Music for the eyes


Lecture about a research conducted from 2014 to 2016 on improvised sonorization of motion pictures.

The relationship between the acoustic (musical) and the visual/environmental experience is routed in history and yet in constant evolution.
When a composer or a musician is given the task of integrating his art with the dramatic narration of a film, there is neither a rule nor a method that can offer a safe guarantee of success.

For a composer it can be of help to set out a strategy, together with the director, to comply and deliver a good score during the post-production phase of the filmmaking process, but for an improviser, the ultimate challenge is certainly the live sonorization of a screening, especially when neither the audience nor the musician is aware of what is going to be shown on the screen.

In this lecture-recital, Aki Spadaro defines the main differences between scoring and sonorizing a film and finally translate into practice some learned strategies for a consistent, original and effective live sonorization of a screening.
This will be possible with the help of some original incidental music scores from the EYE Bibliotheek and some short movies made within a wide timeframe that goes from the early 20th century until present days.

Finally, Aki challenges himself and the audience with a live piano solo sonorization "at first sight" of video material.

multimedia coming soon