Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Feima's playlist from USF 5

Unsilent Film Deutsch JA! Playlist
minuswelt - der siebte tag (courtesy maschine9)
rector scanner - vocoder
2raumwohnung - 2 von millionen von sternen
ascii disko - aldimarkt
ascii disko - ne travaillez jamais (yeah it's a french's tiktiktok's fault)
and one - fur immer
combichrist - das der bunker
laibach - achtung!
combichrist - vater unser
gewaltakustik - psychopath
panzer division - electroshock patient (10,000 volt)
kiew - dcdisk(DD version)
xotox - eisenkiller
noisex - jaegerdance
schachtanlage gegenort - schrammaschinenspiel (courtesy maschine9)
*not super sure though
dioxyde - panzerfaust (courtesy maschine9)
DAF/DOS - mutterficker
wumpscut - krieg
funker vogt - maschine zeit(maschinen-mix)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

USF 5 -- Live

(l-r) thieves like me, dust_head, Steven K. Smith, fluxmonkey

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

one week...

until USF 5!

also, it'll be our first anniversary -- "Nosferatu" seems like a long time ago ;)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

the show info...

SynthCleveland will present the 1921 classic silent horror film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" featuring a new live improvised soundtrack on Wednesday, October 26 at 8pm, at Rain Nightclub, 4142 Lorain Avenue in Cleveland.

Directed by Robert Wiene, "Caligari" is considered to be one of the landmark examples of the German Expressionist style (i.e. "Nosferatu", "Faust", "Metropolis"). The film is enigmatic and highly stylized, with a twist ending that M. Night Shyamalan wishes he had used -- madness, love, murder and sonambulists -- all set against a carnival side-show backdrop.

This is the fifth in a series of "UnSilent" films -- old movies with an added improvised live score -- performed this time by SynthCleveland members Steven K. Smith, Thieves Like Me, tofu, dust_head and fluxmonkey.

Spinning before and after the film will be special guest DJ Feima from WCSB's "F2" show.

SynthCleveland is a resource group for area electronic musicians holding meetings and presenting workshops related to electronic music.

Rain Nightclub is located at 4142 Lorain Avenue (216-651-4100). For directions go to:

Admission (21+) is Free.

Monday, September 26, 2005

UnSilent 5: Film Announced

Get an early start on your halloween weekend with...

The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920)

yep, we'll be rockin' it german expressionist stylee ;)

Saturday, September 10, 2005

unsilent + mobile

this is kind of what we'd like to do... Any takers Cleveland? ;)

from Gizmodo
The Drive-In is going high concept. Maybe this is part of the new vintage movement all you hip kids are obsessed with (or else people are just bored). But here’s the idea: Some folks set up a digital projector outfitted with an FM transmitter and put it inside a car. Every couple of weeks they send out an e-mail to a listserv full of fans with details on the movie that will be showing, the wall it will be projected on, the time and whatnot. You show up, tune to the designated FM station and enjoy a flick, or steam up the windows. The Mobile Movie movement started in Santa Cruz, and is now playing in Berkeley, Oakland, Minneapolis, Dallas, Los Angeles, West Chester, PA., and Tampa City, FL.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

UnSilent 5 date announced...

Mark your calendars now: Wednesday, October 26th at Rain Nightclub (of course).

The film? Announced very soon ;)

Thursday, May 05, 2005

i Muy Caliente !

Indeed, a very hot evening of theremin-on-theremin action took place last night as Santo defeated Frankenstein's "oh-so-go-go-booted" Daughter and her red-shirted (yet sensitive) henchmen...

sample dialog:

Henchmen #2: "I do not like bloody eyes, they give me the goosebumps"

Sadly the camera did not make it out, but there were mucho people having a good time marvelling at the Mexican film industry's finest export. ;)


Tuesday, May 03, 2005

ExBe Podcast #2

check out the new ExBe podcast here, (30mb) with the first segment on tomorrow's show.

thanks Brent!

...and if like Brent, you're wondering how we're doing an non-silent film -- we just turn the sound off and use the English subtitles ;)


here's a quick look at some of the gear that'll be on stage Wednesday

starting with the two new players:

Matt/20goto10: "I am using a Korg MS-10 and a Moog Rogue as well as an Etherwave Theramin that will be ran through the 10. Possibly a roland SPD-S for some percussion."

Patrick/Inovercy says "the (Yamaha) SY77... I did manage to make the most spot on theremin sound I've heard :)"

so already there's the prospect for hot theremin-on-theremin action ;)

I'll be lugging the Borg Cube (D-550, U-220, plus delay/reverb), and the ever-present circuit bent SK-1. New this time out: the Roland GR-300 Guitar Synth and the Korg EA-1 for some of the wrestling sections.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

more info on the film....

here's a copy of the press release that went out...


In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, SynthCleveland will present the 1971 classic Mexican Wrestling/Horror film "Santo vs. Frankenstein's Daughter" featuring a new live improvised soundtrack on Wednesday, May 4 at 8pm, at Rain Nightclub, 4142 Lorain Avenue in Cleveland.

