Exploding Sun

Music Composed By: James Gelfand

Distributed by: MovieScore Media/Kronos Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the made-for-television Canadian science fiction film Exploding Sun, the sun is placed in a hyperactive phase thanks to the crash landing on its surface of a privately owned spaceship designed to withstand extreme temperatures.  The massive bursts of radiation by the sun have devastating effects on Earth and it is now up to the US military and a NASA astronaut to find a way to stop these bursts before all of Earth is destroyed.

                The musical score of Exploding Sun was created by Canadian composer James Gelfand, who began his musical career at a very early age.  Beginning with classical piano training at the age of four, Gelfand later branched out into jazz in his teens, performing and competing at jazz festivals in North America and Europe.  A talented entertainer and composer, Gelfand has recorded a number of albums combining jazz and classical music, in addition to creating musical scores for a number of television and film ventures, including The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures, Silent Night, Crusoe, Cyberbully, Bounty Hunters, The Killing Game and more.

                The musical score of Exploding Sun begins with heroic exhilaration as horns and orchestral music, accompanied by heavy percussion mark the fanfare of the Roebling Clipper's journey through space (To the Moon, First Flight).  The music becomes darker and more ominous as the emotion in the film changes with the impending doom visited upon all of humanity (We Have a Problem, No Way Out, Angry Sun).  As the album moves forward, the music becomes reflective, expressing the concerns of the main characters and the possible expectation of death (Last Goodbyes, Losing A Friend, Memories), before the music turns hopeful again with a last ditch mission to save the planet (Save the Earth).

                The Exploding Sun Soundtrack is an orchestral rollercoaster ride of ups and downs and the people of Earth struggle to avoid impending disaster.  The musical score is often fast paced and action based.  It is easy to see how this score would make the movie more intense and, yet, the soundtrack would work perfectly as a stand alone album, telling its own heroic story through the art of music.  Well done, Mr. Gelfand!


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