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Short Scores: Amber Arcades

In Short Scores, Eye on Sound playfully pushes at the boundaries of film music. We asked a new generation of musicians and composers to create new mini film scores to accompany a short piece of film of their choice from Eye’s collection. Amber Arcades chose Procession of Capuchin monks (1899).

By Thijs Havens08 July 2022

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For Short Scores, Amber Arcades wrote a new soundtrack for Procession of Capuchin monks (1899), a fragment from Eye's collection.

Can you briefly introduce yourself?

My name is Annelotte de Graaf. I actually mainly make music for my own project Amber Arcades, but it was a very nice experience to make a piece of music once in which images formed the guideline.

Why did you choose this specific film fragment?

I think it's a very striking image. The monks who slowly shuffle past, some deep in thought or prayer while others look mischievous into the camera. The image immediately set a very clear atmosphere and evoked all kinds of sounds in me.

What inspired you in making this score?

Ennio Morricone's film scores, PJ Harvey's music, rainy countryside views from the train.

How did you tackle the project?

I had a demo for a song I wanted to do something with. There was a sentence in it that evoked an image in me that I felt was very closely related to these images, giving it a kind of extra layer. I used that sentence as a starting point. With my band members Manuel (van den Berg) and Thomas (van den Berg) we intuitively built a world around this with sounds that evoked the images in us. A marching drum part, vocals in the background that resemble Gregorian choral singing, an ethereal floating omnichord.

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