Sounds That Made Me | Composing Scores for Earth and Beyond
Creating the perfect soundtrack is nothing like making music from scratch. The score-making process requires composers to immerse themselves into an existing world of characters, images and situations that demand the perfect sonic accompaniment to come to life truly.
You may not know him by name, but chances are you've already heard Ilan Eshkeri's music. From the critically acclaimed BBC Earth series A Perfect Planet with David Attenborough to the blockbuster videogame Ghost of Tsushima, Eshkeri has created some of the most compelling scores in film, television and videogames. The composer’s broad sonic palette allows him to craft the perfect soundscape for every medium, be it for a science or nature documentary, a videogame set in medieval Japan, or an emotional soundtrack to animate the experience of an astronaut in space.
The power of Eshkeri’s music lies in its ability to blend perfectly with the medium it accompanies, delicately enhancing the features of its visual component while maintaining its supporting role in the opera. The carefully-crafted soundscapes, with genres ranging from cinematic to contemporary classical and experimental electronica, speak volumes of Eshkeri’s vast musical knowledge and vivid imagination, resulting in dynamic scores that masterfully evolve and adapt together with the work they’re created for.
The depth of Ilan Eshkeri’s works is such that even when separated from their visual component, they maintain their evocative power and poignancy – watch the full feature to get a closer look at the composers’ process, and the journey behind his creation for Space Station Earth.
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Writer | Marco Sebastiano Alessi
Marco is an Italian music producer, composer and writer. He’s the founder of Naviar Records, a music community and record label exploring the connection between experimental electronic music and traditional Japanese poetry.