100 years of electronic music and film ft. Coldcut, Mental Overdrive, Slow, Frost, Gaggle, Ben Osborne & more at BFI
The second major event in Noise of Art’s 100 years celebration sees electronic music return home, as the BFI’s Sonic Cinema presents “Noise of Art’s Electric Nights”, celebrating a century of Electronic Music and Silent Cinema.
Featuring Pudovkin’s classic 1926 film Mother, with short films from the 1920s and live music and DJ sets by: Coldcut; Mental Overdrive; Aggie Frost; Slow; Gaggle; Ben Osborne, the event takes place at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Marking 100 years since Luigi Russolo began the story of electronic music by writing ‘A Manifesto for an Art of Noises’, tonight brings electronic music back to its earliest home – not the nightclub, but the cinema.
Russolo first performed with a proto-synthesiser in 1914 and after WWI he started soundtracking early film in cinemas in Paris. The evening connects a century of film and electronic music.
The main feature is the UK debut of a new live score to Vsevolod Pudovkin’s 1926 masterpiece Mother. The music has been created by cross-border collaboration between celebrated Russian electronic musician Slow, Norwegian cosmic disco outfit Mental Overdrive and electronic artist Aggie Frost. Their live soundtrack, played in the UK for the first and probably only time, was commissioned by Norway’s TIFF festival earlier this year. Their re-working breathes new life and intensity into the revered film.
Accompanying the feature, pioneering electronic act Coldcut will be putting new music to films from the Russolo era, while Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne adds music using recordings of Russolo’s own sounds. The screening will be followed by a party in the Benugo Bar with a performance by Gaggle. Tickets £15, concs £11.50 (Members pay £1.50 less)
Presented in association with TIFF
Details at the BFI website here.
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