This is the fourth in a series of "UnSilent" films -- old movies with an added improvised live score -- performed this time by SynthCleveland members dust_head, tofu, fluxmonkey, inovercy, and 20goto10.

Santo (a.k.a. Rodolfo Guzman Huerta), stars as the silver-masked luchador, battling Dr. Freda Frankenstein (Gina Roman), resplendent in go-go boots, as she continues in the family line of work -- making monsters, while also developing a youth serum. Looking to upgrade the formula, she needs the blood of the eternally young Santo and kidnaps Santo's girlfriend Norma (watch out for that bullet-bra!) to be used as bait. Once lured into Dr. Frankenstein's "Straight Outta Batman" lair, Santo must defeat not one, but two monsters -- the half-man, half-ape "Truxon," and fresh off the Doctor's slab, the familiar looking square headed monster called "Ursus."

This film is quintessential Santo -- allowing the smooth wrestling crimefighter (who never takes off his mask on-screen) to work his magic with the ladies and the monsters.

Spinning before and after the film will be special guest DJ Feima from WCSB's "F2" show.

SynthCleveland is a resource group for area electronic musicians holding meetings and presenting workshops related to electronic music.

Rain Nightclub is located at 4142 Lorain Avenue (216-651-4100). Admission (21+) is Free.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

UnSilent Film 4: Announced!

Yes, breaking with what little tradition we have -- a Santo movie! (In Color! With Subtitles!)

Get a start on your Cinco de Mayo celebration one night early, join us on Quatro de Mayo (May 4th for the rest of us) at 8pm for the silver masked Mexican wreslting icon Santo vs. Frankenstein's Daughter (just pretend it's an alternate universe where SuperHost played Santo flicks instead of Rodan vs. Mothra)

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

more (gear) pix

here's some more pictures of the gear from the show


Fluxmonkey (wider shot)

tofu's rig


Thursday, March 10, 2005


...that was fun!

Not only did the turnout exceeded our expectations (especially, on a cold, windy and snowy Wednesday night), but the music improv magic was also in the air.

Special guest DJ Feima started things off right w/ some Maschina tracks, which segued nicely into the beginning of the movie.

Some of the musical highlights included Tim's (Thieves Like Me) delay and microphone combo, capturing cymbal, harmonica and wine glass sounds and treating them with an array of stompboxes and pedals; Steven K. Smith's drumming during the "torture room" sequence, which dynamically propelled the scene; lbd's (fluxmonkey) new noise box with many "piercings" (body contact switches) added the unnerving underpinnings and Shawn's (dust_head) manipulations of filtered white noise on the MS-2000 set the stage for the evening. Meanwhile, I played a choir patch in the absence of Dawn Mitchell, and pounded on the bent SK-1 during the climatic rioting scene at the end of the movie.

Check back for some audio samples later...

Oh, and the popcorn was pretty good too ;)

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Unsilent Film 3: Tonight!

We hope you make it out to the show tonight -- if you come early enough, there may be some popcorn in your future ;)

Expect some circuit bent machines, modular monsters and electronic percussion combining for an intense film experience.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

UnSilent press updates

three bits of press:

Scene (item 3), Cool Cleveland (under "Events") and Free Times (not online) page 22 item 2.

Also, here's a small collection of "The Passion of Joan of Arc" links that describe the plot in far better detail than I could ;)

This review is probably the most comprehensive, while this review is a close second. There's a review from the BBC, as well as a comprehensive listing of all the films from Carl Theodor Dreyer (including the excellent, but non-silent "Vampyr")

Monday, February 21, 2005

UnSilent Film 3: The Passion of Joan of Arc

SynthCleveland will present the 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer classic silent film "The Passion Of Joan Of Arc," featuring a new live soundtrack on Wednesday, March 9 at 8pm, at Rain Nightclub, 4142 Lorain Ave. in Cleveland.

This is the third in a series of "UnSilent" films -- silent movies with an improvised live score -- performed by SynthCleveland members the scinema, Steven K. Smith, tofu, dust_head, fluxmonkey and thieves like me.

Spinning before and after the film will be special guest DJ Feima from WCSB.

In describing his work, Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer said that film should present "truth filtered through an artist's mind, truth liberated from unnecessary detail." Starring Renee Maria Falconetti (in her only film), Dreyer's unconventional camera angles are uncompromising as he seeks the truth in Falconetti’s haunted eyes and relentless close-ups of the characters faces. The effect is so striking that Jean Cocteau remarked that it looked like "an historical document from an era in which the cinema didn't exist".

The screenplay was based on the transcripts of Joan's trial. The legend of a simple country maid from Orleans, dressed as a boy, leading the French troops in their defeat of the British occupation forces. After being captured and brought before a church court, her belief that she had been inspired by heavenly visions led to charges of heresy and led to her being burned at the stake in 1431. Dreyer combined 29 cross-examinations, combined with torture, into one inquisition.

"It may be the finest performance ever recorded on film," wrote Pauline Kael, but it almost didn't survive at all. The original negative was destroyed in a fire and the film was thought lost until a print was accidently found in a closet in a Norwegian mental institution in 1981 and restored in 1985.

Rain Nightclub is located at 4142 Lorain Avenue (216-651-4100).