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Tom Salta (Atlas Plug)
|Born||Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Recording artist and soundtrack composer|
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. Salta works in multimedia including film, television, advertising, and video games.
Tom Salta is also the man behind the Atlas Plug moniker, and released his first album, 2 Days or Die, in February 2005.
Prince of Persia
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
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
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..
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. 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.
TV and film
Records and artists
|2 Days or Die||Atlas Plug (Solo Album)|
|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|
|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|
|Let's Roll: Together in Unity, Faith and Love - "I Believe"||Various Artists|
|Celldweller 10 Year Anniversary Edition - "Ghosts (feat. Tom Salta)"||Celldweller|
- Tom Salta interview with IGN (November 2004)