Exploring the lives of Patagonian Cowboys (Gauchos) living at the end of the world in isolation. A stunning portrait of sacrifice, tradition and endurance in extreme conditions, and what it truly means to be alone.
2019 – Won ‘Best Original Score’ for Campesinos at the Made in the West Film Festival Sydney
This story has inspired me to no end. Upon looking at the early footage, I was mesmerised by the vast landscape of Patagonia and its people. The Gauchos as some would call them are so kind hearted I really wanted to reflect this through the music. I felt that a felt piano with all its imperfections gave the score a certain human likeness in amidst an array of synthetic sounds. These synthetic sounds gave the score an under bed that represented wind and snow, such as the Patagonian landscape. I felt that using aerophones to drive the story through its changing emotions also gave the score a poetic touch where the wind and snow seems to be singing through these wind instruments. – Darren