Short Scores: Dollkraut

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. Dollkraut chose Maidenhead Junction (1898).

By Thijs Havens17 February 2022

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For Short Scores, Dollkraut wrote a new soundtrack for Maidenhead Junction (1898), a fragment from Eye's collection.

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

Pascal Pinkert, lives in Amsterdam but was born in Hengelo (O.). Loves de-tuned (electronic) instruments. And Dick Maas.

Why did you pick this specific piece of film?

I think it was the extent of the events that did it for me initially. A cacophony of movement, but completely streamlined. I knew for sure that it would have one element at least I could do something with. And that’s how it was.

What inspired you to draft this score?

The element in the film which for me would dominate the theme is the steam train coming right at you. A train storming ahead, at full speed, is always a somehow frightening thing. All of which is reinforced by the amount of steam it blows into the air, in combination with the visible, unstoppable, repetitive movements of the machinery driving the wheels. I tried to transform this 'cataclysm' into a composition.

How did you tackle the project?

I tried to capture the speed and the repetitive movement of the train’s wheels with a synthesizer sequence. These kinds of sequences often have a 'driving' character. An extra layer of bass guitar completes the musical picture.

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