LIVE MUSIC/SILENT FILM
HARRY SMITH: A RE-CREATION
ORCHESTRATED BY M. HENRY JONES
LIVE SOUNDSCAPE BY PAUL D. MILLER
(a.k.a. DJ SPOOKY THAT SUBLIMINAL KID)
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY,
APRIL 16 AND 17, 1999,
$14 ($10 WALKER MEMBERS)
This multi-projection visual and aural extravaganza features filmmaker Harry Smith's fantastic animations set to a live soundtrack by pop-electronic sound collagist DJ Spooky. An American original, Smith's achievements ranged from producing the seminal Anthology of American Folk Music for Folkways Records to creating a visionary and groundbreaking series of animated films. His passions for music and imagery were evident in his jazz-inspired paintings, vivid abstract films, and performative fusions of moving images and musical scores in multi-projection events.
Artist M. Henry Jones, Smith's close collaborator, has spent several years re-creating Smith's unique screening mode using magic lanterns and custom-made projection devices. Twenty-eight-year-old DJ Spooky, hip-hop's in-house intellectual who has been credited with being the figurehead of downtown New York City's
illbient music scene, provides the soundscape for this visually unique event.
THIS "LIVE MUSIC/SILENT FILM" EVENT IS SUPPORTED BY THE BENTSON FAMILY FUND FOR THE ACQUISITION, CONSERVATION, AND PRESENTATION OF FILM, AND IS PRESENTED AS PART OF AN ONGOING SERIES OF EVENTS CO-CURATED BY THE WALKER'S FILM/VIDEO AND PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENTS, WHICH PAIR LIVE NEW MUSIC WITH SILENT FILMS.