Biography

Max Avery Lichtenstein is an American/British composer, songwriter and record producer currently based in the New York City region. He studied filmscoring and music production at Berklee College of Music in Boston.  

In 1999, Max was asked to compose and record music for the feature film Jesus' Son.  This critically-acclaimed movie introduced Max's work to the independent film community, leading Max to write scores and songs for a number of narrative features, including the Academy Award® nominated film Far From Heaven.  In the fall of 2003 Max was honored with the Artbridge Association Award for Best Original Score at the Hamptons Film Festival for his work on Screen Door Jesus.  Max's score for James Marsh's The King was called “inspired” by The Hollywood Reporter after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.  

Max has also scored numerous award-winning documentaries, including the Oscar®-nominated short Mondays at Racine and the Emmy®-nominated feature War Don Don. His original instrumental songs for the groundbreaking documentary Tarnation were widely hailed by critics and continue to generate a great deal of public interest, with downloads of the film's main theme song tallying more than 350,000.  Recently, Max provided original and licensed music for Barbara Kopple’s feature This Is Everything: GiGi Gorgeous, and he scored the Emmy®-winning HBO documentary Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists.

Max’s work is frequently licensed for use in films, television programs and major advertising campaigns worldwide, including spots for Chrysler (USA), Geico (USA), Impulse Body Spray (UK), 3 Mobile (Italy), and The BBC (UK). In addition to his film work, Max writes and records under the name Camphor, and he is a founding member of the band Timesbold. He also produces and/or mixes albums for other artists such as Mercury Rev, Mook (featuring Paul Dano), The Silent League and Hopewell.

Max’s unique style, varied experience and indie sensibilities infuse a special character into his music and into the projects that his songs and scores accompany.