As part of the UK/ID Festival 2017 programme, audience members had to unique opportunity to watch two films live-scored for the first time in Indonesia.
Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog was accompanied by a live orchestra performing a brand new musical score, and UK filmmaker and curator George Clark's film A Distant Echo's soundscape was reimagined by Hanyaterra, Jatiwangi’s famous ceramic music collective.
We spoke with Indra Perkasa, a film-score teacher whose students’ composition was played for the Hitchcock film, and Nathania Karina, who conducted the orchestra during the performance, about what it takes to live score a film.
What are the key things to think about when scoring a film?
First, me and all the students have to watch the movie several times to get to know the story well. The key thing is to know when to change the mood – when to have a fast tempo, a slow tempo. The dynamics are all dictated by the picture.
We’re not just making music, we have to be the pulse of the movie. That’s the challenge given to the students. We usually have three months of making the composition before I contact the orchestra and start the rehearsals.
We’re not just making music, we have to be the pulse of the movie.
With Hitchcock, I asked the students to do some research about what the music was like from that era. I also asked them to listen to the composer who used to work with Hitchcock, Bernard Herrman, to learn his style. I think it's good for the students to experience many different styles of music so they can be versatile.
- Indra Perkasa