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Ice-Cold Reverb: Scoring Films with Trey Toy & Matthew Wang

This week, we caught up with composersTrey Toy andMatthew Wang. They 

composed the music for the film Centigrade. We discussed using Eventide reverbs to provide the ambience for tense, close settings.

Matt and Trey, you two collaborated on the soundtrack for the new film, Centigrade. What kind of sounds were you going for?

Trey Toy:One of the primary differences between producing an album and composing music for a film is that filmmaking is an inherently collaborative process, and, as such, the sound world of the score should be indelibly linked to the story that the director is trying to tell. Centigrade is about a married couple who find themselves trapped in their frozen vehicle after a blizzard and struggle to survive amid plunging temperatures and unforeseen obstacles.

We intended the music to heighten the frigidity and claustrophobia of the environment, all the while serving as a constant reminder of the characters’ fragile psychological states. Rather than spring for the orchestra, which is a tried and true palette in the film music, we opted instead for close-miked solo instruments and icy synth textures.