Wednesday, July 22, 2015

episode 15: Laurel & Hardy, orchestral Chaplin gig, scoring Technicolor at MoMA

episode 15: Laurel and Hardy, orchestral Chaplin gig, scoring Technicolor at MoMA

Welcome
Silent Film Sound and Music Archive
Recap of June shows: Clara Bow in "Mantrap" in Lake Placid, Mostly Lost 4 at Library of Congress, a special L&H program concept from Bruce Lawton at Silent Clowns
Recording: in performance at Silent Clowns Film Series, Laurel and Hardy in "Duck Soup"
Returning to Tromsø, Norway for "Silent Film Days", and special Chaplin accomp assignment
Recording: in performance at MoMI, accompanying Chaplin's "The Immigrant" for 5th graders
Upcoming shows: Silent Clowns' "Men In Trouble", Cinema Arts Centre shows of Ernie Kovacs plus restored Baby Peggy
Recording: in performance at MoMA for "Toll of the Sea" from Technicolor series
The importance of participating in audience preservation
Thanks, and closing

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

episode 14: silence in the theater, Docks of NY, playing into the film, an orchestral organ

episode 14: silence in the theater, Docks of NY, playing into the film, an orchestral organ

Welcome
Silent Film Sound and Music Archive
Recap of May shows: Mary Astor in "Heart to Heart", Buster Keaton in "Battling Butler", plus "Docks of New York" and a faster fps
Recording: in performance at MoMA, from 2008, playing the audience into the beginning of Douglas Fairbanks in "A Modern Musketeer"
Rules of the Game: playing an audience into a film, keeping the show momentum going
Recording: in performance at MoMA, from 2009, accompanying, "Poil de Carotte, a French film with live translation of intertitles
Upcoming shows: Lake Placid Film Forum, Silent Clowns' Laurel & Hardy, Mostly Lost 4 at Library of Congress Packard Campus Theatre
Recording: in performance at Baptist Temple in Brooklyn NY, from 2010, on Steere & Sons orchestral organ, accompanying "The Ten Commandments"
The importance of participating in audience preservation
Thanks, and closing

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

episode 13: programming vs. what I like to play for, staying inside a character's head, legacy piano at NYU

episode 13: programming vs. what I like to play for, staying inside a character's head, legacy piano at NYU

Welcome
Silent Film Sound and Music Archive
Recap of April shows, playing for 5th graders at the Museum of the Moving Image
playing and presenting at the Toronto Silent Film Festival
(correction: Toronto SFF shorts curator is Chris Seguin, not Paul)
Recording: in performance at Toronto Silent Film Festival, Stan and Ollie discuss rich people doing things "just the reverse" in WRONG AGAIN
Rules of the Game: staying inside a character's head, regardless of the physical action of the scene when it doesn't match
Recording: in performance at the Alden Theatre in McLean VA, Raymond Griffith takes in the end of the Civil War in "Hands Up!"
Upcoming shows: Silent Clowns' series season of Hal Roach comedies, Library of Congress Packard Campus Theatre, High School band in Connecticut, Mostly Lost 4
Returning to the scene of the crime: playing annually at a silent film class at NYU on the piano I picked out in 1983
Recording: in performance at NYU Cinema Studies, sequence from Mikio Naruse's "No Blood Relation"
Closing

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

episode 12: cineconventions, music from out-of-print DVDS, being easy to work with, Marcel Perez review

episode 12: cineconventions, music from out-of-print DVDS, being easy to work with, Marcel Perez review

