Movie trailers have become extremely popular on DVDs and Blu-ray, and especially on the Internet. Of the ten billion videos watched online annually, film trailers rank third. There are internet sites dedicated to them, books and magazines have been written about them, university students are studying them.
Music for these trailers is not usually music from the finished film – this often hasn’t been completed when the trailer is put out – and sometimes, on larger-budget films, a score is created especially for the trailer, thus producing another niche market of trailer music CDs.
Jon Adamich is a cinematic composer for multiple production houses, including Shockwave-Sound, Sonic Librarian and Sound Adventures. He writes music for videogames too, and his large orchestral sweeps has made his style especially popular for fantasy games. Now wishing to branch out, and leave the constrictions of writing pieces that last only a few minutes, he has completed the preview to his first solo album, Olympus.
My lifelong dream is to create an orchestral album that brings to life the imagery and emotion of the Greek Gods of Mythology. You’ll feel the wrath of Poseidon, the ruthless warrior of the seas contrasted to Hestia the always veiled, shy goddess.
The clip features the opening track of the album, entitled The Passage to Olympus, that begins the journey up Mount Olympus to encounter Zeus.
However cash is needed to fund the project, for although the orchestral parts can by synthesised (at least for the work’s initial outing) it needs to be overlaid with solo instrumentalists and vocalists, then there’s commercial mastering, and the typical expenses associated with the production of an album: CD printing, design of the liner notes and so on.
This is where Kickstarter comes in to play. For those who have been living under a rock, Kickstarter is the “leader in Creative Arts Crowd Funding”, that is anyone can chose to back a project, big or small, and with large or small amounts.
Spike Lee’s Kickstarter campaign to fund his latest film reached the film-maker’s $1.25m target last Saturday. More than 5,000 backers have pledged to donate a total of $1,325,481 so far. Another film-maker, Stephen Heleker, who raised $21,000 for his short film Smoke, has called the system, “The most democratic way art has ever been made.”
Different than most Kickstarter projects, I will be joined on the journey with supporters being provided private links to follow my daily progress on the album that will include tributes to 12 Greek Gods.
Please listen to my music at the top and if you feel it captures the energy of a quest to visit the Gods, your pledge will be used to help fund the completion of the album.
If you want to know more, Jon Adamich’s project, Olympus: An Orchestral Album go and find it on Kickstarter.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.