photo by Tom Krauss.
At Lady Chapel, Church of Intercession
Time in Live Sound & Silent Motion Picture
Music for Silent Film Screening
Music Composed and
performed by Yael Acher aka “KAT” MODIANO: Electro-acoustic Compositions and improvisations with Flute, Effects and Electronics
Time in Live Sound is a “real-time” response to Silent Motion Picture, a time -based artifact of cinema.
As an electro/acoustic flutist / composer, Modiano transforms the tradition of live music accompaniment of silent films to a contemporary representation. Through this art-performance hybrid, she merges the two eras and art mediums, while her music
enhances the films’ emotional intensity and symbolic motifs.
Expressionism’s inherently non-conforming
and soul searching is reflected in its visual and narrative aspects, displayed through expressive lurking, seemingly slow -motion yet intensely paced camera portrays the actors in elaborately haunting scenes.
camera’s lens, my live film score aims at capturing the film’s delicate
nuances of subconscious undercurrents. Human psychology appears timeless, cutting through history,
simultaneously illuminating and eliminating time.”
Modiano’s contemporary live film score performance and attire enhance and accompanies screenings of Weimar era Expressionist cinema masterpieces
that communicate an inner and outer chaotic state of mind/being through symbolism, stylized Art Deco scene settings, artistic costumes, modern fashion, fantasy, and social codes.
Modiano’s audio vocabulary exposes a versatile palate of sounds, stemming from universal eclecticism. Among elements typical to the Western classical music of 20th and 21st
Centuries, and popular music, the soundtracks encompass also raw pulsating Industrial noise beats, and elements from ritualistic and spiritual music of indigenous cultures: Australian Aborigines, Native Americans, monastic spiritual Tibetan Buddhist chants,
Japanese Zen music.
Time in Live Sound has been performed at film festivals, cinemas and screening venues in NYC, USA, Europe and Israel. Numerous grants and awards, have supported
the project, including: Goethe institute, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency Grant, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Fresh Fruit Festival, from New York City.
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