_underscore_ is a brand new collaboration between RE:VIVE, The Rest is Noise and Eye inviting three composers of electronic music to explore the world of the silent film. For this second edition, Raphael Vanoli, Laura Agnusdei and Tammo Hesselink have written exclusive new scores for archival films from the 1920s and 1930s using their unique styles of modern composition to bring these films back to life.
Raphael Vanoli performs music to: Au secours! (Abel Gance, FR 1923, 19′)
A satire on horror films: Max has accepted a bet to stay in a haunted house until midnight without turning to the owner for help. He courageously suffers the worst of agonies, but when his wife calls him exactly one minute before the witching hour to tell him there’s a man that wants to kill her, he presses the liberating bell.
Tammo Hesselink performs music to: Charlot présente le ballet mécanique (Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, FR 1923, 15′)
An avant-garde film featuring a cinematic dance based on live action, opticals and animation. Levers, pistons, limbs of mannequins, handbills, whisks and occasionally also people fly past in a whirl of motion.
Laura Agnusdei performs music to: Benny heeft het aan zijn hart (Dick Laan, NL 1926, 22′)
A short feature film by the Dutch author of children’s books Dick Laan. Young Benny loses his best friend when he is no longer allowed to play football following a heart misdiagnosis by Professor Oudewijf.
_underscore_ is an initiative of Eye, RE:VIVE (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) and The Rest is Noise (Muziekgebouw’s concert series for adventurous and experimental music) inviting composers of experimental and electronic music to create new scores for silent films from the collections of Eye and Sound and Vision. It gives them the opportunity to gain experience writing scores, an art form that requires specific skills and gives these lost films a new lease on life, reviving them for contemporary audiences. Three artists will be selected for each edition who will each be asked to write a score of approximately twenty minutes.
RE:VIVE, CC BY-SA 3.0 Cover image: DRs Kulturarvsprojekt CC BY-SA