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Short Scores: BEA1991

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. BEA1991 chose Les Parisiennes (1897).

By Thijs Havens04 November 2021

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For Short Scores, BEA1991 wrote a new soundtrack for Les Parisiennes (1897), a fragment from Eye's collection.

Could you introduce yourself?

Hi, I’m BEA1991.

Why did you pick this specific piece of film?

The colouring appealed to me, as well as the materiality of the girls. It was like looking at paper. A kind of ‘little lambs gambolling freely in the fields’ dynamic among the dancing kids and, zooming out a little further, the concept of young women growing up in a (probably) strict environment, and making their way through this, with all the probs this will involve.

What inspired you to make this score?

The material and the frequency of the images, the palpable quality while looking at it. Also the fact that it is a clip from a much bigger moment, and for example that I can see the girl on the right doing her best, but I can also see that she just can’t keep up. Part one of the audio reflects the fragmenting straightjacket of young girls ‘having to’ do something elegant, and part two underlines the interpretation that they are stronger than they are allowed to look. And the girl on the right keeps on dancing along, even though she’s always too late (cute!).

How did you go about it?

With all the windows open and then holding it in for a very long time till I’ve got what I’m looking for.

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