Trailer or Epic Music in other time sig other than 4/4?

Discussion in 'Composition, Orchestration & Technique' started by gsilbers, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. gsilbers

    gsilbers Part of

    For Trailer composers, do you guys work in 3/4 or 6/8 for those trailer (epic/big blockbuster type) music?

    Ive heard a few trailers in other time signatures but not that many so im wondering how many do it or the genre is mostly 4/4.?
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  2. JohnG

    JohnG Senior Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    I've used 7/8 and 5/8 sometimes. 12/8 for adventure too. One of my most popular ones changes meter constantly.
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  3. germancomponist

    germancomponist Senior Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    These time signatures are like prisons. Move freely, because everything is allowed.
  4. OP

    gsilbers Part of

    well, the context is with trailer music tracks. im guessing changing time signature in the middle might confuse editors? not sure though, could be cool.
  5. Wally Garten

    Wally Garten Senior Member

    Apr 23, 2018
    I'm not a trailer composer, but as a movie fan I think I'd be delighted if somebody did an "epic waltz" composition for an action trailer. :)

    (Also acceptable: introducing new dinosaurs in the next Jurassic World sequel trailer slowly, in elegant black and white, and to the tune of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five.")
  6. stixman

    stixman Brother from another reality.....

    Apr 27, 2014
    I did this re-score as an education assignment...only my second trailer attempt and first at horror...anyway it is in 6/8
  7. Maxime Luft

    Maxime Luft Senior Member

    Feb 28, 2016
    Here a few tracks which are in my opinion rather epic but don't fit into the genre of trailer music (with lots of sound design, risers, hits and stuff):


    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018 at 11:26 AM
  8. Mike Fox

    Mike Fox Senior Member

    Jul 8, 2016
    This is a great point. There's a reason why the general public doesn't listen to prog music.
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  9. OP

    gsilbers Part of

    those are nice.
    ive hear some poeple say the 7/8 is good for the epic styles of music.

    although those tracks are very cool, i doubt editors would use them? maybe some parts. or at least the stuff getting placement recently is getting more.... "structured" :)
  10. dgburns

    dgburns it was done an hour ago, but I can't help myself

    Nov 4, 2012
    Couldn’t agree more. 7/8 is especially good for creating an unfolding yet unresolved vibe. I’ll throw 6/8 in there for adventure too.

    11/8 is another one, maybe more for an epic fight scene (count it like 123-123-123-12)
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  11. still_lives

    still_lives Senior Member

    Jul 31, 2018
    Not trailer music, but I think the Uruk Hai Theme from LOTR is a great example of 5/4 being used to great effect in an "epic" fashion. It makes it sound more jarring and monstrous. Shore did some cool stuff with that melody, where it kind of dances around the beat throughout, to add excitement and uncertainty (as you're not really sure what beat it's going to land on at times).

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