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Eye on Sound: live music in Eye's arena


Eye on Sound

On the vital relationship between film and sound

Eye on Sound: live music in Eye's arena during Museumnacht 2013

Eye focuses on the dynamic relationship between sound and vision in different thematic programmes. Together they are Eye on Sound, a series on the importance of film sound and (live) film accompaniment.

What would Sergio Leone’s films be without Ennio Morricone’s world-renowned scores? And what remains of Blade Runner without Vangelis’ unworldly synthesizers? Who doesn’t immediately think of Miles Davis’ languid nocturnal jazz in the case of Ascenseur pour l’échafaud? Music and sound are an essential part of the cinematic experience. In fact, they are vital to the experience of film.

Eye on Sound: live music in Eye's arena
Ryuichi Sakamoto © nss (zakkubalan)
© nss (zakkubalan)

Ryuichi Sakamoto

This year, Eye puts the spotlight on Ryuichi Sakamoto, one of the associate artists of the Holland Festival 2021. Sakamoto's latest dance performance Time will premiere during the festival, Eye will organise seven accompanying programmes in June.

Holland Festival 2021

Cinema concerts

Experience historical film scores played by classical instruments, newly written scores to recently released films performed by contemporary musicians and live performances to follow the screening of contemporary classics or theme specials.

Eye on Sound: Quinteto Capital T accompanies The Man Beneath during a cinema concert
Eye on Sound: Bea1991 performs during Eyeshadow


Eyeshadow presents alternative classics from c. 1990 to the present, followed by sensational live bands who respond to the film.

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_underscore_ is a collaboration between Eye, RE:VIVE and The Rest is Noise inviting composers and producers to make new soundtracks based on silent films from the archives of Eye and The Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision.

Eye on Sound: Legowelt scores Nosferatu Phantom der Nacht
Tomas Mutsaers
campaign image Eye on Sound: POP! (Sept 2020)

Eye on Sound: POP!

Rapper Tupac Shakur, pop legend David Bowie and singer-songwriter Björk: what do they have in common and what’s their connection with Eye? Discover it in Eye on Sound: POP!, a programme on the close bond between pop music and film. With feature films, documentaries, live performances and talk shows. Part two of Eye on Sound: POP! will take place in 2021.

Eye on Sound: live music in Eye's arena

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