About Trade Offs


1. Opening Titles

2. Manu and Sapna

3. Home

4. Of Greed and Promise

5. Are You Ready?

6. Ganesh

7. Sapna Dances

8. Neha Struggles To Write

9. A Chance Encounter

10. To Win The World

11. A Forbidden Friendship

12. Girl Talk

13. Sapna’s Dream

14. The Kiss Still On Her Lips

15. Looking For Answers / Library

16. The Real World

17. A Story Worth Telling

18. Losing It All

19. Once and Only Once

20. Sapna Cries Alone

21. The Note

22. The Train Station

23. Manu Falls, Sapna Runs

24. A New Life

25. This Dream (featuring Nidhi Bhatmuley)

Since the release of his last CD, Sleeping On The Edge Of The World in 1999, David Helpling has been successfully creating music for countless commercial, video game, multimedia, television and film projects. In 2003, David spent several months scoring the full-length feature film, “Trade Offs,” for Writer and Director Vikram Yashpal. And while assuring us that he is hard at work on his next official release, David has agreed to make this soundtrack available as an exclusive limited offering – direct from the artist – to help appease those fans who eagerly await his upcoming album. Each high quality CDR in this limited run comes to us directly from David’s studio, packaged in a jewel case with high quality artwork. Lush ambience infused with rhythmic elements, ethnic flutes by Greg Klamt, violin textures by Todd Kennemer, and deliciously haunting vocals by Nidhi Bhatmuley.

“Trade Offs was an incredibly beautiful and complex story to tell, and Vikram’s genuine passion and enthusiasm made me want to be a part of it. I agreed to score the film before a single frame was even shot, and a year later I had gained a true friend. We never discussed what the film should sound like or where music should go. We simply became enraveled in the story and the score to just seemed stream out of me. I listen to it now as a third party – knowing that it is a unique sound drawn from my time with these amazing people, and the slow infusion of Indian culture into my own life.” – David Helpling