New Music in Silent Film - Or Vice Versa?

This seminar will address the symbiotic relationship between silent films of the past and composers of modern new music today. As many silent era films enter into the public domain there is a great need for definitive musical scores to be composed for them. Conversely, many new music composers find such films to be more open to interpretation and experimentation – thereby offering a potential break in contemporary film scoring techniques. Yati Durant, Lecturer in Music, Sound and Moving Image at The University of Edinburgh and an experienced composer and conductor of silent films such as Sergei Eisenstein’s The Battleship Potemkin and Karl Heinz Martin’s Von Morgens bis Mitternachts, will discuss the challenges and opportunities a composer faces when working on such a project. Creative and educational potential for the future will also be discussed.

Author: 
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Speaker(s): 
Yati Durant (University of Edinburgh) and Chair: Miguel Mera (City University) Yati Durant (University of Edinburgh) and Chair: Miguel Mera (City University)
Event date: 
Thursday, 27 January 2011 - 12:00am
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