Owen Pallett

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Also performs as: Final Fantasy (Canadian indie pop, Owen Pallett)


Michael James Owen Pallett (born September 7, 1979) is a Canadian composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist, who performs solo as Owen Pallett or, before 2010, under the name Final Fantasy. As Final Fantasy, he won the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for the album He Poos Clouds.

From the age of 3, Pallett studied classical violin, and composed his first piece at age 13. A notable early composition includes some of the music for the game Traffic Department 2192; he moved on to scoring films, to composing two operas while in university. Apart from the indie music scene, he has had commissions from the Barbican, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada, Bang on a Can, Ecstatic Music Festival, the Vancouver CBC Orchestra, and Fine Young Classicals.

On his Final Fantasy releases, Pallett has collaborated with Leon Taheny, who is credited as drummer and engineer. Following the release of Heartland, Pallett has toured with guitarist/percussionist Thomas Gill and more recently with his former collaborators in Les Mouches, Rob Gordon and Matt Smith.

Pallett has been noted for his live performances, wherein he plays the violin into a loop pedal. Pallett uses Max/MSP and SooperLooper to do multi-phonic looping, which sends his violin signal to amplifiers across the stage.

In January 2014, Pallett and William Butler were nominated for Best Original Score at the 86th Academy Awards for their work on Her.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Heartland Owen Pallett 4 5
2014 In Conflict Owen Pallett 5 6


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Lewis' Dream (Flora Advert) Owen Pallett 1
2010 Lewis Takes Action Owen Pallett 1
2014 Julia / Tiberius Daphni & Owen Pallett 1
2014 Polaris Music Prize Split 7" Owen Pallett / Arcade Fire 1
2015 The Phone Call Owen Pallett 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Lewis Takes Off His Shirt Owen Pallett 1
2010 A Swedish Love Story EP Owen Pallett 4
2010 Export Owen Pallett 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Keep the Dog Quiet (Simon Bookish remix) Owen Pallett 1

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