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Consider Playing Live Music for Silent Films?
It's still done for old and contemporary films!
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I think music is the soul of Silent Film - the right music can make watching a film a FABULOUS experience! 

Yes, there are still musicians that play live music for old AND new contemporary Silent Films!  No need to play piano, YOU can be one as a Violinist, Violist or Cellist - but seems PERFECT for 5-string Fiddles & 5-string Violas! 🤗

Think Silent Films are Boring? (AustinMcConnell) 

A lost art: music in silent film - by Ben Winters (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment). 

"How Music Influences the Way You See a Film" with The Famous Players Orchestra - a few examples by film historian Stan Taffel.  

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The Silent Film Pianist, David Watts - Adds Sound Effects! 

 

The Music Keeping Silent Films Alive - Ben Model (The New Yorker). 

 

The art of accompaniment for a silent film - by David Drazin, who's been playing Silent Film piano for more than 30 years. 

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The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

Berklee Silent Film Orchestra is dedicated to composing and performing new, original scores for silent classics. Based at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, which houses the world’s only undergraduate degree program in film scoring, this all-student orchestra works under the leadership of three- time Emmy nominee Sheldon Mirowitz. 

 

Berklee Silent Film Orchestra - "Punches and Streamers" documentary film. 

Berklee Silent Film Orchestra - Making of Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

Berklee Silent Film Orchestra - Varieté: Making Of The Score

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The whole time I've been looking thru videos, the only thing on my mind has been "what could I play on violin/viola for different moods?".  Many pieces have been racing thru my mind - parts of Classical, Blues, Jazz, Folk & Popular music, but actually ALL genres fit the bill!

 

The Most Famous Film Music? Mysterioso Pizzicato -The 'Villain Theme' (The Musicologist). 

 

"How to Score a Silent Movie" (SilentPianoNinja).  

Scores vs Que Sheets and the importance of HOW you play the music! 

 

"Silent Film Scoring – What the Eyes Hear" from Prof. Robert Israel, PhD

 

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So, there are also GREAT contemporary Silent Films that need music to set the moods! 

Film Scoring a silent film- Mini Masterclass - Approach, Techniques, Aesthetics with Dom Sigalas. 

 

00:00 - Intro • 00:43 - The Film Play-through • 04:16 - Initial Thoughts • 04:58 - Pitching for the film • 06:53 - Coming up with a memorable melody • 09:49 - Planning Ahead • 11:38 - Finding the pace • 12:01 - Setting the hitpoints (should you hit all of them?) • 12:49 - Using motifs and harmonies to set the tone • 13:41 - Following the camera movement • 14:30 - Introducing the theme (Lullaby) • 16:04 - Developing the theme with counter melodies • 19:07 - Changing the tone • 24:40 - Hitting those hitpoints • 27:19 - Closure- Should you resolve? 

🤔... reminds me of the Haunting Music From French Composers Thread.    

Sound of Silent Film Festival - 15th Annual, Program 1.  

ACM (Access Contemporary Music) presents the 2020 Sound of Silent Film Festival featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films.

Some GREAT use of Violin/Viola/Cello for music AND sound effects in these! 

Intro: (00:00) • Demons Before Breakfast (00:27) • Devil's Food Cake (04:13) • A Word from Seth Boustead (14:09) • What If (16:44) • Constructive Interference (24:55) • Intermission (27:38) • A Word from Chris Ramaekers (28:00) • Dysrhythmia (37:44) • Meet the Band (49:38) • Listen to Me (50:53) • Mantoru (59:30) • Get the F**K Outta Paris (1:06:39

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I think it could be fun to try to play along with a Silent Film! 

🤔... oooh, maybe a Party!  

- Emily

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There's no soundtrack to this D.W. Griffith silent film, starring 17 year-old Mary Pickford (1909) - so go for it and add your own Violin music! 

"The Violin Maker of Cremona" - see the Video description for the whole story! 

 

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