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Preview: Richie Hawtin scores silent 1920’s movie

Thursday 11 September 2014
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If Gatsby relinquished your love for all things 1920’s, then Bertrand Bonello’s latest project may be just for you.  Part of a special exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Bonello has invited techno musician Richie Hawtin to create a new and original score for the 1928 silent movie Brumes d’automne. Ooh la la.

The idea came to French film director Bonello, after he began to question how we would view the film differently if there were to be different music to accompany it. The 1920’s movie is a 12 minute collection of breathtaking and poignant scenes that uses its music to convey what words can’t. Originally scored by Paul Devred, Richie Hawtin’s new composition will offer a fresh take on a timeless tale.

The electro pioneer has previous experience working in artistic endeavours after a performance at the 2011 annual public art festival in Paris, and he was also invited to perform at the Guggenheim last year by Dior Artistic Director Raf Simons. With over 20 years of DJ experience, Hawtins has vast knowledge of rhythm and effect boxes, drum machines and techno measures that he has headlined with at various festivals across the world. It will be exciting to hear his modern visionary paired with a vintage art piece that will create an entirely new perspective.

Also bringing their own interpretation will be Bertrand Bonello himself, as well as Singaporean composer Diana Soh. The three new compositions will all be played alongside the original on one screen, to demonstrate the differences that each score creates. Other events taking place include performances by actress and singer Ingrid Caven – wife of Yves Saint Laurent, and also a screening of the short film ‘Where Are You, Bertrand Bonnello?’

The exhibition is sure to be a success and will be taking place from September 19th until October 26th. Check out their website for more information.

Words: Kayla Joleen