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I recently finished a project I've been working on for a long time, a soundtrack for the silent film <i>The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari</i>.  I'll probably come back to it and make some revisions at some point, but I thought I'd share it here in its current form.  Here's a link to the movie with my soundtrack:

http://hep.bu.edu/~slinden/Caligari_final_libtheora.ogv

And here are the .mp3s:

http://hep.bu.edu/~slinden/Caligari.html

If anyone would care to have a listen/watch to any of it, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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I only watched sections of this since I've seen the film before and, while it's a masterpiece, it's rather long and daunting, and not the sort of thing I want to put on casually to watch.  If I ever decide to see the whole film again, I'll watch it in this version, if it remains available.

From the sections I watched I thought this was very effective and could have some commercial potential as a soundtrack on a DVD or streaming release.  I've no idea how to go about this, but I assume it would require having or making some business contacts with DVD manufacturers or streaming services that provide classic films.

The only suggestion I have from the sections I watched would be to consider adding some sound effects, not actual sound effects but instrument generated ones; for instance, an organ stop is set to drum and a note played when a door slams.  This is regularly done in silent film scores and can be effective if it's done sparingly and subtly.

Off topic but perhaps an interesting trivia fact on music and silent films: in the 1920s a silent film was made of Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier, with a score for accompanying live orchestra by Strauss himself.  I've read that at least one print of this film still exists, but as far as I know its not available on DVD or streaming.

Oooo! I did not know that! I'll have to go for a hunt...!

Jon Corelis said:

Off topic but perhaps an interesting trivia fact on music and silent films: in the 1920s a silent film was made of Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier, with a score for accompanying live orchestra by Strauss himself.

It's listed in IMDB.

Claude Werner said:

Oooo! I did not know that! I'll have to go for a hunt...!

Jon Corelis said:

Off topic but perhaps an interesting trivia fact on music and silent films: in the 1920s a silent film was made of Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier, with a score for accompanying live orchestra by Strauss himself.

Yeah, I had already found that, still tracking down where to buy it/download it

Jon Corelis said:

It's listed in IMDB.

I'm glad you found the score effective!  Thanks for your thoughts.

That's interesting about the Strauss opera.  Hopefully if prints of the film still exist, it will be made available someday.

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