rescoring

blissblogger

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I saw that Kevin Martin aka The Bug has rescored Solaris, which is a ballsy thing to do given the immensity of both the Tarkovsky film and the soundtrack by Artemiev

I feel like this is a thing that others have done but I can't think of any other examples

Did the dude from Portishead do one?

I guess it's an amateur thing people do when they think a film is let down by its existing score, but I'm thinking more people putting them out as recordings for sale

then there's people doing them retroactively for silent movies or experimental films that don't have any music (or stealing the film to slap under their track so they have a promo - seems to happen a lot with avant-garde animation)

but the Kev Martin move - it's kind of a twist on the old '90s electronica / trip hop cliche of "a soundtrack for a non-existent movie" - a soundtrack for a very much existent movie

i wonder if it will become a growth area, a new frontier of retro culture
 

pattycakes_

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The Cinematic Orchestra did The Man With A Movie Camera. Saw it live somewhere in London. Luke Flowers alone was worth the price of entry

Jeff Mills did those Buster Keaton ones
 

polystyle

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Aaaah jah rescoring certain movies can be a challenge !

With dystopians 2005 - 8 we did live scores for Blade Runner, Alien & THX w Norman Westberg joining for the last two @ the special 4 wall screens + dinner venue Monkeytown when it was in Brooklyn.
Good fun.
 

william_kent

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Crosspost from Grim Brittania thread


Illusions - From the BFI DVD "Mis-Information": "A collaboration between Mordant Music and BFI, who commissioned MM to spend eight months researching and re-scoring an array of 70s and 80s public information films and documentary shorts produced by the Central Office of Information (COI)."

Faust did a few live accompaniments to Murnau's Nosferatu which I think may be a candidate for the most rescored film, although that maybe Metropolis - Giorgio Morodor did a score before Jeff Mills had the idea - and Kevin Martin is also a bit late to the party, Solaris has previously been done by Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason
 

bassbeyondreason

Chtonic Fatigue Syndrome
I've done a few of these myself (Metropolis, Haxan, Dr Caligari, Nosferatu, Faust) for film festivals etc. (also got to go to Glastonbury for one which was class). I have fun with them and it's one of the few ways to get paid as an abstract electronic musician of lowly stature, but tbh it can feel a bit corny.
One exception was scoring Haxan at Newcastle Castle, incorporated folk songs and excerpts from historical documents about witch trials that had taken place in the building, gave it more depth.
 

wektor

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My only experience of that was seeing the 1966 version of Fahrenheit 451 with a couple peeps playing the backing track live at Hackney Picturehouse few years ago, think it was more interesting due to it being live. Topping the original soundtrack (if you're putting together something pre-recorded) is a massive challenger for someone who wasn't on set and perhaps only seen one version of the film, the immersion is key. I reckon and the movie set might provide one with way more insights than only watching the finished product.
 

boxedjoy

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I once was asked to make music based on Apocalypse Now, but I've never seen it and I didn't have the time or inclination
 

catalog

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I've done a few of these myself (Metropolis, Haxan, Dr Caligari, Nosferatu, Faust) for film festivals etc. (also got to go to Glastonbury for one which was class). I have fun with them and it's one of the few ways to get paid as an abstract electronic musician of lowly stature, but tbh it can feel a bit corny.
One exception was scoring Haxan at Newcastle Castle, incorporated folk songs and excerpts from historical documents about witch trials that had taken place in the building, gave it more depth.
are you in demdike stare?

 

bassbeyondreason

Chtonic Fatigue Syndrome
"In 2012, the groups Hacker Farm and Libbe Matz Gang were offered the chance to score a new soundtrack for the 1922 film Haxan, which was to be screened at a small underground festival in London. The groups both declined the invitation, reasoning that rescoring Haxan was lame, boring and careerist – the sort of thing a black turtleneck sweater-wearing group would do. "
 

polystyle

Well-known member
Almost a pun or joke on this was ... seeing Haxxan Cloak do his anticipated live set @ Unsound 2012 ... with a backdrop of Solaris film playing.
From here, that seemed a bit too easy, lazy even.

Not that it wasn't loud enough !
 

sufi

lala
"In 2012, the groups Hacker Farm and Libbe Matz Gang were offered the chance to score a new soundtrack for the 1922 film Haxan, which was to be screened at a small underground festival in London. The groups both declined the invitation, reasoning that rescoring Haxan was lame, boring and careerist – the sort of thing a black turtleneck sweater-wearing group would do. "
sychronicitously i was just watching haxan last night alongside blair with and cannibal holocaust
 
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