Short Scores: Phantom Wizard

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. Phantom Wizard chose Bath Scene (1898).

By Thijs Havens11 March 2022

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For Short Scores, Phantom Wizard wrote a new soundtrack for Bath Scene (1898), a fragment from Eye's collection.

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

My name is Phantom Wizard. Artist, composer, producer and musician from Amsterdam, at the intersection of jazz, hip hop, electronic and avant-garde.

Why did you pick this specific piece of film?

The visual composition and layered nature of this clip appealed to me straight away. I also got surrealist, dreamy vibes. People know I’m a surrealist, dreamy kind of guy.

There’s a lot of scope for interpretation, which gave me thousands of ideas straight away. Many of the fragments that were available had undertones of nationalism, violence and urban life. I didn’t want to engage with any of those things. So I also chose this clip because it has happy, natural associations for me.

What inspired you to draft this score?

At the moment, I’m thinking a lot about my inner child. So the picture of a group of adult men playing together in the sea brought me a lot of joy. Childlike playfulness is something everyone needs now and again, irrespective of age.

The movement of the waves and the beauty of the horse also gave me a peaceful feeling. I wanted to give a sonic representation of these feelings, in combination with the dreamy atmosphere, to support the images.

How did you tackle the project?

First of all, I made a loop of the video. Then I built up improvised parts by playing until I achieved the feeling that the images gave me in sound. I started with synthesizer drones, followed by bass guitar, guitar, lead synth, percussion, soundscapes, keyboard, clarinet and vocals.

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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