If the instruments on hand don't evoke the musical mood desired, make your own. That's exactly what Iranian-born composer Nima Fakhrara did for the movie The Signal.

With a background in Persian classical music, Fakhrara studied composition, anthropology and ethnomusicology in California and it is there that he also learned to make musical instruments. For the indie sci-fi film The Signal, Fakhrara says he constructed three instruments which "are used in many different ways, both by using their natural sounds and manipulating the sounds to get cool textures.”  The "Steel Marimba" is pictured below. You can see his other two creations here.

Please head over to ReelSound to hear the score to The Signal along with some of Alan Silvestri's music from Contact and John Williams' Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

 

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