Scoring a Different Culture
A little more than one year ago, I had the privilege of scoring Gone Nine Months, Lola Okusami’s first film.
The short is set in early 1990s Nigeria and it focuses on a family pulled apart by increasing tension. However, the real protagonists of the film are the women of this family and their desire for independence and personal growth in a social context that doesn’t always allow it.
As an Italian male, I was asked to write music about women in early 1990s Nigeria. From the beginning, I knew this was going to be a very unique project. I also scored the film in a little less than two weeks (plus a few revisions later on) while on holiday in the beautiful and cold Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides.
There is something about helping to tell stories that are far from my own personal experience that I love.
Doing this gives you the freedom to try out your own musical language and background in a context it doesn’t belong and something good may happen.
This is if your relationship with the director is so open that the collaboration becomes a mutual exchange.