12th Jul at BFI Southbank in London, , United Kingdom

Jul 12

Noise of Art at BFI Sonic Cinema presents

Electric Nights

Celebrating 100 years of Electronic Music and Silent Cinema. 

Featuring: Film: Pudovkin’s Mother, plus a silent short shot in Paris in 1913 and André Sauvage's 'Etudes Sur Paris' (1920).

Set to live music and DJ sets by: Coldcut (UK); Mental Overdrive (Norway); Slow (Russia) Aggie Frost (Norway); Ben Osborne (UK), Overlap (UK).

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Waterloo, London SE1 8XT

£15/£11 9pm-1am

As part of Noise of Art's ongoing celebration of 100 years since Luigi Russolo began the story of electronic music, by writing ‘A Manifesto for an Art of Noises’, Noise of Art 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 main feature film 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 Balearic house 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 Tromsø International Film Festival 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, incorporating original recordings of Russolo's proto-synths, while Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne adds music, also using Russolo sounds, to a visual collage by Overlap. The screening will be followed by a party in the Benugo Bar. Tickets £15, concs £11.50 (Members pay £1.50 less)

Presented in association with Tromsø International Film Festival.

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