Robert Etoll '73: Striking the right chord

May 31, 2012

Few outside the trailer business have heard of Robert Etoll.
But every Earthling with a TV is familiar with his music. That's because Etoll's distinctive sound elements are as common in tentpole TV spots as the A-list star close-up.

"Pretty much every film that I have worked on (he) has touched in one way or another," says Matthew Tolhurst, music supervisor of Universal Pictures Worldwide Creative Services. "That is probably not just me either. I feel like it's just about every movie trailer that is released has his fingerprint on it."

Etoll's swelling compositions and distinctive swishes, rumbles and drones can be found in trailers ranging from "Avatar" to "The Hunger Games" to the upcoming "Men in Black 3." In fact, the Berklee College of Music alum, now in his third decade in showbiz, is known as a trailblazer in the niche world of trailer music and sound design.