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Aram Mandossian: Trailer Scores – Interview

Aram Mandossian PortraitAram Mandossian recently has contributed to Future World Music’s “Zero Hour” alongside with Armen Hambar and Vlado Hudec. Now with Ear Parade he presents his own album titled as Trailer Scores which has been in the making over 2 years and is containing “11 pieces of hard hitting, explosive action, fantasy, sci-fi, & drama music tailored for both the apocalypse and for motion picture ad campaigns“.

 

 

 

How did you get into the trailer music industry?

It was a deliberate decision. I had been writing music for a bunch of reality shows and indie films, and I began to feel like something was missing in my routine. It was that larger-than-life epic music that the projects I had at the time weren’t demanding. Trailer music was attractive to me because it’s like taking the best 2 minutes of your favorite film score, injecting it with steroids and then setting it on fire. It often gives you the chills and that feeling of falling at the pit of your stomach. I think it’s what composers are always chasing.

I had been hired to write an album for 5 Alarm Music a few years back, and then I wrote a piece of music for NBC’s very first Revolution TV series trailer which aired during the Olympics, and more recently Future World Music took a chance and hired me to compose a few tracks for their latest release and so here I am.

 

What was your inspiration for the album?

It really started with me wanting to write some music for fun because I just love this stuff. I was really affected by E.S. Posthumus’ album, Unearthed, as well as Immediate Music’s work. The production quality on Unearthed was just breathtaking. So I wanted to create a collection of songs that can be listened to on their own as well as be perfect for film trailers. I wanted all the tracks to play well with each other as one listening journey while providing many of the important shades of film trailer moods. For example, I somehow got it into my head that no trailer album was complete without an amazing jungle cue. I thought there’s always going to be a movie where a demon or alien is chasing mercenaries throughout a jungle.

 

Do you have any track from the album with which you are the most proud of?

This album in particular took a really long time to complete, so as I’m trying to think of which pieces do not completely nauseate me right now, Revolutiana comes to mind, however I don’t believe I’ve written a perfect piece of trailer music yet…perhaps we can wait until my next album to answer this one!

 

What was the most challenging part for you during the production of the album?

After I began to write, I quickly realized how much trailer music had evolved since my inspiration pieces were written to the ones getting licensed today. At first I kept trying to do these complicated and lyrical melodies and song forms that had way too many sections to them. They were sounding more like film scores rather than good trailer music so I struggled to condense my ideas into shorter, simpler, and more powerful themes that can support explosions, whooshes and punchy one-liners. It was definitely a good learning process for me as a musician.

 

What are you listening to now?

This week…I’m listening to Capital Cities, Justin Timberlake, Hans Zimmer’s Rush soundtrack which is awesome, and Jesper Kyd’s Assassin’s Creed II score in the car which I highly recommend for enhancing your driving experience.

 

Any particular plans for the future?

I’m enjoying riding this trailer music wave right now. I’m returning to my first love: composing for films as well as catching up with playing a few video games. I’ll be writing more epic music as long as people will let me and as soon as the ringing in my ears calm down a bit.

I wanted to acknowledge and thank Ear Parade for releasing the album and a huge thanks to TrailerMusic.info for all the dedicated work bringing epic music to fans!

 

Thank you!

Important!

For licensing information please contact Ear Parade. Trailer Scores is not available for the general public. SoundCloud, SourceAudio
  • Leighton Williams

    good job TMI!