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An Exquisite Corpse

NEMO 019
year: 2007

project coordinator:Rob Switzer
artwork:norelpref


Eleven composers collaborated in Exquisite Corpse fashion to produce two brand new soundtracks for the German Expressionist Classic The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari.

The film with the new soundtracks is available for free download from archive.org under a Creative Commons license (Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0).

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12 Steve Burnett
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I've always loved the film _The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari_ as a commentary on reality, madness, unreality, branching universes, and control over oneself and others.

I watched the film in its entirety four times on consecutive nights, then another twenty to thirty times left on in the background while I did other things.

I reviewed Act VI of the film taking timemarker notes of each action in the film. I then decided on what fit the events of the film, looking for the movements of the characters and what would work to repeat.

Setting up my Todd McFarlane action figure of Dr. Caligari, I created themes for Dr. Caligari, Francis, and Jane, and various events as I thought fit using a Raagini Pro tanbura sampler, a Moog Etherwave Pro theremin, and a Zeta Crossover electric upright bass processed through the effects pedal chain, capturing them in the looper pedals as I felt I had the correct sense of the piece. I played the six themes and captured them in three loop pedals, two per pedal. I then wrote notes as to which themes to play at what times.

I brought up the samples as needed, playing sections live on Chapman Stick intermittently. I did three run-throughs for practice, then did three takes with the recorder running. Next day I chose the one that I felt came the closest to the appropriate dynamics and pacing throughout. I took the night off, came back the next evening to review the choice, and was still convinced I'd chosen the best one. No overlays were added to the track from the live recording.

Gear:
Raagini Pro tanbura sampler
Moog Etherwave Pro theremin
Zeta Crossover electric upright bass
Chapman Stick

Effects:
Z-Vex, Moog Music Moogerfoogers, looper pedals (Akai Headrush, Boss RC-20 and RC-20XL, Digitech Jamman)
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