Sounds of Silence - 2nd edition

Silent film & live music festival - Day 1

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Live music, uniquely composed for SoS's momentous films.

Sounds of Silence is a festival of silent films and live music which presents early silent cinema masterpieces with cutting edge contemporary music. The musicians who collaborate with our project are among the top in their game. They are a group of local Dutch and multi-national talents that make music in varied genres such as classical, jazz, electronic, experimental, and dance music. The music they create is composed and made especially for the festival, and will be performed live alongside the films..

We are delighted to announce the second edition of the festival, coming to The Hague in February 5-7, 2016, sponsored this year by Gemeente Den Haag and hosted by De Nieuwe Regentes.

www.soundsofsilencefestival.nl 

Attention! Tickets online are cheaper.
Day Ticket - €20 (€15 for students)
Festival Ticket - €50 (€40 for students)

19:30 Paris qui Dort and Ménilmontant / DAIRY - Tickets €12,50 (€10 for students)
21:30 Strike / Terrence Grindrocket - Tickets €12,50 (€10 for students)
19:30 Paris qui Dort and Ménilmontant / DAIRY
Paris qui Dort (René Clair, 1924) Director René Clair is one of cinema's most stylish innovators. A critic, a poet and actor, the young Clair aligned himself with the French avant-garde of the '20s, and his silent work may be seen as offshoots of the Dada movement. His debut, Paris Qui Dort ("The Crazy Ray"), is a bizarre, comic fantasy in which a mad scientist uses a magic ray to render the city immobile. Only a group of strangers atop the Eiffel Tower remain untouched by the mysterious ray. Will they be able to find the culprit and bring Paris back to life?  

Ménilmontant (Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1926)
Ménilmontant tells the story of two sisters who leave the country for the city after their parents are slaughtered in a mysterious axe murder. Relatively unknown, this film is a masterpiece of silent cinema which takes a simple melodramatic plot and transforms it into a deeply affecting work of art with the sheer force of its poetic, intense visuals. Unusually for the time, the film has no intertitles, therefore the plot is communicated entirely with imagery. This economical storytelling gives the film a lean, stripped-down aesthetic that makes it seem eminently modern. Menilmonant is a dazzling masterwork which is as overwhelming and powerful today as the day it was made.

Music by DAIRY
Dairy formed in 2003 in Amsterdam and comprises of Yannis Kyriakides (electronics), Andy Moor (guitar), Joe Williamson (bass) and Steve Heather (drums). The group was active for a number of years then split up due to members moving to different parts of the world. In 2016 they will reform to perform for the Sounds of Silence festival.

The quartet will perform to two avant-garde films from the mid 1920's Paris qui Dort (Rene Clair) and Ménilmontant (Dimitri Kirsanoff). The Rene Clair film has been in their repertoire for over 10 years, and they have toured with it in Austria, Belgium and France. For this edition of the festival they will devise new music for Ménilmontant. Their approach to sound is visceral and hypnotic, developing and evolving lines over a long time span. In relation to film their soundworld envelops the narrative but does not follow it, they are more concerned with building a sonic architecture around it, that is multi-layered and emotive. 

21:30 Strike / Terrence Grindrocket
Strike (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925) The first feature film by the director of Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein's Strike is a visual tour-de-force that employs dynamic editing and experimental camerawork to dramatize the saga of a bitterly-fought Russian factory strike in 1903. What is most striking about the film is its sheer emotional intensity and energy, which the director achieved through his ingenious editing techniques.  There are no individual characters a spectator can identify with, but the film very effectively draws sympathy to the collective mass of the oppressed who dare to take a stand against their exploiters. Unlike anything seen in cinema up until this point (and after), this film demonstrates the power of cinema to convey a point of view and possibly alter the way we think. 

Music by Terrence Grindrocket
Grindrocket employs restrained sound manipulation techniques and raw freeform layering, creating a soundtrack which supplements the film with a rhythm that enhances its mechanical images and stark montage editing. Expect a performance open to interpretation and full of expression. Combining home-made percussion and horns with a minimal setup of a few choice electronic sound modules, tape cassette machines, guitar effects pedals & condenser 
microphones.