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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