Jac van Exter

I work as a composer and instrumentalist for film, documentary and podcasts. I became familiar with composing and arranging music as one of the founders of Jungle by Night, an instrumental collective that operates in various styles. The cycle of recording and touring, provides me a rich set of musical experiences.

My studio is filled with the tools I deeply cherish. Over the years I gathered various instruments and developed a weak-spot for the tones that feel alive, sometimes squeak or shake. I think the combination of these analog “imperfections”, with the possibilities of digital techniques characterizes my sound design.

Chasing sounds and rhythms from different eras and directions is an unstoppable urge for me. It broadens my horizon. Therefore, my collection in its broad sense – of experiences, instruments and music – helps me to create a new language that supports a narrative. In 2023, “Kiddo” by Zara Dwinger premiered at the Berlinale, marking my first feature-length film.