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Daniel Carlin, 73; Emmy-Winning TV, Film Music Editor

Obituaries

September 09, 2001|MYRNA OLIVER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Daniel Adrian Carlin, who earned a music-editing Emmy Award for the 1987 miniseries "Unnatural Causes" and in the 1970s altered Hollywood's post-production practices by founding a series of independent music-editing companies, has died. He was 73.

Carlin died Aug. 14 at his home in Carpinteria, Calif., of complications from lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis, his family said.

Among the films for which he edited the music were "Scorpio," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Ghost," "Gorillas in the Mist," "Dead Poets Society," "Fatal Attraction," "Parenthood" and "Cliffhanger."

Third in a line of five Irish American Daniel A. Carlins, he founded La Da Music in 1972. The company, now called Segue Music and run by his son Daniel Allen Carlin, is part of Zomba Entertainment and is considered the leading film and television music editing company in the business.

The father also founded Segue's Triad Music with his daughters, Kathryn and Patricia, and Tacet Music.

"My father, during his splendidly successful career as a music editor, was always willing to train any hard-working person possessing reasonable smarts and a decent sense of rhythm," Daniel Allen Carlin once said.

The senior Carlin collaborated with such major soundtrack composers as Hugo Friedhofer, Lionel Newman, Lalo Schifrin, Elmer Bernstein and Ennio Morricone.

Carlin also wrote the book "Music in Film and Video Production" and lectured at UCLA, the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the University of Texas and Dublin University.

Carlin, a Navy veteran, served for 30 years on the executive committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' music branch.

In addition to Daniel, Kathryn and Patricia, he is survived by his wife, Annie; a son, Thomas; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was to be held Saturday in Santa Monica.

The family has asked that any memorial donations be sent to MusiCares at the Recording Academy, 3402 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405; or to the Motion Picture Academy Foundation's Film-Score Preservation Fund, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

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