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Interview…Composer Joe Trapanese Talks Orchestration and Composition of Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, The Raid and Lady and the Tramp

This year, Tron: Legacy celebrates turns 10, and a huge part of that film was the amazing music from Daft Punk – it was the duo’s first film score and quite an endeavor for all involved. The combination of electronic and orchestral music seemed like a long shot, but if anyone could stick the landing, it was probably them. Truth be told, they had help from a young Joseph Trapanese and Bruce Broughton as well as two years to collaborate and work their magic. As far as we’re concerned, the world is a lot better with that music in it.

So in this installment of our podcast series – one in which we again join our good friend Bryan Kluger of BoomStickComics – we speak with fun-loving composer Joseph Trapanese (rhymes with Scorsese) who in those same ten years has made quite a name for himself.

If you love the powerfully tense and gritty percussion in The Raid: Redemption, the lager-than-life score to Oblivion, the ’90s era beats to Straight Outta Compton and Jean-Claude Van Johnson, or the American classical/traditional New Orleans sound in the live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, then you know Joe’s work.

Hailing from Jersey City, and then making a quick stop to NYC to study music, Joe seemed ready for Hollywood and the big time from a young age. His ability to understand the orchestra and write music, coupled with his love of electronic music/instruments has taken Joe far. And when the call came to help on the Tron sequel, he was in the right place at the right time.

He’s learned from and been mentored by legendary composers, worked with the best in the business, and continues to knock out top drawer scores. Now let’s dive in and get to know this transplanted East coast gent turned composer and marvel at the stories behind the sensational fan-favorite scores to which he’s been attached.

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