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Music and cinema

directed by Fritz Lang
production Erich Pommer, UFA (1927)
screenplay Thea von Harbou

cast Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
screening with electroacoustic soundtrack, performed live by Edison Studio
composers-performers Mauro Cardi, Luigi Ceccarelli, Alessandro Cipriani, Vincenzo Core, Andrea Veneri

commissioned by Milano Musica and Ravenna Festival

The sound that was unattainable in 1927 can now, almost a century later, be heard, in the very future that provided the backdrop for the film. Edison Studio, an experienced collective of composers and performers, has created a new soundtrack for the most visionary of silent films: Metropolis, now restored in its most complete version to date. The new score sees the interaction of vocals and instruments, mechanical, electronic and ambient sounds: sounds created ad hoc, but always borrowed from nature or from the history of music. Acoustic and traditional instruments, objets trouvésand computer tools will be used on stage, orchestrated and transformed live by cutting-edge technologies and immersive sound diffusion, in a continuous research and experimentation of possible and impossible sonorities.

The Programme