David Helpling

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)

In 2003, David Helpling spent several months scoring the full-length feature film, “Trade Offs,” for Writer and Director Vikram Yashpal. After many requests to make the music available, David agreed to offer the soundtrack as an exclusive limited offering direct from the artist. Each high quality CDR in this limited run comes to us directly from David’s studio, packaged in a jewel case with artwork. The soundtrack features 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