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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.

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.