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    Hi guys,

    I'm writing a trailer for a zombie film as a media project and I need some music to go with it. I've thought about MOzart Dies Irae and of course Orff O Fortuna. Any other suggestions?

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    Schonberg, Berg, Hanz Werne Henze - They are all possibilities for horror music!

    However, by what you've suggested, you want a large choral work that would do well in an action scene. Have you considered Verdi's Requiem - and not just the Dies Irae, I'm talking Tuba Mirum as well!
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    Contrary to all bounds of good taste, I continue to enjoy the entirety of Orff's Carmina Burana. Therefore, it is with the deepest of regret that I have to pronouce "O Fortuna" officially hackneyed from overuse.

    An equally famous work, but not quite so ubiquitous (at this time) would be Siegfried's Funeral Music from Gotterdammerung. (Especially the opening parts.) Sample it... and see what you think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Salek View Post
    Hi guys,

    I'm writing a trailer for a zombie film as a media project and I need some music to go with it. I've thought about MOzart Dies Irae and of course Orff O Fortuna. Any other suggestions?

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    There are lots of music you can use there, everything depends on how long the trailer is.

    The last minutes of the first movement from Shostakovich's fifth symphony can create a somber ambient.

    On the contrary, you can use bright music to make constrast. For example, Pachelbel's Cannon to the image of brain eater zombies.

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    Try looking into a piece by the name of Cloudburst, by Ferde Groffe (from the middle of the song, like much classical music, there's some contrast). Night on Bald Mountain (kind of cliche for this kind of use, though), The Rite of Spring, Mars and Uranus from The Planets Suite, Nostalgic Thoughts by Leif Segerstam, The Isle of the Dead. All I can think of at the moment.

    In addition to those, check out some of Danny Elfman's music. He's a film music composer and composed the music to all of the Tim Burton movies, and many others.

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    Yea i second The Rite of Spring. It should be tense enough for you, it only started riots on its opening night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notserp89m View Post
    Yea i second The Rite of Spring. It should be tense enough for you, it only started riots on its opening night.
    Yep, in Paris, no doubt.

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