I've been composing in my laptop for film, documentaries or comercials since mid 90s in a diverse range of styles. I like to experiment from electronic to orchestral or hybrid and not be stucked in the same musical strand. My work, defined as melodic and emotional has been requested from local media firms such as IRIS-Audio Visuais and RTP-Açores.
I am a musician/composer born in the fabulous Azores. My musical influences encompass New Age, Electronic, film score composers, jazz and classical music.
As a longtime fan of soundtracks, I was fortunate to be contacted by co-director of IRIS-Audio Visuais in order to compose music for documentaries, TV and radio commercials, including the soundtrack for a short TV movie entitled "A DISTANT CHRISTMAS". I was hired recently to compose music for a british indiependent animation project in a gothic environment with the making of several hybrid score pieces.
Despite being a product of my generation, I have no hesitation in introducing a more contemporary language into music of traditional influences, especially applied in documentaries.
I have also been invited to participate in the recordings of several Azorean musicians such as Luis Bettencourt and Aníbal Raposo, among others, in the making of arrangements.
At the moment I've been spending some time in publishing several original albums that mainly covers New Age and Electronic music.
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Interview with Mario Raposo
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually there are two main kinds of work coming to me which are the making of arrangements for some of my clients albums, or scoring for documentaries and film. That makes the genres ranging from orchestral hybrid to traditional and rock or funk in between. For example, one of my most recent requests was the making of arrangements for a children's music album where I was free to apply different ambiences, from orchestral to ethnic-traditional.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: When we speak about film scoring, John Williams, Ennio Morricone and Jerry Goldsmith are usually my faves. On the other way, I'm a fan of some electronic gurus like Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, etc...I'm also a lover of Progressive such as Yes, Camel, Genesis, etc...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is equiped with a Focusrite Scarlett as the audio interface connected to an Intel core i5 and 16 GB of ram running Cakewalk and Reason 9.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: To make melodic music easily, I guess....
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To be able to create.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll give my heart and soul...and sweat :-)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: On two original albums.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I would have to spotlight the score for a short TV movie production and a recent british animation project still in production.