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The Soundtrack for MA by Gregory Tripi drops May 24, 2019

Don’t Make Me Drink Alone!
Don’t Make Me Drink…Aloooone!

Octavia Spencer as the troubled Sue Ann in MA

The soundtrack for the upcoming Universal horror feature MA releases May 24, 2019, one week ahead of the feature film hitting theaters nationwide. Composer Gregory Tripi (Drive, Contagion, Rememory, Dark Places, and Hotel Artemis) provides the intense music for the soundtrack from Back Lot Music. The talented director behind The Help and The Girl on the Train, Tate Taylor, directs Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in this chilling thriller. The cast also includes Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Missy Pyle, Juliette Lewis, and McKaley Miller.

Press Release

(Los Angeles, May 21, 2019) – Back Lot Music is excited to announce the upcoming release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Ma, the new thriller from Universal Pictures, directed by Tate Taylor (The Girl on the Train, The Help) with music by award-winning composer Gregory Tripi (The Fix, Rememory). The album will be released digitally on May 24, 2019, and will feature the entire pulse-pounding original score from the feature film. A vinyl version of the album will be released on Mondo later this summer.

Gregory Tripi wanted the score for Ma to evolve and change with the main character, Sue Ann (Oscar winner Octavia Spencer), as her character becomes increasingly unhinged and dangerous. The score is primarily electronic throughout, except for one key scene in which Tripi used a bassoon. “I played bassoon when I was growing up and had a strange urge out of nowhere to buy one last year,” he says. “So, I went on Craigslist and found one. It’d been about 20 years since I’ve picked it up, but muscle memory came back fast, so I recorded a bunch of long, textured notes with it. They’re featured in the score quite a bit.”

For Ma’s main theme, Tripi employed two versions to represent Sue Ann’s past and her present. “We have the younger version of Sue Ann during flashbacks in school,” he says. “This was a more innocent time. To express that, I used a big metal drum called a Halo that plays melodies, which I had a number of thematic notes on. I did them again with piano. Later, I created Ma’s metamorphosis into a very troubled woman. That theme was always going to be a much more kinky, disturbing, well-paced melody.”

Tripi created a pallet of unexpected sounds for Ma. “There were a lot of glassy instruments in the score, as well as a number of analog synthesizers, a metal Halo drum and a few things that contrasted: a live cello, a voice in a few cues, then basically tearing it all apart at the end,” he says. “I also used pitched wine glasses, ones that when you rub them make long glassy tones. It’s a good organic vibe to have without feeling too recognizable. I also bought a ukulele in Hawaii that’s made from a used Japanese Bento box. You’d never recognize it as such because it sounds so big and textured.”

Ma opens in theaters nationwide May 31st, 2019.

TRACK LISTING

  1. I Was Just a Kid
  2. You Can Beat It Ma
  3. Pretty Cool, Huh?
  4. Nobody’s Here but You and Me
  5. Mercedes Stakeout
  6. Modern Babes in a Modern World
  7. It’s Five O’clock Somewhere
  8. You Don’t Look So Well
  9. Not Saying Shit
  10. Hey Ma, Loser
  11. Pow
  12. Cool It with the Pics
  13. Go Feed the Animals
  14. You’re Making Your Business My Business
  15. This Is Your One Warning
  16. All in Boxes
  17. Sue Ann Flashback
  18. Maybe I Should Cut It Of
  19. You’re Missing Out
  20. That Much Diazepem
  21. Those Big Doe Eyes
  22. This Ought to Shut You Up
  23. We Have History
  24. Who’s in the House?
  25. Set the Picture
  26. I Am Not My Mother
  27. Up in Flames
Octavia Spencer as Ma

ABOUT MA:

Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a teenager new to town (Diana Silvers, Glass), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting if younger, friends of her own.

She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.” But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.

ABOUT GREG TRIPI:

Greg Tripi is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and synthesist based out of Los Angeles, California. He is the composer for the ABC television series The Fix, Manhunt: Unabomber (Discovery/ Netflix), and co-composer for The Knick (Cinemax). His music has been featured in motion pictures including Drive, Contagion, Rememory, Dark Places, and Hotel Artemis, as well as Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning independent films, video games, and commercials. Greg’s music ranges from subtle electronic textures to bold orchestral rhythms. The Pantheon Steel Halo is a featured instrument on many of his scores, along with his guitar and synthesizer performances. Greg is represented by Soundtrack Music Associates and KCA Music.

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Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.
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