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Melissa Kaplan

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Splashdown, formed in Allston, Massachusetts, in 1996, was an American pop rock band. Splashdown consisted of singer/pianist Melissa Kaplan, electronic programmer Kasson Crooker, and guitarist/bassist Adam Buhler. The group disbanded in 2001.

After Splashdown’s break-up, Kaplan formed another band, Universal Hall Pass, which in 2004 released its first album, Mercury, and a six-song EP, entitled Subtle Things, in the last week of 2006. Kaplan is technically the only member of UHP, and it is unclear what Melissa will do for live shows, as UHP has yet to tour; the first live Universal Hall Pass performance, on March 13, 2006, consisted solely of Kaplan and a piano. She has also sung on many film soundtracks, including K-PAX, Pretty Persuasion, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Skeleton Key, and Red Planet, among others (see IMDb for a complete listing). Many of the movies in which her voice is heard were scored by Graeme Revell. A selection of Universal Hall Pass and Splashdown songs can be found on UHP’s official website.

Crooker and Kaplan recently worked together on Universal Hall Pass’s upcoming EP. Crooker is also the Audio Director at Harmonix, makers of such hit music-heavy video games as FreQuency, Amplitude, and the Guitar Hero series. As most Harmonix-developed games are published by Konami, Crooker has also worked on some North American entries in that company’s Dance Dance Revolution series.

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