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Meet the composer and sound designer

Sefi Carmel explains why he feels the studio is the place where technology and creativity meet

Sefi Carmel, composer and sound designer
Talk us through an average day in your role

Wow, the answer to that question can really change massively from day to day.

Most days start with a Zoom call briefing my team. I know I have 15 guys in my teams Some come in to the studio, and some work from home. So we have a zoom meeting at 9am every day where we go through what every member of the team will be looking at that day. 

After that brief I will “fire up the rockets” and dive into composing the film we are currently working on. 

How did you get started in the media industry?

In the early ’80s when electronic music emerged, I was fascinated with that sound, and I followed it to the place where technology and creativity meet – for me that is the studio. 

What training did you have before entering the industry?

I studied electronics and computer engineering before I went into the media industry, you could argue this gives one a good understanding of audio tools such as equalisers, synthesisers, samplers, recording equipment etc. However the truth is I learned it all on the job. Not much of what I learned that Uni was that useful in real life. 

Why do you enjoy working in the industry?

Storytelling is always been a passion of mine, side-by-side with creating interesting sounds. The idea that you could tell a story with a sound, or with music, has always fascinated me. The way that you can change the way that someone feels, enhance a certain point in the story, and emphasise certain elements with the use of sound has always been very exciting to me.

What piece of advice would you offer someone looking to explore a role similar to yours?

It’s a long journey. To make it work you have to be really passionate about this. It’s a pyramid with a very wide base, with lots of talented people graduating from university looking to get a foothold in the industry. Only the ones who are super committed and passionate will actually make it happen.