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Varèse Sarabande has released The Signal
24-Jun-2014 -

Featuring Original Music By Nima Fakhara.
Varèse Sarabande Records has released The Signal – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, available digitally and on CD. The soundtrack features the original score by Nima Fakhara (Gatchaman, Exists), who created and built three instruments for the film.

“We wanted to achieve a certain sense mystery and tension throughout the film,” said Fakhara. “Our characters are being pulled and pushed in many directions so the music had to feel the same. We also wanted keep the audience guessing throughout the film by scoring scenes in unconventional ways.”

Nima Fakhrara is a Los Angeles based film composer, who has worked with directors such as Golden Globe winner Hany Abu-Assad, and the father of found footage, Eduardo Sanchez. His most recent scores are to Gatchaman, a live action take on the anime series Battle of the Planets, Site 146, and Exists.

Born in Iran, Nima’s first experience with music was listening to his uncle play the santour. Influenced by this, he studied santour and became well versed in Persian classical music. After moving to the United States, Nima continued his musical studies and attended California State University Northridge where he obtained his degree in composition studies. However, his interest in music was not limited to composition and performance. He studied ethnomusicology, anthropology, and how to construct instruments, which has led to signature sound in Nima's music. This is apparent in his sampling and use of instruments from many regions of the world in various genres of film. The use of these new sounds alongside orchestral and ambient textures is a defining characteristic in his scores. In 2009, Nima opened Sound and Vision Creatives, where he alongside his most used musicians are housed.

For The Signal, “I built three instruments that became the signature sounds of the project. The Pagoda (tree-like thing), the Transmission (what seems like a transmit ion) and the Steel Marimba (Marimba looking thing). They are used in many different ways, both by using their natural sounds and manipulating the sounds to get cool textures.” To view pictures of these three instruments, visit this site.

The story.
Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area. Suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic (Brenton Thwaites of The Giver and Maleficent), regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare…
The score is available from, Amazon UK, Amazon France and Amazon Germany.

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