I just discovered something that made me very happy. It’s called “trailer music.”
Basically, it’s the kind of music they use in movie trailers, because at the time that the first movie trailers come out, the score usually hasn’t been written yet, but naturally they need some kind of epic music saying, “This is going to be the best film ever!” playing in the background. So it turns out, there are these people that write music specifically for use in movie trailers. One of these groups is called “Future World Music.” They have lots of songs available to stream on their site, and one album of some of the best for sale on Amazon and iTunes. I bought their whole album (because 27 tracks for only 8 dollars is a good deal) and found to my delight that, on average, these songs are way better than movie soundtracks.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love movie soundtracks. I own the ones from the first two Narnia films, the last two Lord of the Rings films, and a collection of songs from the first Lord of the Rings soundtrack. But the trouble with soundtracks for epic adventure is that they’re made for movies where characters are talking over the music half the time, so some of the songs on them have parts that are really pretty boring. Trailer music, on the other hand, is made for a 2 minute or so long clip, that’s full of bright pictures, dramatic captions, the five most inspiring lines in the whole film, and the names of famous people. The music behind that needs to be catchy all the way through, so that when you’re finished listening there’s absolutely no question in your mind that YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE NOW!
So when you’re feeling down about the adventure story your writing, listen to Future World Music, and you won’t be anymore. Let it bring to mind a commercial for the movie version of your story that you know they’re going to make one day, and then go write.
Here is a YouTube of my favorite track, The Swashbuckler and the Fair Maiden.
Why I do I like this one best? It’s the happiest sounding track on the album. The others are great too, but they’re all either kind of sad, or scary. If your listening to this as writing background music, the other songs on the album say, “Your characters are in trouble… your characters are in trouble… will they win?… the whole world hangs in the balance ” but this one say’s, “Your story world is a really great place to live!” Dream Works used it to advertise How to Train Your Dragon, apparently, and I can see why. Listening feels like you’re flying the whole time.
The only thing about this track that I think is kind of weird is the end. You see, you can’t have a epic piece of music without a choir in the background singing epic gibberish or something like epic gibberish, and at the end of this one the choir acts like they’re starting to sing Alleluia but changes the last syllable from “ah” to “gees,” so the last two syllables together sound kind of like…. Well, I guess dragons have those too.
And here is my other favorite track, which I like partly because it comes right after Swashbuckler:
Anyway, the moral of the story is that trailer music is awesome.
- Music to Read and Write To (fantasycollective.wordpress.com)