Short Scores: Klangstof

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. Klangstof chose Feestelijk bezoek van H. M. de koningin Wilhelmina aan Rotterdam (1899).

By Thijs Havens04 May 2022

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Short Scores: Klangstof
For Short Scores, Klangstof wrote a new soundtrack for Feestelijk bezoek van H. M. de koningin Wilhelmina aan Rotterdam (1899), a fragment from Eye's collection.

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

Hi, I'm Koen a.k.a. Klangstof.

Klangstof
Klangstof studio

What inspired you about this fragment?

At first I thought it would be fun to give a modern twist to something very old-fashioned: the Dutch National Anthem. I noticed that the film took on a completely different charge when I pulled it to a darker side. The whole royal atmosphere suddenly felt very forced and I started to look at the film differently as a result.

How did you tackle the project?

I started by sampling different performances of the National Anthem. Then I cut the marching drums apart and reprogrammed them. I put the horns through a distortion module and did some crazy things with it. I've always been a fan of this way of working. Sampling things keeps the authentic vibe of the original, but at the same time gives you the freedom to add extra layers and do something new with it.

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