MAX PAYNE  (2008)
Production Company: Abandon Entertainment, Collision Entertainment, Depth Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Firm Films
Distributors: 20th Century Fox & 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date (USA): 17 October 2008

Director: John Moore
Screenplay: Beau Thorne
Based on the Videogame by Sam Lake

Music Composed by Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders
Additional Music by Dennis Smith
Orchestra Conducted by Pete Anthony
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
Orchestrated by Pete Anthony, Bill Boston, Rossano Galante, Dana Niu, Dennis Smith & Marcus Trumpp
Recorded and Mixed by John Kurlander
Recorded at The Newman Scoring Stage, 20th Century Fox Studios
Assistant Engineers Tim Lauber & Jamie Steele
Music Editor Alex Gibson, Brian Bulman & Denis St. Armand
Orchestra Contracted by Sandy DeCrescent & Peter Rotter
Music Preparation Mark Graham, Victor Pesavento & Matt Franko

Music Produced by Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders

Synopsis: Three years ago, NYPD detective Max Payne's wife and baby were murdered. Max gets himself transferred to the cold case office where he can continue searching for the killer who got away. He's a loner, but two people reach out to him during a fateful week: Alex, his ex-partner who may have found a clue, and BB, the security chief at the pharmaceutical company where Max's wife worked. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up, some as a result of a drug on the street that is highly addictive and, for many who take it, brings hideous hallucinations. When one of the bodies is a woman Payne was the last to see alive, her sister comes looking for him armed to the teeth; Max must move fast.


When John Moore showed us the first cut of Max Payne we were immediately inspired by the gorgeously gritty monochromatic world he had set up. He told us that Max was emotionally dead and that he needed a simple motor that kept him going on his investigative hunt. The only sense of melody should be when he reflects on his murdered wife and son. For Max's motor we turned to analog synthesizers. The most basic of the machine-like synth motors is a non pitched low end pulse which had variations that became more "melodic". We also wanted gravely synth sounds to blend with the orchestra and designed the sounds to have brassy, reedy qualities, that blur with the lines between acoustic and electronic.

L A - L A    L A N D    R E C O R D S   (LLLCD-1080)

01. Max Attacks (3:53)
02. Investigation (3:29)
03. Payneful Piano (2:16)
04. Colvin Quivers (3:33)
05. Dethlab (2:32)
06. Storming the Office (1:53)
07. No Respects for You (2:37)
08. Lupino Spreads his Wings (1:50)
09. Max Returns Home (2:03)
10. Factoring Max (1:47)
11. Window Payne (3:32)
12. Dark Heaven (2:47)
13. Vote for Dennis (2:05)
14. BB's Maxim (2:46)
15. Max Marches On (2:23)
16. Heaven to the Max (1:46)
17. Topless Fanfare (3:10)

Release date: 4 November 2008
Total Time: 44:41
Length of the Score: 79 minutes


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