- My name is Lorenzo Scagnolari and I work as Creative Manager inside 93 Steps, the Audio Production Studio that made War Thunder's Heroes trailer's soundtrack. Apart from the Creative Management department, I'm a musician and composer as well inside 93 Steps' team, and I've had the honor to compose and orchestrate this song.
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- Heroes trailer - game trailer from Gaijin Entertainment game War Thunder, published on 30 August 2013.
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Pilots! War Thunder would like to present you the story of the CG-trailer music creation. Exclusive interview with Lorenzo Scagnolari - composer and creative director of the recording studio and authour of the lyrics and production manager - Francesco Libralone
Please tell us a few words about yourself.
What inspired you for the song lyrics?
F: The first thing I've done to find out what the meaning of the lyrics should have been, was listening at many different compositions written back to the 50's and 60's, the period of time when the mood of the song takes place. Analizing them I've discovered how the sentences used, back in those years, were mostly about an everyday life and all the difficulties you have to fight with to keep your ideals solid and strong for the future.
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How hard (or easy) was it to write music and lyrics?
L: Well, the composition of this song wasn't an easy task at all! Gaijin Entertainment and RealtimeUK (the GC Studio) gave me the chance to get inspiration from different oldschool Master Composers from the 50's and 60's to write down this piece of music. During the one week-lasting composition process (the overall time available has been one of the hard things!) I absorbed everything I could from that particular musical era, for example how the lead voices were thought and which intervals were mostly used or how woodwinds were thought over the string sessions with Q&A between them that nowadays are no more “fashionable”. I've also got fascinated and inspired by the tonalities and musical keys choices made back in those days. This peculiar point helped me out to discover the right harmony and the chord progression capable to give that sense of melancholy and responsibility, feelings both needed by the stunning slow-motion visuals of the trailer.
F: It’s been really long and difficult to find out the right words, because I was trying to create a portrait and a conception with their sound, their meaning. It’s been tough to create the right equilibrium between the sense of the video and the lyrics also because, while the lyrics talk about the hope of finding peace and serenity, the video shows images of war and death, in a sharp contrast.
Who is the singer?
L: The girl who sang this song is Alice Cimolin, a very, very talented young singer. We already had the pleasure to work with Alice in other projects, and I can personally say that she has the gift to perform with her voice the right emotions at the right time. And just to let you know, she's only 18 years old!
Please tell us the technical aspects of orchestra and voice recording. How long did it take and what challenges you faced?
After the one week composition, orchestration and arrangement process, the studio had another week to record the musicians, edit the song, do the mixing and finally the mastering of the song. Luckily, Italy is a country full of Conservatories and with a solid Classical music background. This gave us the opportunity to work with many different skilled musicians, among whom we choose thirtheen strings (4 First Violins, 4 Second Violins, 2 Violas, 2 Cellos and 1 Double Bass) and four woodwinds (1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, 1 Oboe and 1 Basoon). This is the half-orchestra ensemble that you can hear in the song, and I take the occasion to say thanks to all of them for their amazing performance and for the endless patience during the recording sessions (as everything was recorded in August, it was really hot in the Studio!)
Also mixing and mastering the song (that is the very last stage, right before the final delivery) wasn't an easy job. Balancing correctly the voice volume over the orchestra is one thing, but making the orchestra sound “vintage” and “old” has been the hardest part! But I'm really satisfied of the final result: thanks to a meticulous reverberation and qualization, we achieved exactly what I had in mind for the general orchestral sound-mood.
How do you like the results of the work? Are you satisfied?
Have you heard about War Thunder and what do you think about it?
Feel the breeze
Look at the sky
Sun's heating my cold skin
Take a breath, look around
See the world
But this wind makes me hear
Far away moan
Heroes voices chocked by war,
By the war
And I feel, one day for real
We'll all erase the past mistakes
War Thunder Heros
The sun will wash away the dirty black rain
The whole world shows us its majesty
The noise of fear will hide in the depth
And lights from today show us the way
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