Trailer Music is a specific genre with its own ‘language, rules and structures’. You have orchestral, hybrid and a mix of them called ‘hybrid orchestral trailer music’. In this video I’ll kick off with three tips and I give you the chance to ask me questions – give me topics – that you want me to address in the upcoming videos.
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Become a successful composer of Hybrid Orchestral Trailer Music
Writing trailer music tracks is enormous fun. And it can be very lucrative if you get placements in big productions! The competition is tough though. So you have to understand a couple of things before you even start thinking about any success in this business.
Writing trailer music is something different than writing soundtracks
The first thing you need to understand is that trailer music is different than soundtracks. The purpose of trailer music is getting your audience excited, thrilled, on their edge of their seats. To make sure they’re willing to watch the film, video or documentary the trailer has been created for. So we need powerful parts with climaxes in the composition.
Keep it simple stupid!
Secondly, trailer music is in its core simple. You don’t need to write complex and elaborate melodies. You have to write simple melodies to which people can connect easily. So keep it simple stupid!
It’s all about production qualilty
The competition is fierce. You need to use the best sounds, samples and libraries. And you need to have a good understanding of mixing to create awesome mockups. Your production quality needs to be top-notch!
If you want to boost your skills in mixing orchestral (trailer) music, I can highly recommend the courses and walkthroughs from Joël Dollié.