interview with Randall D. Larson, Soundtrax: Episode 2008-11, 23 May 2008
- Interview Musique Fantastique.com: Interview with Mark Snow: Scoring the X-FILES Mini-Series, 23 January 2016