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Short Scores: Donna Blue

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. Palmbomen II chose Een kinderfeest op 't eiland Marken (1899).

By Thijs Havens15 October 2021

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For Short Scores, Donna Blue wrote a new soundtrack for Een kinderfeest op 't eiland Marken (1899), a fragment from Eye's collection.

Could you introduce yourself?

Hi, this is Donna Blue! We’re a duo who make music together, mostly inspired by old film soundtracks from the ’60s and ’70s.

Why did you pick this specific piece of film?

Because of the interplay between the innocent, old-fashioned children’s party and the alienating idea that everyone in the pictures is long dead, but brought back to life for a little while through this project.

What inspired you to make this score?

Old Italian horror, the Maypole song in The Wicker Man and the symbolism of medieval danse macabre.

How did you go about it?

One Sunday evening, we projected the clip on a big screen in the living room. We composed together over the top of this, using a Mellotron keyboard, an old tom-tom and a guitar.

All Short Scores to date

Every three weeks, we will add a new clip accompanied by fresh new music to the Short Scores collection, which will therefore keep growing.

Watch all Short Scores clips