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04-25-2012, 06:47 PM

recently did this trailer, entitled "fairy tale", for the feature Ashes, a character drama in the vein of Requiem for a Dream and Blue Valentine.

the trailer, submitted to the International Movie Trailer Festival.

ashes - trailer (http://www.internationalmovietrailerfestival.com/all-trailers/ashes/)

the score alone is here in case you don't want to watch the trailer:

ashes - score (http://soundcloud.com/tedreedy/ashes)

please vote if you like.
curious to your thoughts, thanks for checking out! thanks to matthias for the master.

Michael M
04-25-2012, 09:50 PM
Excellent work, as always Ted. Thanks for posting!

04-26-2012, 12:16 AM
Remarkable. Memorable. The perfect vibe for this trailer. Mix sounds very open and dynamic.

Very very impressive. Bravo Ted..


04-26-2012, 04:24 AM
Fantastic work! Great feeling! Excellent composition and orchestration!

04-26-2012, 05:51 AM
wow..... just wow.

Thanks for posting Ted

04-26-2012, 08:41 AM
absolutely marvellous, mate!!!

04-26-2012, 01:26 PM

That's right up there.


04-26-2012, 08:53 PM
Awesome stuff Ted. Sounds really good and fits the picture great.

04-27-2012, 09:26 AM
Michael, Illuminata, trumpoz, Strezov, MartinJG, Bryan -- I appreciate it guys, I'm glad you enjoyed. thanks for checking it out.

Todd -- thanks so much, this is truly meaningful.... they originally cut this trailer with Jonsi's "Grow Till Tall", which I thought worked beautifully... so I just wanted to give a fresh take, while helping tell the story.

04-27-2012, 10:03 AM
Wow this sound great!
Thanks for sharing.


04-27-2012, 12:42 PM
Great work! Loved it from start till end. It's hard to keep standing between all those uptempo trailers these days, but this soundtrack had just a really nice and slow tempo, but it made the music breath :). I can hear there has gone a lot of time in the mix and the master.
Great job, Ted.
Best regards

04-27-2012, 12:58 PM
Great sound and mix!


04-28-2012, 09:15 AM
Jesse & Ryan -- thanks for listening guys, I really appreciate it.

Hugo -- you're right, this is a slightly different approach for a trailer, it just felt natural given the length & structure.... I'm glad it worked for you. but yes some of the production can be very detailed and take a lot of time... I'm happy you noticed. thanks again.

04-29-2012, 02:22 PM

04-30-2012, 07:46 PM
thanks Dave.

Jeff Hayat
04-30-2012, 08:14 PM
Woohoo!!!!! :dj:

Denny S.
05-01-2012, 02:33 AM
Wow, beautiful music Ted! Really gave that trailer its wings!

05-01-2012, 10:49 AM
Hi Ted, like always a masterpiece, a song that not only is perfect for the film, but is also beautiful and inspiring. You always go the extra mile making sure things ring longer where needed, or add the extra few breaths of air for the strings to fill the moment in the film trailer. You have talent my friend and I hope you win :)

Thanks for posting, hope to hear more soon :)

05-03-2012, 08:35 AM
Gorgeous music, Ted! It really moved me. You most definitely carried that trailer effectively.

05-05-2012, 09:07 AM
very athmospheric. Got goosebumps at 1:08 (I don't get this quite often!). Maybe some feedback: The strings, beginning at about 2:10, sound a bit too pad-like, without any vibrato-curve and always the same attack, other than that very enjoyable Ted, thanks!

05-05-2012, 10:58 AM
Wow! Absolutely, WOW!

05-14-2012, 12:16 PM
Jeff, Denny, Casey, Michael -- thanks for listening guys, glad you enjoyed, I appreciate it!

Ice -- thank you for these especially kind and inspiring words

ComposerGuy -- there's a ton of expression and vibrato on the strings there but I probably needed a few more hours to tweak it perfectly. but thanks man, I'm happy you liked.

05-17-2012, 11:19 AM
Hey Ted. I must have missed this somehow.

It's good. Your sound design is really getting better: there are some very fitting details, and the way extra elements, beats, atonal sounds, get introduced while the rest plays on, changing the atmosphere while providing continuity at the same time, is great. But I loved the clashing bass notes. That worked very well for me. If you ask for criticism, I think I could find a point or two, but the music sounds great and works well with the images.

Good job!

06-08-2012, 10:37 PM
thank you Theo! I'm glad you enjoyed that stuff, it's arduous sometimes but hopefully worth it. I appreciate your time and ears.

06-09-2012, 08:47 AM
Captures the emotion perfectly, great piece of music!

06-09-2012, 06:18 PM
thanks Karisigurd. I appreciate you listening!

06-09-2012, 08:12 PM
Awesome !

Loved every second of your trailer score. Very well done ... BRAVO. great mastering job as well.

Thanks for sharing.


06-10-2012, 10:47 AM
It's a very beautiful piece... Bravo !
Please can you tell me what instruments and librairies are you using in this score ? And what is the atmosphere ?
Thank you

06-10-2012, 12:19 PM
I can't tell if the film is great, but the music made me believe it could be.

06-10-2012, 09:30 PM
The thing that separates good from great music - especially for trailers IMO - is if you listen to the track at 5 different timepoints & it sounds like 5 different songs, but when you listen to it beginning to end, you realize it's somehow a naturally seamless track.

You were bang-on with this - the continuity is perfect and the effort that must have gone into ensuring the atmospheric soundscapes blended together is evident. Loved it!

06-11-2012, 12:02 AM
Hey Ted,

Awesome composition & orchestration (as always!). Because of the music I watched this long trailer until the end. Yep I think it is a little bit long for me but it is good if music is good :) Btw I love the colors of the trailer but I love the sound much! I don't know which libraries you've used for this but the mix of the instrurments is great...

Thanks for sharing my friend!

06-12-2012, 03:21 PM
Muzicsculp -- thanks for listening! I'm glad you liked it.

politik -- hi man, thanks! libaries used: HS, HB, SC, SO for winds & percussion, gypsy violin I think, MOR for the guitar, QL pianos, a hint of SD2... The Dark Side for some synth sounds. not sure what you mean by atmosphere but all the reverb is from QL Spaces... this is 95% an EastWest produced piece :-)

wine888riter -- this is all I could hope to accomplish. thank you.

gjfforlife -- what great feedback. I am glad that the blending is appreciated, you're right, it was a bit of work! :-) thanks for checking it out.

Cenk -- thanks so much. I know it's long... I can't cut it, but only try to make the best of what's cut and given to me :-) but yeah, the cinematography is really strong, I agree. please see above for some info on libraries. thanks again for listening, I truly appreciate it!

07-10-2012, 01:04 AM
Great job Ted. Your skills are improving by the day.

07-12-2012, 08:14 PM
thanks for listening bizzy

07-13-2012, 08:57 AM
now thaat's the kind of music in a trailer, which makes me want want to visit the theater once more! Super,Ted! :eek::headbang:

07-15-2012, 05:34 PM
wow, thanks Dim, that's great! I appreciate you listening.