Welcome
Silent Film Sound and Music Archive
35th annual/final Cinefest, the future of cineconventions
silent film in a church and at Columbia U. film school
Recording: from out-of-print DVD from Unknown Video "Flaming Flappers", performed on Miditzer organ
Jim Henry, creator of Miditzer virtual organ program; the TCM Film Festival
Rules of the Game: show prep that goes beyond the music; plus being versatile and being easy to work with
Recording: review of Musty Suffer and Marcel Perez DVDs from Sergio Mims of WHPK Chicago
upcoming shows: Marcel Perez show at NYPL, Clara Bow in "It", Raymond Griffith in 35mm
the birth and demise of altscore.com, a great idea that didn't take off
Recording: excerpt from formerly-downloadable alternate score for "Heart O' the Hills" with Mary Pickford
Audience preservation tips.
Closing

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

episode 11: song cues gone wrong, scoring One Week, Lee Erwin, silents in schools

episode 11: song cues gone wrong, scoring One Week, Lee Erwin, silents in schools

Welcome
Silent Film Sound and Music Archive
Library of Congress shows: Leap Year, The Patent Leather Kid
Cinema Arts Centre show: Linda, dir Dorothy Davenport
Recording: Patent Leather Kid, live in performance at the LoC Packard Campus Theatre, on their Walker digital theatre organ
Rules of the Game: when existing music must be used…but no longer works
Recording: excerpt of Lee Erwin playing his score for America, dir DWG, on a Wurlitzer Theatre Organ
On scoring One Week, borrowing a leitmotif device from Mussorgsky, and squelching inadvertent audience reaction
Recording: audience of 4-5 year olds watching Oranges and Lemons with Stan Laurel, on a Yamaha upright
Upcoming performances: 35th annual Cinefest, Toronto Silent Film Festival, cinema studies classes at Columbia and NYU, and more.
Closing

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

episode 10: presenting silent films to kids and to seniors, interview with Harry Weiss pt 2, listening to the audience

episode 10: presenting silent films to kids and to seniors, interview with Harry Weiss pt 2, listening to the audience

Welcome
Silent Film Sound & Music Archive
The Cinema Arts Centre on Long Island - "Within Our Gates", virtual theatre organ
Palace Theatre family programming, Stamford CT
Recording: Charlie Chaplin in "The Adventurer", live in performance at the Palace Theatre in Stamford CT, on a Yamaha upright
Yes, I was a piano tuner
Listening to the audience when playing for a comedy, and not always being able to hear the reaction
Interview with 98-year-old silent film pianist Harry Weiss, part 2
Why I bring a tuning lever to shows
Audience building: this means YOU
Recording: Harold Lloyd in Grandma's Boy, live in performance at the Osborn in Rye NY, on a Steinway L; Feb 2015
Upcoming performances: Arbuckle in "Leap Year" and Barthelmess in "Patent Leather Kid" at Library of Congress, 35th annual Cinefest, The Marcel Perez Collection DVD, and more.
Closing

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

episode 9: Boise Philharmonic, musical cross-cutting, interview with Harry Weiss pt 1, inspiration for main themes

episode 9: Boise Philharmonic, musical cross-cutting, interview with Harry Weiss pt 1, inspiration for main themes

Welcome
Silent Film Sound & Music Archive
Boise, ID: working with Boise Philharmonic, playing at the historic Egyptian Theater, showing One Week to 700 5th-graders
Recording: Charley Chase in "Dog Shy", live in performance on the Robert-Morton theatre organ at the Egyptian in Feb 2014
Rules of the Game: musical cross-cutting to help underscore scenes in early dramatic shorts
Recording: Alice Guy-Blaché's "A Fool and His Money", on Steinway piano at MoMA in Feb 2015
Interview with nonagenarian silent film pianist Harry Weiss, part 1
A trick to come up with main themes for all those comedy shorts
Recording: Max Davidson in "Don't Tell Everything", on Steinway D piano at Bruno Walter Auditorium, Silent Clowns Film Series Feb 14, 2015
Upcoming performances: comedy shorts at the Palace in Stamford CT, Harold Lloyd in Westchester, Keaton at Wesleyan, The Marcel Perez Collection DVD, and more.
Next episode: Harry Weiss, part 2.
Closing

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