Michael Hampton


Michael Hampton is a Brooklyn-based composer/musician whose work has been heard in films, television, video games and museum installations.

Michael began his career in the early ’80s Washington, D.C. hardcore punk scene, playing guitar and writing music for S.O.A. (with Henry Rollins) The Faith, Embrace and One Last Wish (with members of Fugazi), releasing several records on the seminal Dischord label.

Later he was the principal songwriter and guitarist for Manifesto, whose sole LP was lauded in the UK press by both NME and Melody Maker.

Since then Michael has scored Activision’s “Minority Report” video game, and 73 documentaries for the Discovery Channel, The History Channel and PBS.

Michael’s music has been used in programs airing on Netflix, Fox, TLC, The Sundance Channel, HBO, Paramount, The WB, NBC, CBS and MTV, among others.

Recent work includes a score for the documentary “Even Though The Whole World Is Burning,” a film about Pulitzer Prize-winning United States Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin, cues for Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” and a score and music supervision for “Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington D.C. 1980 – 1990”.