New soundtrack for James Whale's masterpiece.
It’s alive! James Whale’s ‘Frankenstein’, starring the legendary Boris Karloff in the main role, was responsible for theatres full of clammy-handed and pale-faced film-goers when it was released in 1931. Many decades later, Whale’s masterpiece – based on Mary Shelley’s book about a scientist and his monster cobbled together from assorted body parts – still stands up. Kevin Toma has written an original soundtrack to accompany the film. During VIDEODROOM he will perform the score live on piano and synthesizer, adding to his soundscapes with the discreet use of samples.
Toma takes inspiration from Frans Waxman’s score for ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ (1935) and Frank Skinner’s score for ‘Son of Frankenstein’ (1939). For Toma, it’s not just a case of conjuring a creepy or dramatic atmosphere, however: “I wanted to give my music a sense of otherworldliness and expansiveness, with a lot of strings to reflect not only the story but also the physical, expressionistic world of the film.”
In this way Toma deviates from the classical ‘Frankenstein’ interpretation: an investigation of the boundaries of science and the possibilities and dangers of the artificial human. For this musician the story is more about a deep, ineradicable loneliness. “The monster roams around, rudderless, as the only one of his kind, incapable of finding a meaningful place in the human world”, says Toma. “With my music I emphasise that tragic aspect and make the monster more human and his story more poignant.”
As part of VIDEODROOM
Film Fest Gent and Vooruit will launch the first edition of VIDEODROOM in october 2018. For 10 days top musicians mix live music with films, visuals and other projections. Each time it concerns unique crossover productions that you will only get to see during VIDEODROOM.
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