There's something appropriate about watching Nosferatu, F.W. Murnau's silent, creepy, expressionist "symphony of horror," in the psuedo-rustic quasi urban trappings of the Goat Farm.
Its landscape—both pastoral and industrial—nestled against bustling train tracks behind Atlanta's West Side Provisions District forms the ideal backdrop for a film that exists on the fringes.
The naturalistic imagery of the countryside is subverted and made to look and feel weird—Murnau employs negative film stock, variable film speeds, reverse motion, and other tricks of the medium to fill the viewer with a sense of the uncanny.
Likewise, it is only right that a film, whose original sub-title is "Symphony of Horror" be accompanied by a notable score. In this case, Felipe Barral, who earlier this year presented his score to Metropolis, will premiere a new arrangement of a score he composed and recorded in 1999. These shows will feature an electric guitar (tuned to the crafty settings invented by sometime King Crimsonian Robert Fripp), bass and drums, and a vocalist whose voice will add more intricate layers of emotion.
The complete facebook invitation follows:
Nosferatu has been selected by The Goat Farm Arts Center
The Goat Farm is pleased to present a special screening of Murnau's Nosferatu with a live score from Felipe Barral.
3 Performances in The Goodson Yard Performance Hall
Oct 24 | 9 pm
Oct 25 | 9 pm
Oct 26 | 9 pm
Free and open to the public.
About the film:
Nosferatu: eine Symphonie des Grauens or Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror is a classic 1922 German Expressionist horror film directed by F.W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula and orginially featured a live score, now almost completely lost, from Hans Erdmann.
About the score:
This original score was composed and recorded in 1999 in Santiago de Chile by guitarist & artist Felipe Barral. Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, the CD, was released in 2000. The soundtrack was originally composed for several guitars, but over time Barral has modified it to be performed live by adding other instruments. For the upcoming performances, Barral will use electric guitar, bass guitar and drums, and for the first time he also will include a singer, using her voice as an instrument to develop more intricate layers of emotion. He wrote all the songs using the “New Standard Tuning (NST)”, a special type of guitar tuning introduced by Robert Fripp of King Crimson.
About the composer:
Felipe Barral is an artist who expresses himself in many ways —through his art (painting and photography), his music, his writing (he's a poet and a journalist) and his visual works (documentaries, TV shows and films). He is also a Chilean journalist with a Masters degree in Philosophy.
Felipe is currently a Senior Features Producer at CNN International & CNN en Español Special Projects unit. He also is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer/Director of his production company “IGNI Productions” and the online channel for the arts “the G channel” (“thegchannel.com).
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