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The Mars Underground

by James Michael Dooley

Lush orchestra and intimate ambiances decorate this original motion picture soundtrack for the documentary about our relationship with the planet Mars; past, present, and future.
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Arrival On Mars
6:29 $0.99
2. Prospects and Plans
2:56 $0.99
3. Dr. Zubrin
3:36 $0.99
4. History Has Taught Us
4:00 $0.99
5. The 90 Day Plan
5:09 $0.99
6. Zubrin's Plan
3:37 $0.99
7. The Journey
6:49 $0.99
8. Mars Direct
0:50 $0.99
9. Spreading the Word
1:08 $0.99
10. First Experiments
1:07 $0.99
11. Corrections
2:01 $0.99
12. A New Direction
3:52 $0.99
13. The Case for Mars
0:34 $0.99
14. The Mars Underground
1:24 $0.99
15. The Mars Society
1:04 $0.99
16. Desert Research
0:28 $0.99
17. Confrontations
5:52 $0.99
18. Experiencing Mars
3:29 $0.99
19. Planetary Civilization
3:43 $0.99
20. On The Surface
2:36 $0.99
21. Our Future with Mars
6:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
After graduating with a degree in Music Composition from New York University, James Dooley moved to Los Angeles to study film composition with such prolific composers as Christopher Young, Elmer Bernstein and Leonard Rosenman.
In 1999, he joined Media Ventures and collaborated with award-winning composer Hans Zimmer as his Chief Technical Engineer on Gladiator, and as an additional composer, arranger and orchestrator on such features as The Time Machine, Pirates of the Caribbean, and King Arthur, as well as Ridley Scott's Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, and Matchstick Men.

His collaborations with Hans Zimmer have continued through such projects as the DreamWorks animation feature Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, the haunting score for Gore Verbinski's The Ring, Jerry Bruckheimer's adrenaline-packed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Antoine Fuqua's emotional Tears of the Sun, and Jonathan Frakes' adaptation of the beloved 60's television series, Thunderbirds.
Dooley has also composed scores for several short films, including the Sundance Film Festival selection, Bit Players, the award-winning short films Untitled: 003 Embryo and Agua Dulce, as well as the cutting-edge short film Things Fall Apart for director Yaniv Raz. Dooley has also scored the widely acclaimed documentary, Rebels of Oakland, for HBO. This project was the highest rated sports documentary for HBO since the year 2000.
James's music can be heard in the theatrical trailers for Elf, Tony Scott's Man on Fire, Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur, Ron Howard's The Da Vinci Code, and even Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Additional advertisement projects include an emotional spot for the United States Marines, Time-Warner RoadRunner, overseas spots for Porsche, as well a special promotional spot for Mercedes-Benz's ultra-luxury sedan, the Maybach.

In the video game arena, James scored the 2004 sequel to the smash hit from Namco, Dead to Rights 2, as well as the Sony Playstation flagship game, SOCOM III: U.S. Navy SEALs, using a live orchestra recorded in London.
Last year, James scored the documentary The Mars Underground, which focuses on a grassroots push to put a human on the red planet. He also teamed up once again with Hans Zimmer to write music for the smash hit Dreamworks Animation film, Madagascar. This resulted in James scoring the animated short film The Madagascar Penguins in A Christmas Caper, which appeared in front of the hit Dreamworks / Aardman Animation feature film, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit - for which James also contributed additional music.

James has just finished work on Impy's Island, a German computer animated film whose orchestral score was recorded in Bratislava, as well as the thrilling Screen Gems remake of When A Stranger Calls, which was recorded in Seattle with the Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra.
Recently James worked with Hans Zimmer on The Da Vinci Code, for award-winning director Ron Howard. Currently he is working on SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs: Combined Assault, the latest computer game in the SOCOM series.



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Alan Rogers

Dooley provides solid backing for the colonisation of Mars
James Michael Dooley, based on what I'm hearing on this CD, definitely knows what he's doing when it comes to film/TV composing. He captures the majesty and awe of the Red Planet. And he does it very economically; his orchestrations neatly give that emotional input the documentary needs. Wholly electronic in nature, the score adds a hi-tech feel to everything. I just love the Philip Glass-style influences he has given to some of the cues. Having not heard any of his solo efforts, the purchase of this CD was a gamble. If you're at the same point as I was then purchase in confidence. Listen to the clips and place that order.


