It’s rare that we watch a movie which consists solely of natural sounds from the scenes. Most of the time, there is a string sound coming softly when the villain gets near to the protagonist; or gentle harp that accompanies a romantic moment between two characters. Or even a full-blown orchestra that supports the anxious mood when the character is pursued by the bad guys. All of these are the work of film composers; a person who utilizes the power of sounds to immerse the audience in the movie.
Film Composer's Stories
Meet Thoersi Argeswara, a film composer for some of the finest Indonesian films out there. Starting in 1997, it wasn't always easy for him. Many challenges, career changes and further lessons in classical musics helps him to be where he is today. The ability to understand classical music is also a plus but you don't need it to become a good film composer, "What you need is passion and experience as well as an understanding of the meaning of that movie", said Thoersi.
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