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Friday, February 20, 2009


Just Buried
Music by Sarren Fung
MovieScore Media MMS-09003
20 Tracks 33:10 mins

Released to coincide with the US DVD release of this award-winning Canadian comedy comes Darren Fung's score for Just Buried, which features the Czech FILMharmonic under the baton of the composer. A new name to me, you can find out more about Darren by visiting
The album opens with the brief and mysterious "Welcome to Elder's Bluff," the somewhat otherworldly theme continuing in variations throughout "Whynacht's Funeral Home," "Strange Town, Stranger People" and "New Owner Nosebleeds." A change of direction comes in the happy little whistled tune "Fortunes are Changing, "followed by the surprisingly light "Vehicular Manslaughter." The composer brings a somewhat classical period sound to the violin-lead "Pickles Has the Stick," complete with harpsichord accompaniment. The determined "The Day After" follows, then, after a somewhat drunken opening, we are treated to more variations on the main theme, with cimbalom joining the piano at one point in "Evening Drive." "Ollie's First Time" sees harpsichord return in this brief, sneaky affair, followed by more of the same in "Sneakery." A sinister air is given to "Damned Prostate, and then more sneakiness in "Snarr's." The diabolical "I Dropped a Minivan on Him" follows, then its more sneakiness in "I Have to Go Pee," with its slightly unhinged ending. The somewhat drunken clarinet returns at the start of "Into the Drink," with its overblown ending. High drama follows in "You Screwed My Dad!?!?, though the track does end on a very subdued note. The expressive penultimate track, "Naugler's Funeral Home" leads into "He Was a Good Man," which is basically a hymn played by unaccompanied church organ.
This quirky little score is quite entertaining and I look forward to hearing more from this composer.
As usual, there is a limited CD release and copies should be available from the likes of Screen Archives and Intrada, or you can download the album from iTunes if you prefer.
Visit for further details and to hear samples.

From Top Dollar PR:-

Salta Records with A-list Musicians in New York for the New Title in the Prestigious
Tom Clancy's Video Game Franchise

Composer and music producer Tom Salta, whose previous
credits include the MTV VMA-nominated original score for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon:
Advanced Warfighter® (GRAW) and the acclaimed sequel Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced
Warfighter® 2, has written and recorded the exhilarating original music score for
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X(TM), the first air-combat game set in the world-renowned Tom
Clancy's video game universe. Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X will be available March 3, 2009
for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3
computer entertainment system. The Windows-based PC version of the game will be
released the following week.

Developed by Ubisoft®'s Bucharest studio, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X delivers an intense
and authentic aerial combat experience by fully leveraging the benefits of the current
-generation platforms. To emphasize the game's cutting-edge technology, devastating firepower,
and intense dogfights, Salta composed an adrenalized and emotionally-charged live
orchestral / electronic hybrid score recorded at Legacy Studios in New York with
A-list musicians from the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
"In Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X we had to explore five emotional dimensions: the patriot,
the life of a mercenary, betrayal, hopelessness and open war on U.S. soil," said
Emil Gheorghe, producer of H.A.W.X. "Tom Salta managed not only to tie all these
elements together in an astoundingly rich and memorable score but he also crafted
an acoustical identity for our game to stand up in the midst of the Tom Clancy's
titles. Using orchestral arrangements, high-tech sounds and a mix of traditional
instruments, he built an incredibly diverse soundtrack ranging from flavorful traditional
themes to military tracks."
To preview samples of Salta's music for the game, visit the official website at

Tom Salta's other video game credits include Ubisoft's exclusive first-person action
title for the Wii(TM) home video game system from Nintendo, Red Steel, drawing from
traditional and contemporary Japan for the game's original soundtrack which received
IGN's Wii Award for Best Original Score. Recording under the artist name Atlas Plug,
he is currently writing the follow-up to his highly acclaimed debut solo album 2
Days or Die. For more information on Tom Salta visit

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