DEEP SOUND -turn up the sub woofer!!
I agree that the CD fits right in with "HOLST (The Planets)" ... especially MARS. At lower volumes, it is great background for working on the computer. At higher volume, it shakes my wood floor and is "mongo" impressive! I catch tinges of Pirate of the Carrib-Black Pearl and isn't there some Harry Potter soundtrack in there, too? If you like PROFOUND SOUND.. You'll like this.

Matt E.

After countless replays, it's just as exciting and haunting as the first listen.
I have not seen this documentary, but I will as soon as it's available, rest assured. But why? Well, it was a leap of faith to buy and listen to Mr. Dooley's art. I'm quite confident that each track has been surgically crafted. After countless listens, I can hear echoes from his collaborative efforts through Media Ventures. But beyond the insane replays, I'm learning that his musical entourage is leading me straight into Zubrin's argument, which is if we don't challenge our present course, we'll miss the boat all together. Go ahead and take a leap of faith on this album. I don't care if you're a soundtrack fan, a terra former, or both. It's worth the musical journey you'll play again and again for years. Who knows, maybe one day, when we're watching the first landing of humans on Mars, you'll pull out this old CD and give it a spin.

...for now, I'm looking forward to watching the Mars Underground and discovering what inspired Mr. Dooley to write such an exciting and haunting score.

Bruno Misonne

The Mars Underground CD is nothing less than FANTASTIC
The Mars Underground catches you from the start till the end, and this music is that good that when you would use it as background music while for instance cleaning, thus with a low volume level, the music simply remains at the foreground : Even with low volume, you listen ! I'm a composer, and from the technical side we have perfection here but you don't need to be a composer to find it out all by yourself ! Great Job, Mister James Dooley, you are a musical genius ! yoyoman


Just what I was looking for!
Music for my imagination! Wonderfully executed. A great find.

Scott Sharrard

LA's finest gives Holst a run for his money
Full disclosure, I have had the pleasure of having Jim Dooley's haunting and beautiful arrangements on my bands record and on my upcoming solo album. Of course his resume speaks for itself but you've got to buy this record and hear his talent without the backdrop of movie dialogue or as the undercurrent to the newest cinematic vista. I know you'll find his soundscapes mind blowing on their own. And if you are a fan of the interplanetary, orchestral fantasies of Holsts "The Planets" (as I am) you will love Jim's trip to mars. The journey is yours for the taking....

Luigi Pedalino

The Emotional Journey
James Dooley's score captures both the mundane and majestic feelings of the Martian journey and exploration. Although I have yet to see the documentary, the emotional journey that Mr. Dooley takes you through is in the grand style of the great sci-fi scores of the past. It is definitely a must have for fans of orchestral arrangements, and I hope it is but the first in a long line of original work available on CD from this brilliant, up and coming composer James Michael Dooley.

James B. Lee

Epic Electronic Excellence
Quite well realized electronic "faux orchestra" music, coming in somewhere between Philip Glass' symphonic pieces and Christoph Franke's "Babylon 5" soundtracks. Dooley's style is very melodic and suitably majestic; it works perfectly well divorced from the movie it was meant to accompany, which is more than many soundtracks can do.

MjNielsen from Horizons c/o Paragon Records in Madison Tenn."ANG

Very imadinative and the music is undescribablly colorful.
The music I heard absolutely fits PERFECTALLY,!! in any of the moves is it was placed in. The musical arrangements and dynamic changes give the imagination and the minds eye unlimited possibilities of wonderous places to go and see. Wheather it would be crossing the open planes of the old West or just coming into view of the outer reaches of space and all the planets. One of the songs would have fit perfectly in the sceen where Richard Dryfuss and Malinda Dillon pear over the hill and see the landing strip where the alliens will land in Close Encounters. Only thing left to say when seeing that is Oh!!! MY!!! GOD.!!!! But said real slow in the way when you can't believe what has just appeared before your eyes. I wanted to give it a 12 but there was only a 5 in the scroll down.

Gernot Groemer

Great soundtrack - can't wait to see the movie
This is a wonderful masterpiece - I can't wait to get hold of the Movie itself. It greatly reflects the space business mood of exploration, although -especially during the slower passages- it strongly reminded me of the soundtrack to the computer game "the pitch" (which -of course- is also dealing with space exploration), back in the nineties.
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