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Back to Gaya
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Composed by:

Conducted by:
Andy Brown

Additional Music and Arrangements by:
Ilan Eshkeri
Andrew Raiher

Co-Arranged and Co- Orchestrated by:
Blake Neely
Brad Warnaar
Rupert Christie

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Julian Kershaw
Jeff Toyne
Jonathan Sacks
Ian MacPhearson

Performed by:
The London Metropolitan Orchestra

Produced by:
Christopher Brooks
Steve McLaughlin
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MovieScore Media
(January 24th, 2012)
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Limited CD release with a first edition of 1,000 copies. A digital download version is also available. The album initially retailed for $18 and is the eleventh entry in the label's "Discovery Collection."
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Buy it... if you seek a rousing tribute to Michael Kamen's career, a collaborative effort by his longtime associates to complete this animated fantasy score after his death with extensive adaptation of the composer's trademark mannerisms.

Avoid it... if you desire more than what plays in many regards like a compilation of concert recordings meant to honor the composer's memory, because despite the score's impressive saturation with nostalgic Kamen tones, its narrative flow suffers at times.
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WRITTEN 1/30/12
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Back to Gaya (Boo, Zino & the Snurks): (Michael Kamen/Various) The German filmmaking industry entered the CGI animation game in 2003 when upstart production company Ambient Entertainment sought to bring a creature called a "Snurk" to life for the film Back to Gaya. Known internationally as Boo, Zino & the Snurks (or simply The Snurks), the plot of the film postulates that these cute, humanoid "Snurk" characters with fuzzy ears live in an alternate reality that actually exists within a television cartoon created by humans. When their universe is threatened by actions in the real world, they by accident end up leaving the confines of their cartoon and come to terms with their creator and the unfortunate aspects of humanity. Despite the merit of this basic premise, the execution of Back to Gaya was a disaster, the animation a visual feast but criticized for suffering from synchronization problems and other clumsy aspects in the details. The script was also considered substandard, failing to generate any genuine laughs and leaving its purpose in doubt. The movie bounced around the theatres in several European countries in 2004 but was relegated to only a DVD release in America the following year. Even the DVD was lambasted by horrified parents who discovered profanity-laced extras in the bonus contents of the children's product, including a Snurk exclaiming the words "mofo" and "cocksucker." Needless to say, Back to Gaya was something of an embarrassment, but despite its plethora of problems, it is perhaps best known for being one of the final scoring assignments of accomplished composer Michael Kamen. Although it was widely known that Kamen had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997, his death in late 2003 from a heart attack was completely unexpected for friends and associates of the 55-year-old. He had been working on two incomplete film scores at the time, one for Forest Whitaker's romantic comedy First Daughter and then Back to Gaya, both 2004 releases that eventually required the use of the composer's closest professional associates to complete. In the case of the latter film, Kamen had only begun to write rough sketches on piano for a handful of concepts and scenes. After the composer's death, the score's producers, longtime Kamen collaborators Christopher Brooks and Steve McLaughlin, decided to attempt to complete the score by utilizing the services of a large number of Kamen's closest arrangers and orchestrators, essentially using their collective knowledge of the composer's style to finish the work. When requiring additional thematic inspiration, they revisited sketches of unused Kamen themes from prior works to apply to Back to Gaya as well.

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Total Time: 62:06
• 1. Main Title (1:30)
• 2. Snurks (1:27)
• 3. Flying (1:59)
• 4. The Kiss (1:21)
• 5. Fireworks (1:36)
• 6. The Professor (2:32)
• 7. The Race (2:29)
• 8. Baby Chase (2:57)
• 9. The Vortex (3:04)
• 10. Wrecking Ball (0:44)
• 11. The Toy Store (1:41)
• 12. Balloon Crash (2:25)
• 13. Rat Chase (2:42)
• 14. The Sewer (3:00)
• 15. Find a Way In (1:32)
• 16. In Charge (1:42)
• 17. Switched On (1:46)
• 18. So Unusual (1:43)
• 19. Free Will (3:43)
• 20. Night Flight (1:39)
• 21. Big Dumb (5:18)
• 22. Robot Chase (3:05)
• 23. Climb (2:24)
• 24. Catching Dolomite (1:39)
• 25. Manual Targeting (1:21)
• 26. We're Free! (4:01)
• 27. The Mayor Runs (1:38)
• 28. Back to Gaya (Last Cue) (1:22)

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The insert includes a brief synopsis about the film and information about the score, including interviews with those who completed the score. MovieScore Media pledged to share a portion of revenues generated by the album with Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which was founded by Michael Kamen in 1996.
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