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Joseph Trapanese

Joseph Trapanese is a composer, arranger, and producer. He works in the production of music for films, television, theater and concerts. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Film and television musicEdit

Trapanese collaborated with Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter and |Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) on the soundtracks for the Walt Disney Pictures film TRON: Legacy Legacy for two years (from pre-production to completion). His arrangements for the soundtrack have been described as "resolutely grand" and "stirring... ominous, hypnotic". The BBC described the work as "a sophisticated integration of acoustic and electronic instrumentation... majestic… rich, solemn tones… saturnine orchestration and a muscular rhythm”.

Original composition projects include Sony Pictures Classics's The Raid (co-composed with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park), Sony Pictures Television's original web series The Bannen Way, the independent feature Mamitas (featured at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival), and numerous scores for live action and animated films from UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. Trapanese contributed musical arrangements to Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, What Happens in Vegas and Traitor. Alongside composer Daniel Licht, Joseph produced and orchestrated the scores for seasons 3 and 4 of Showtime's original series Dexter, and provided orchestrations for seasons 5 and 6.

Joseph scored the Disney XD animated series TRON: Uprising.

Music collaboration with artistsEdit

Following his collaboration with Daft Punk on Tron: Legacy, Joseph continues to work with artists in film scoring as well as album production. For The Bourne Legacy, Trapanese arranged the new orchestral version of Moby's "Extreme Ways".

On October 18, 2011, M83's double-disc album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming released with five tracks arranged by Trapanese.

Joseph's work can be heard on "Intro", "Wait", "Soon, My Friend", "My Tears Are Becoming a Sea", and "Outro". Trapanese co-wrote and co-produced the song "Do or Die" with 3Oh!3 from their forthcoming album.

Music for live theaterEdit

The music Trapanese has produced for theater is performed primarily in New York City, most notably in productions by The Actors Company Theatre. Recent productions that he has provided music for include T.S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party, Arthur Miller's Incident at Vichy, Vaclav Havel's The Memorandum, and Edward Bond's The Sea. His music for the production of Milan Stitt's The Runner Stumbles was described by the New York Times as "Precise and evocative... wistful, ringing melodies”.

Awards and honorsEdit

In 2009, Joseph won ASCAP's Harold Arlen Film and Television Award, and won the first annual Jerry Goldsmith Award from UCLA in 2007. His concert music has been performed by Eighth Blackbird, The United States Air Force Band, and conducted by Alexander Mickelthwate and Vince Mendoza.


Trapanese completed his bachelor's degree in Composition at the Manhattan School of Music, and later an M.A. in Music for Visual Media at UCLA, with support from the Henry Mancini fund. His tutors include Giampaolo Bracali, Bruce Broughton, Paul Chihara, Roger Bourland, Jack Smalley, and Martin Bresnick, and he also engaged in brief studies with Louis Andriessen, Aaron Jay Kernis, Julia Wolfe, Mark Snow, and Ira Newborn. From 2008-2011, Joseph taught the Electronic Music and Composition curriculum at UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music.

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