Short Scores: Legowelt

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. Legowelt chose The Black Cat and Dinner For Two (1899).

By Thijs Havens31 March 2022

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For Short Scores, Legowelt wrote a new soundtrack for The Black Cat and Dinner For Two (1899), a fragment from Eye's collection.

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I’m Danny Wolfers, (electronic) musician and producer from The Hague. I put out albums/EPs/singles under a lot of different pseudonyms: the most well-known is probably Legowelt. I also do a lot of sound design; for example, I make pre-sets for synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments, soundtracks for video games and films and all kinds of stuff. I also make more visual things, which I integrate into my music, for example in video clips or record covers, and I’ve just made an animated film for which I also do the music.

Why did you pick this specific piece of film?

At first I chose this one because it’s a clip with a story. It starts off a bit sinister and then it gets more slapstick, and it has several layers. This makes it interesting for the soundtrack.

What inspired you to draft this score?

It all went pretty automatically really, I just followed what was happening on the screen... so it’s inspired by the images. I made it pretty noisy, which suits all the artifacts and the dustiness of the old film.

How did you tackle the project?

I just played live with synths along with what was going on in the film, chose or programmed a few sounds that fit with the action. At first you hear these rather sinister tones, and then this changes when the man and woman come into the picture; then a more dreamy, classically romantic melody comes in and builds to a climax. At the end, there’s a sound that sounds like a purring cat.

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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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