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Short Scores: Laura Agnusdei

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. Laura Agnusdei chose The Tarantella, an Italian Dance (1898).

By Thijs Havens28 January 2022

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For Short Scores, Laura Agnusdei wrote a new soundtrack for The Tarantella, an Italian Dance (1898), a fragment from Eye's collection.

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I am an electroacoustic music composer and a saxophone player.

Why did you pick this specific piece of film?

I chose this clip because I find it really fascinating how the “glitch”, the damaged part of the celluloid, interacts rhythmically with the video content, which is already so musical.

What inspired you to draft this score?

I worked with samples taken from Italian folk music, because I wanted to be coherent with the images, but I also mixed these samples with a bouncy synth, to make it more playful, like some weird pop music from the '80s.

Laura Agnusdei's studio setup
Laura Agnusdei's studio setup

How did you tackle the project?

I tried to match the pace of the music not only with the dance but also with the timing of the glitch effects. For underlining the glitch's appearance I used the GRAIM carnatic delay plug-in on the cymbals (a digital device coded by my friend Daniele Fabris) and I also pumped the lower percussions of the rhythmic pattern to make it sound like a bass drum.

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.

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