Kubilay Uner - Columbia College Chicago

Kubilay Uner

Associate Professor



Kubilay Uner makes adventurous, eclectic, colorful music for media ranging from film and television to concerts and records.

He blends acoustic, synthetic and found sounds, builds his own instruments, bends tempos, layers noise, mixes metaphors, and is generally convinced that good music only happens when you mix things up.

Credits include his SCL-Award-nominated score for the Al Pacino historical drama “American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally”, the Mel Gibson action film “Force of Nature”, the Lionsgate Western "Gone Are the Days" starring Lance Henriksen, Tom Berenger and Danny Trejo, as well as "Big Sur", based on Jack Kerouac's novel; plus a genuine Wyld Stallyns track for Bill & Ted Face the Music, record productions for soul legend Bobby Womack; music for "Corkscrew Hill", a theme park ride at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA; and music for video art installations at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Kubilay Uner serves as the Director of the Music Composition for the Screen MFA program Columbia College Chicago's Music Department. From 2017 - 2023 he also served as a board member for the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), Americas premier organization representing media composers, where he chaired the Early Career committee. He is professionally represented by Fortress Talent Management, one of Hollywood's leading agencies representing composers for visual media.

Instructional Areas

Music composition and production for visual media (film, TV, advertising, and experiential installations).

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Composition and production of music for narrative and documentary projects using innovative composition and production techniques that employ both traditional acoustic instruments as well as electronic and digital sounds and processes.


M.F.A., Music Composition California Institute of the Arts 1991