Tom Salta

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Tom Salta (Atlas Plug)
Background information
BornNorwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
GenresBreakbeat
Dance
Electronic
Hybrid
Orchestral
Occupation(s)Recording artist and soundtrack composer
LabelsFiXT Music
Associated actsCelldweller
Blue Stahli
Subkulture
Websitetomsalta.com
www.atlasplug.com

Tom Salta also known as Atlas Plug (stylised ATlA5 PlUG) is an American recording artist and soundtrack composer. He has composed soundtracks for many video game titles, including Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 1 & 2, Cold Fear, Red Steel and Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. Salta's score for Red Steel received an award for "Best Original Score" in IGN's Best of 2006 awards.[1] Salta works in multimedia including film, television, advertising, and video games.

Atlas Plug[edit]

Tom Salta is also the man behind the Atlas Plug moniker, and released his first album, 2 Days or Die, in February 2005.

Notable works[edit]

Prince of Persia[edit]

Salta composed and produced a score for Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands with a contemporary world music aesthetic. The score features performances recorded with percussionist Bashiri Johnson, vocals by world music singer Azam Ali and vocals by international recording artist Judith Bérard, as well as world music and middle-eastern instrumentation such as doubek, kora, khangira, bowhammer cymbalom, lakota slide, walimba, ney, duduk and custom-made instruments.

Red Steel 2[edit]

For Red Steel 2 Salta composed a 'Wild West' guitar-driven score blended with Asian music influences. He enlisted the guitar performances of studio musician Steve Ouimette and recorded various instrumentalists for Chinese percussion, shakuhachi, fue, pipa, harmonica and violin. Salta's contemporary and traditional Japanese musical score for the original Red Steel won IGN's Wii Award for Best Original Score.

Tom Clancy franchise[edit]

The anthemic military-themed orchestral scores for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 1&2 fuse electronic sounds into the score to capture the hi-tech aesthetic of the games for which he was nominated for “Best Video Game Score” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Salta’s anthemic orchestral scores for the Tom Clancy franchise captured the attention of the US Marines and subsequently he was assigned to create the music for the Marine Corps' latest recruitment commercial entitled "America's Few." Most recently Salta composed the live-action trailer for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and the score for Ubisoft's WWII real-time strategy game R.U.S.E..

Discography[edit]

Recording under the artist name “Atlas Plug”, tracks from his album 2 Days or Die were used by television shows on ABC, CBS, MTV, NBC as well as national commercials.[citation needed] His Atlas Plug music can also be heard in the soundtracks to games such as Crackdown, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Project Gotham Racing 3. Salta's orchestral music for Hollywood movie trailers and promos includes Toy Story 3, Harry Potter, Spider-Man, Astro Boy, and Coraline. Prior to his composing career, Salta toured with and worked on releases by artists such as Peter Gabriel, Junior Vasquez, Everything But The Girl, Deep Forest, Mary J. Blige and Sinéad O'Connor.

Video games[edit]

Year Title Developer Publisher
2017 LawBreakers Boss Key Productions Nexon
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds PUBG Corporation PUBG Corporation
Microsoft Studios
Tencent Games
2016 Killer Instinct: Season 3 Double Helix Games
Iron Galaxy Studios
Microsoft StudiosRare
Microsoft Studios
2015 Eon Altar Flying Helmet Games Flying Helmet Games
2015 Halo: Spartan Strike 343 IndustriesVanguard Games Microsoft Studios
2014 Halo 2: Anniversary Blur Studio
Bungie
Certain Affinity
Saber Interactive
Microsoft Studios
2013 Halo: Spartan Assault 343 Industries
Vanguard Games
Microsoft Studios
2013 Galactic Reign Slant Six Games Microsoft Studios
2012 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Red Storm Entertainment
Ubisoft
Ubisoft
2011 Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary 343 Industries
Saber Interactive
Microsoft Studios
2011 From Dust Ubisoft Montpellier Ubisoft
2010 R.U.S.E. Eugen Systems Ubisoft
2010 Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 Ubisoft Bucharest Ubisoft
2010 The Agency: Covert Ops SOE Seattle Sony Online Entertainment
2010 Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Ubisoft Ubisoft
2010 Red Steel 2 Ubisoft Paris Ubisoft
2009 Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. Ubisoft
Gameloft
Ubisoft
2008 Movie Studio Party Phoenix Interactive Entertainment Ubisoft
2007 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Red Storm Entertainment
Ubisoft Paris
Ubisoft/Red Storm
2007 Crackdown Realtime Worlds Microsoft Studios
2006 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Darkworks
Grin
Red Storm Entertainment
Tiwak
Ubisoft
Ubisoft/Red Storm
2006 Red Steel Ubisoft Paris Ubisoft/Nintendo
2006 Full Auto 2: Battlelines Deep Fried Entertainment
Pseudo Interactive
SEGA
2006 The Fast and the Furious Eutechnyx Namco
2006 Kim Possible: What's the Switch? Behaviour Interactive A2M
2005 Cold Fear Darkworks Ubisoft
2005 Project Gotham Racing 3 Bizarre Creations
Glu Mobile
Microsoft Studios
2005 Still Life Microïds Microïds
2005 MLB 2006 989 Studios Sony Computer Entertainment
2004 Need for Speed: Underground 2 EAIdeaworks Game Studio
Pocketeers
EA
2004 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 Red Storm Entertainment Ubisoft
2004 Sprung Longtail Studios Ubisoft
2004 Get On Da Mic Behaviour Interactive Eidos/A2M
2004 Rallisport Challenge 2 EA DICE Microsoft Studios
2004 Street Racing Syndicate Eutechnyx Limited
Raylight Studios
Streamline Studios
Namco

