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Alternative Silent Film Scores To Knock Your Socks Off
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Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Composers: Pet Shop Boys
Year: 2004

Another commissioned piece, here by London’s ICA, and another one-off gig, this time in front of 25,000 people in Trafalgar Square, saw everyone’s favourite post-Constructivist popsters Pet Shop Boys meet everyone’s favourite actual Constructivist, Sergei Eisenstein, in a marriage of ‘20s montage and noughties synths. “We looked at it as though it were 11 pieces of music,” explained Neil Tennant in The Guardian, “and tried to develop themes that worked within those pieces, synching into the different moods of each scene.”

 

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1 Drone Rock Horror!
The Phantom Carriage KTL / Sunn0))) score is also very good More

Posted by jwebb66 on Wednesday August 15, 2012, 16:09

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Pet Shop Boys over Battleship Potemkin is really odd...but I didn't hate it. More

Posted by Whistler on Tuesday August 14, 2012, 02:15

3 Solaris
A recent one was Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason's recent re-scoring of the original Solaris film. It's pretty gorgeous stuff, although i'd wager not as gorgeous as the one Cliff Martinez composed for the remake. More

Posted by bruised_blood on Monday August 13, 2012, 12:37

4 What about Queen?
Metropolis is one of my favourite movies and I did have a video with the film having a score by Queen. I have since lost the video though and can't find a copy anywhere with the Queen score. Much as I love the blu-ray release, I was really hoping that it would have an option to play the Queen score as well as the actual score. More

Posted by artigat1 on Monday August 13, 2012, 09:01

5 what about John Cale?
Nice selection, but you forgot to mention the extraordinary John Cale's soundtrack to Tod Browning's "The Unknown" (with an astonishing Lon Chaney performance). John Cale even made a live tour with it (it was presented here in Lisbon in the 1994 European Culture Capital event). More

Posted by Bernieasf on Saturday August 11, 2012, 13:14

6 You missed my favourite...
British Sea Power's scoring of 'Man of Aran' was another absolutely breathtaking one. More

Posted by Woodland Bear on Saturday August 11, 2012, 00:56


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