Tom Salta

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Tom Salta
Background information
Born Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Film, television, advertising and most notably video games
Occupation(s) Recording artist and soundtrack composer

Tom Salta is an American recording artist and soundtrack composer. He has composed soundtracks for many popular 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 most notably 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]

To fully immerse players in the Prince's new adventure, Salta composed and produced a score that captures the essence and spirit of the original Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and supports the new story and gameplay of 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, Ubisoft’s new first-person action title developed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii and designed with full Wii MotionPlus integration, 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, Ubisoft’s exclusive first-person action title for the Nintendo Wii, 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. To enhance the exhilarating experience of Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 1&2, the air-combat game series set in the world-renowned Tom Clancy video game universe, Salta composed the adrenalized and emotionally charged live orchestral / electronic hybrid scores to emphasize the games’ cutting-edge technology, devastating firepower and intense dogfights. 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 atmospheric, tension gripping military score for Ubisoft's innovative WWII real-time strategy game R.U.S.E..


Salta has garnered widespread acclaim for his distinctive, produced scores featured in popular franchises such as R.U.S.E., Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Wii, Red Steel 1&2, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 1&2 and Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 1&2. Recording under the artist name “Atlas Plug”, tracks from his album 2 Days or Die grace many 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 a diverse array of artists such as Peter Gabriel, Junior Vasquez, Everything But The Girl, Deep Forest, Mary J. Blige and Sinéad O'Connor.

Video games[edit]

Title Publisher
Killer Instinct: Season 3 Microsoft Studios
Halo: Spartan Strike Microsoft Studios
Halo 2: Anniversary Microsoft Studios
Halo: Spartan Assault Microsoft Studios
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Microsoft Studios
R.U.S.E. Ubisoft
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 Ubisoft
The Agency: Covert Ops Sony Online Entertainment
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Ubisoft
Red Steel 2 Ubisoft
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. Ubisoft
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 1 & 2 Ubisoft/Red Storm
Crackdown Microsoft Studios
Red Steel Ubisoft/Nintendo
Full Auto 2: Battlelines SEGA
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Namco
Kim Possible A2M
Cold Fear Ubisoft
Project Gotham Racing 3 Microsoft Studios
Still Life Microïds
Need for Speed: Underground 2 EA
Need for Speed: The Run (Underground Challenge Series Pre-order trailer) EA
MLB 2006 Sony Computer Entertainment
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 Ubisoft
Sprung Ubisoft
Get On Da Mic Eidos/A2M
Rallisport Challenge 2 Microsoft Studios
Street Racing Syndicate Namco
Movie Studio Party Ubisoft

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


  1. ^ "Wii: Best Original Score". IGN. 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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