Choosing music for the book trailer

The one element of making Ignoring Gravity‘s book trailer which I thought would be easy turned out to be the most time-consuming. Music.

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Simple, I thought, something thoughtful, a modern take on classical. This was just before the Oscars and I read an article in the newspaper about the composer who was nominated for the soundtrack to Gravity, Stephen Price who happens to live a few miles from me. So I looked him up on Linked In which immediately informed me that one of my friends knows Stephen. The wonder of online networking! I’ve nothing to lose, I decided, he might win the Oscar and want to help out a local writer.

An e-mail exchange later confirmed my friend doesn’t know Stephen Price after all, but does know Gavin Greenaway, another local conductor/composer who might be able to help. It turned out that Gavin’s non-assigned tracks were too ‘bombastic’ for my needs, but he kindly gave me some sound advice about sourcing music online. He pointed me towards Audio Network where you can license a track from the hundreds available for £95 plus VAT. Another friend recommended Sound Cloud.

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I spent one weekend listening to tracks on both websites and wrote a playlist for my production team. I considered how the rhythm of the piece follows the build-up of story tension in Ignoring Gravity, how it would work with the actress voiceover overlaid, and if the mood of the music matched the novel. I had technical queries and passed those over to Simon Cooper, the film producer for the trailer, such as the possibility of blending a) gentle music to set the tone at the beginning, but which then fades softly to play as background music; b) the voiceover by the actress, telling the story of Ignoring Gravity; and c) a couple of key outdoor sounds I wanted to include [the sound of a door knocker, and the creaking of a child’s swing].

Like all best laid plans, my weekend of music listening came to naught. A simple solution presented itself to us and was perfect: Ich Mowatt, sound director who works with Simon Cooper, is also a composer. After the day’s filming, Ich suggested we listen to a couple of his tracks which he believed, having spent the day talking about Ignoring Gravity, would suit the tone of the book. And he was right. So the music you can hear on the book trailer, and also the author interview, is a composition by Ich Mowatt of Sounding Post.

To watch the book trailer for Ignoring Gravity, click here
To read more about composer Gavin Greenaway, click here
Click here to check out Audio Network
Click here for more about Sound Cloud
To check out other work by Simon Cooper Media Production, click here

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Comments

  1. The trailer process is labor intensive – I hadn’t thought about it until you started writing about the production. So much work going into something like this, but it all goes together well and the presentation is very effective. Thanks for the informative articles.