Soundpainting at EPFL - Silent Cinema & Improvisation
Music and cinema: the perfect marriage! This union is made even more extraordinary when an “orchestra”, comprised of 17 students from EPFL and UNIL, improvises musical accompaniment to silent films or a dialogue with visual artists.
This unique orchestra will be directed by internationally renowned musician Walter Thompson, inventor of soundpainting (also known as the art of “real-time composition”). Created in 1974 in Woodstock, New York, soundpainting is a sign language integrating nearly 1,600 gestures. The language establishes communication between a soundpainter, or composer, and performers who respond with improvised artistic proposals.
At EPFL, these dynamic and choreographic encounters will reflect the different student associations – music, dance, theatre, cinema, video – present on campus. They will also provide a unique opportunity to strengthen the cohesion between different forms of artistic expression.
Don’t miss these two soundpainting events, to be held in Pavilion A of the ArtLab building:
- Silent Cinema & Improvisation
Tuesday, February 18th at 6pm
Improvised accompaniments to three silent films:
- One Week by Buster Keaton (1920)
- Entr’acte by René Clair (1924)
- Le voyage dans la lune by Georges Méliès (1902)
- Experimental Soundpainting Performance
Wednesday, February 19th at 6pm
- General public
- EPFL CdH culture, Musical (AGEPoly), Cinéclubs UNIL/EPFL, Constance Frei (prof. ass. en musicologie UniL / EPFL)
- Virginie Martin