The Salton Sea [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

The Salton Sea [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Thomas Newman



Thomas Newman's patient score for the revenge drama The Salton Sea is filled with such an honest sense of noir that one can't help wondering if the man moonlights as a P.I. As a whole, the soft pianos and long string cues resonate like a chillier version of his excellent work on 1994's The Shawshank Redemption. His deep understanding of the human condition is evident during the dreamy "Gun Cemetery." With it's atonal piano notes falling like misled raindrops, it resembles an instrumental rendering of the image-laden "9th and Hennepin" off of Tom Waits' Rain Dogs album. The spooky solo trumpet on the atmospheric "First Wife" and "Saeta" closely mirrors the protagonist's lonely vigilantism, causing the sultry Rhodes-led groove on "Glock Semi-Automatic" to sound like an out of control freight train. Newman's mastery of the organic and the processed world of sounds has a great deal to do with his talent for seamlessness -- the gritty backwards guitar loop that opens "Palmdale Monty" simply sounds like an instrument in the composers repertoire -- and his otherworldly restraint. By refusing to fill the space between each breath, car chase, and gunfight, he unleashes a much more effective beast, a quiet and elegant bombast.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2002
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206635126
catalogNumber: 066351

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thomas Newman   Primary Artist
Steve Kujala   Flute,Soloist,Drones
John Beasley   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Soloist
Sue Raney   Bass
Marilyn Baker   Viola
Sid Page   Violin
Bob Adcock   Cello
Terence Blanchard   Trumpet,Soloist
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Darius Campo   Violin
Carole Castillo   Viola
Ronald Clark   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
George Doering   Guitar,Mandolin,Sitar,Soloist
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Richard Feves   Bass
Michael Fisher   Drums,Tabla,Tamboura,Timpani,Drum Loop,Soloist
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Harris Goldman   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Janet Lakatos   Viola
Kathleen Lenski   Violin
Brian Leonard   Violin
Linda Lipsett   Viola
Earl Madison   Cello
Michael Markman   Violin
Edward Meares   Bass
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Robin Olson   Violin
Simon Oswell   Viola
Katia Popov   Violin
Barbara Porter   Violin
Karie Prescott   Viola
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Danny Seidenberg   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Tina Soule   Cello
Steve Tavaglione   Baritone Saxophone,EWI,Soloist,Sample Voices
Richard Treat   Cello
Ian Walker   Bass
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
John Scanlon   Viola
Dave Stone   Bass
Ann Atkinson   Bass
Dmitri Boviard   Viola
George Budd   Gong,Soloist
Rick Cox   Electric Guitar,Soloist,Mouthpiece
Chas Smith   Pedal Steel Guitar,Soloist,Resonator
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Bill Bernstein   Piano,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Norm Hughes   Violin
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Carolyn Osborn   Violin
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Norman Ludwin   Bass
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Hershberger   Violin
Gary Kuo   Violin
Frances Liu Wu   Bass
Rachel Purkin   Violin
Susan Rishik   Violin
Guillermo Romero   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Tiffiany Yi Hu   Violin
Eve Butler   Violin
Robert Gerry   Violin
Robert Decker   Viola
Oscar Hidalgo   Bass
Horia Moroaica   Violin
Liane Mautner   Violin
Frances Moore   Violin
Vahe Hayrikyan   Cello
Aimee Kreston   Violin
Robert Matsuda   Violin
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Steve Richards   Cello
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello
Phillip Levy   Violin
Chris Ermacoff   Cello
Marc Sazer   Violin
Karen Jones   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
David H. Speltz   Cello
Raymond Tischer   Viola

Technical Credits

John Beasley   drum programming
George Doering   Contributor
Joel Iwataki   Engineer,Remixing
Thomas Newman   Producer
Thomas Pasatieri   Orchestration
Robert Townson   Executive Producer
George Budd   Amplifiers
Bill Bernstein   Producer,Contributor

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