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Short Scores

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.

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Film music is often associated with long, epic films, but these days we are also constantly bombarded with ultra-short music videos on social media platforms and bombastic music in advertisements that is over before we can even zap away.

The dominant format of the ‘short sprint’ in film invites reflection; why shouldn’t we take advantage of this as the basis for a playful artistic experiment?

For Short Scores, we asked musicians to create a mini film score to accompany a short piece of film chosen by them from Eye’s rich collection. This is a great way of discovering little film gems that you otherwise won’t see so often because of their length, while at the same time getting to know talented contemporary musicians – some of whom are making their first ever film scores. They also explain what it was about the images they chose that inspired them, and how they created the score.

The final results are like unique little film bonbons; they are not trying to replace the full three-course fine dining experience Eye normally serves up, but are a different beast altogether. Blink and you’ll miss them, but they’re long enough to show how stunning the interaction between sound and vision can be.

About Short Scores

Eye on Sound programmer Thijs Havens talks about the Short Scores project and The Brilliant Biograph, the film compilation from which the film clips were taken.

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Short Scores

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Short Scores: Jimmi Jo Hueting

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 20: Jimmi Jo Hueting vs Hiram Maxim and His Quick-firing Gun (1897).

Short Scores: LYZZA

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 19: LYZZA vs A Camp of Zingari Gypsies (1897).

Short Scores: Tammo Hesselink

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 18: Tammo Hesselink vs Upside Down Boxers (1899).

Photo © Jaap Reedijk

Short Scores: Annelotte Coster

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 17: Annelotte Coster vs Passage des portiques (1897).

Short Scores: Jacco Gardner

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 16: Jacco Gardner vs Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race (1899).

Short Scores: Ranie Ribeiro

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 15: Ranie Ribeiro vs In the Friedrichstrasse (1899?).

Short Scores: Amber Arcades

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 14: Amber Arcades vs Procession of Capuchin monks (1899).

Short Scores: Beau Zwart

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 13: Beau Zwart vs Venetië, havengezicht met gondels (1898).

Short Scores: Nadia Struiwigh

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 12: Nadia Struiwigh vs 'The Lane' on Sunday Morning (1899).

Klangstof

Short Scores: Klangstof

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 11: Klangstof vs Feestelijk bezoek van Wilhelmina aan Rotterdam (1899)

Photograph by Kenneth Owens

Short Scores: Animistic Beliefs

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 11: Animistic Beliefs vs Bloemencorso te Haarlem op 4 juni 1899.

Short Scores: Legowelt

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 10: Legowelt vs The Black Cat and Dinner For Two (1899).

Short Scores: Phantom Wizard

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 9: Phantom Wizard vs Bath Scene (1898).

Short Scores: Dollkraut

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 8: Dollkraut vs Maidenhead Junction (1898).

Short Scores: Laura Agnusdei

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 7: Laura Agnusdei vs The Tarantella, an Italian Dance (1898).

Short Scores: Ella van der Woude

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 6: Ella van der Woude vs Weeshuis-quaestie (1899).

The two members of Wanderwelle walking through dunes in black winter coats.
Photo: Wanderwelle

Short Scores: Wanderwelle

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores for a film clip from our collection. Part 5: Wanderwelle vs Funeral Procession of the Misericordia (1898).

Short Scores: LazerGazer

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores to accompany a film clip from our collection. Part 4: LazerGazer vs Fun on a Sand Hill (1899).

Short Scores: BEA1991

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores to accompany a film clip from our collection. Part 3: BEA1991 vs Les Parisiennes (1897).

Short Scores: Donna Blue

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores to accompany a film clip from our collection. Part 2: Donna Blue vs Een kinderfeest op 't eiland Marken (1899).

Short Scores: Palmbomen II

Musicians and composers of a new generation create mini film scores to accompany a film clip from our collection. Part 1: Palmbomen II vs Panoramic View of Windsor Castle (1899).