Max Payne [Original Score]

Max Payne [Original Score]

by Buck Sanders


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Since he emerged with his score for Scream in 1996, composer Marco Beltrami has specialized in contributing film music that is just a cut above the projects on which he works, most of which have been horror, science fiction, or action pictures. That has tended to get him more work and more prestigious assignments, culminating in his Academy Award nomination for 2007's 3:10 to Yuma, a big-budget Western remake with major stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale; the same year, he also did the long-awaited fourth installment in the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard, a plum assignment. With Max Payne, Beltrami is back to high-profile science fiction, a film based on a video game and starring Mark Wahlberg. And typically he does more than just come up with a bunch of action cues. His assistant, Buck Sanders, who tends to handle synthesizer sounds, has been promoted to co-composer for the effort (another associate, Dennis Smith, is listed in small print on the last page of the CD booklet with the ambiguous credit "additional music"), and they seem to have split their duties on a score that is reminiscent of some of Hollywood heavyweight Hans Zimmer's efforts in that it combines a full orchestra with electronic elements, mostly restricted to percussion. The slow, ponderous beginning ("Max Attacks"), achieved with a detuned piano, introduces a series of compositions that are often slower, quieter, and more contemplative than might have been expected. Generally, even when accompanying the usual chases and battles on the screen, Beltrami and Sanders let the synthesized percussion gallop while the strings play at half the speed. Things do rev up in such cues as "Factoring Max" and "Vote for Dennis," which display the influence of both Richard Wagner and Metallica. And that's the idea, of course, a contemporary combination of familiar dramatic orchestral effects and the feel of heavy metal. Beltrami, a student of Jerry Goldsmith, knows both Hollywood traditions and the demands of the contemporary action genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2008
Label: La-La Land Records
UPC: 0826924108024
catalogNumber: 1080
Rank: 136940

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buck Sanders   Primary Artist
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Darius Campo   Violin
Wade Culbreath   Percussion
Brian Dembow   Viola
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Alan Estes   Percussion
Julie Gigante   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
John Kurlander   Recorder
George Thatcher   Trombone
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
Peter Limonick   Percussion
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Pete Anthony   Conductor
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Darrin McCann   Viola
Paul Klintworth   Horn
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Michael Valerio   Bass
Oscar Hidalgo   Bass
Hollywood Studio Symphony   Performing Ensemble
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Serena McKinney   Violin
Robert Brophy   Viola
Alex Iles   Trombone
David Duke   Horn
James Thatcher   Horn
Phillip Levy   Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky   Harp
Sarah Thornbladeirina   Violin
Robert Sanders   Trombone
Kevin Connolly   Violin
Brian O'Connor   Horn

Technical Credits

Mark Banning   Art Direction
Bill Boston   Orchestration
John Kurlander   Engineer,Engineering
Tom Steel   Stage Manager
Dennis Smith   Orchestration,Additional Music
Tim Lauber   Engineering
Tom Cavanaugh   Business Consultant
Pete Anthony   Orchestration
Marco Beltrami   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
John J. Moore   Liner Notes,Filmmaker
Michael V. Gerhard   Producer
Buck Sanders   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Matt Verboys   Executive Producer
Marcus Trumpp   Orchestration
Dana Niu   Orchestration
Francesco Perlangeli   Stage Manager
Jamie Steele   Engineering
Rossano Galante   Orchestration
Denis St. Amand   Engineer
John Moore   Filmmaker
MV Gerthard   Audio Production

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