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

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  1. gsilbers

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    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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    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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    These time signatures are like prisons. Move freely, because everything is allowed.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.")
     
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    I did this re-score as an education assignment...only my second trailer attempt and first at horror...anyway it is in 6/8
     
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    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):

    5/8:


    7/8:
     
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    This is a great point. There's a reason why the general public doesn't listen to prog music.
     
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    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

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    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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