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Music makes the movie: The importance of film scores

Josa Lukman
Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, November 1, 2019  /  04:50 pm
Music makes the movie: The importance of film scores

Note by note: Music composer Ifa Fachir works on his compositions. Ifa recently talked at the American Cultural Center @America to discuss about the importance of music scores in films. (Ifa Fachir/-)

Visual elements very often make up the essence of a film’s appeal but soundbites can also be a defining part of a cinematic experience. Take, for example, simple yet iconic soundbites like the two alternating notes from Jaws (1975) or the strings in Psycho (1960). Separated from the context of the scene, these soundbites may not make sense but have become so recognizable in the public sphere to the point of parody. Different moods for different films require different approaches. Rocky’s (1976) “Gonna Fly Now”, for example, provides a sense of anticipation as the title character runs up the 72 steps to Philadelphia Museum of Art, while “The Imperial March” signals the ominous arrival of Star Wars’ main villain Darth Vader. Composer Ifa Fachir, who worked on the 2018 remake of Keluarga Cemara (Cemara Family) said the k...