TV and film[edit]

Title Company Name
Toy Story 3 (web trailer) Pixar
Astro Boy (film trailer) Summit Entertainment
Coraline (film trailer) Focus Features
Traitor (film trailer) Overture Films
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film trailer) Warner Bros.
DOA (film trailer) Constantin Film
The Da Vinci Code - Featurette: Making of and Promos Sony
The Last Mimzy (film trailer) New Line Cinema
Arthur and the Invisibles (TV & film trailers) Weinstein Co.
Derailed (film trailer) Miramax
Making of Spider-Man 2 HBO
Infinity Q45 National TV/Radio Commercial
GMC National TV/Radio Commercial
CFDA Awards (Committee of the Fashion Designers of America) CFDA Awards Show Theme - Televised
2006 Winter Olympics NBC
Joan of Arcadia[2] CBS
Third Watch[3] NBC
Latin Access NBC
1-800-Missing (Known as Missing in season 2) Lionsgate Television
Making of Anaconda 2 Cinemax
All Music Branding for KTLA WB Television Network
Open Water (television traiker) Lionsgate
Shrediquette Indie
US Open[SIA disambiguation needed] Commercials ESPN
Volvo S40 Worldwide TV Commercial
Bertolli National Commercial Bertolli
Johnny Zero Warner Brothers
America's Next Top Model UPN
Punk'd[3] MTV
Vertical Zoo 2004 Indie
Wild Discovery Main Theme The Discovery Channel

Records and artists[edit]

Album/Song Artist(s)
2 Days or Die Atlas Plug (Solo Album)
"Believe" Cher
Whitney: The Greatest Hits - "How Will I Know" Whitney Houston
"While the Earth Sleeps" Deep Forest and Peter Gabriel
"Love Has a Name" Kathy Troccoli
"Moonchild" Deborah Gibson
Introduction to Mayhem Primer 55
Ten Till Midnight Tommy Page
Mobius - "Hardly a Day", "So It Is", "Unaware", "Epilogue (Hardly a Day Part 1)" QED
Halfway Till Dawn Philippe Saisse
WCW Mayhem: The Music Various Artists
"Round Window" (for Malcolm in the Middle) Flak
"Angel" (Remix) Christian Davis
Turn the Tides 38th Parallel
"Tell Me" Dru Hill
"I Am Thin and Gorgeous" Junior Vasquez
"One More Chance" Julio Iglesias Jr.
Rarities & Remixes - "Faith, Hope & Love" Point of Grace
Welcome to Woop Woop Original Soundtrack
Various songs Sinead O'Connor
"Missing" (Remix) Everything but the Girl
"If You Believe" (Remix) Sascha Schmitz
"How Crazy Are You?" (Remix) Meja
"Awa Awa" Wes Madiko
"Feel What You Want" (Remix) Kristine W
"Golden Brown" (Remix) Emer Kenny
"The Gates of Annwn" (Remix) Ceredwen
"Love Won't Wait" (Remix) Gary Barlow
Leap of Faith - "It's Alright" David Charvet
"Breakin'" Arthur Baker
Let's Roll: Together in Unity, Faith and Love - "I Believe" Various Artists
Celldweller 10 Year Anniversary Edition - "Ghosts (feat. Tom Salta)" Celldweller

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wii: Best Original Score". IGN. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  2. ^ Spence D. (November 24, 2004). "Tom Salta Interview". IGN. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  3. ^ a b Spence D. (November 24, 2004). "Tom Salta Interview". IGN. Retrieved 2010-09-24.

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