Gary Chang was born on February 22nd, 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His mother was a New England Conservatory Of Music vocalist and his father an M.I.T. Doctor of Science who was also a hi-fi buff who built his own stereo system. With this background it comes as no surprise that Gary's life would revolve around music and technology. He went to high school in Pittsburgh, attended college at Carnegie-Mellon University and studied electronic music at CalArts. During this time he appeared in several bands performing, doing arranging etc.
Gary has been a studio musician for Robbie Robertson, Al Jarreau, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock and film music composers Patrick Williams and Giorgio Moroder. Gary has also worked with artists like Tom Jones, Eddie Money and Barbra Streisand mainly as a synthesizer programmer. Despite his extensive background in electronic music, he's best known for his film scores.
Gary got his first film score credit ("additional music by") for John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club" back in 1985. This was a big film which did pretty well. He followed that with the score to "Firewalker", a 1986 adventure-comedy starring Chuck Norris. In the same year he worked for the first time with director John Frankenheimer. The film was "52 Pick-Up". He would reunite with Frankenheimer for seven more projects.
After doing several big theatrical movies as well as several TV-movies, Gary composed "Storm of the Century", a mini-series written by Stephen King and directed by Craig R. Baxley with whom Gary worked on several projects. He would return to the world of Stephen King by providing scores for "Rose Red" and "Kingdom Hospital".
In 2001, in a rare move for a Hollywood-composer, Gary composed the horror film KAT, which was produced in Denmark. Based on Steen Langstrup's novel, KAT has been sold to over 20 countries.
In recent years, Gary has dedicated himself to creating new soundscapes as well as teaching film scoring.