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CineSonic proudly presents our first collaboration with Imagine Film Festival, one of Amsterdam's oldest and most beloved film festivals.

As part of Imagine's 2016 theme program 'Building Dreams and Nightmares' dedicated to architecture and design in fantastic cinema, we've been invited to curate the re-scoring of the legendary German Expressionist film Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari.

On the 18th of April, the new digitally restored copy of the film will be screened in The Netherlands for the first time, with a new soundtrack composed and performed live by Dutch psych-rockers Monomyth.

If one expects an adventurous approach to music from a band named after a Joseph Campbell's book, Monomyth doesn't disappoint. Flowing freely from space rock to krautrock, from psychedelia to IDM, the Haagse band draws their audience into a trance, trhough shifting patterns, repetitions and drones. The result is a stirring brew with links to Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and Tool, though with the innovative force of modern techno and ambient. This CineSonic show marks the band's first ever composition and performance of a score for a silent film.

Monomyth's third album EXO will be released on the 18th of March 2016 and followed by an European tour in April.

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari | Dir. Robert Wiene | Germany | 1920 | 71 min

Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema and arguably one of the first (if not the very first) horror films ever produced, Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari tells the story of a deranged hypnotist who uses a sleepwalker to commit murders on his behalf.

Nearly 100 years after its release the film maintains its spellbound reputation as a one-of-a-kind film in the history of cinema, mainly as a result of its landmark Expressionist set design and eerie, dreamlike narrative.

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari is seen both as a precursor of psychological thriller films and a metaphor of the horror embodied by tyrannical political power, with the character of the titular mad doctor as a symbol of the "authoritative power of an inhuman state” and of Adolf Hitler himself.

This show is presented by CineSonic in collaboration with Imagine and EYE.

        Monomyth         Imagine Film Festival         EYE Amsterdam



photo © Hans Schoo

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CineSonic is a project of Stichting Film en Media Festival Amsterdam established in 2007 to offer cutting-edge music producers the opportunity to compose new soundtracks for silent films, experimental cinema and video art.

CineSonic has commissioned soundtracks to musicians such as Hauschka, Shackleton, Wolfgang Voigt, Lone, Robert Lippok, Jan Jelinek, Machinefabriek, Legowelt, Pole, Tom Trago, Morphosis, I-F, Bombay and many more.

In the past 9 years CineSonic live shows have been hosted by some of the most prominent festivals and venues in The Netherlands and abroad, among which: Lowlands festival, Into the Great Wide Open, 5 Days Off, EYE Film Institute, Goethe Institute, Transylvania International Film Festival, Noordelijk Film Festival, Rocket Cinema, Paradiso, Melkweg and Trouw.

The concept behind CineSonic is to offer musicians and sound artists complete freedom to interact with shorts or feature films. Each selected artist is given the opportunity to create a new sonic dimension for the selected film or video by combining live music with the screened visual content.

CineSonic asks artists to step out of the comfort zone of their every day practice and invites them to apply their artistic ability in a different manner as they are used to. Through these creative encounters, new ways of working, new dynamics between audio and visual elements are explored and revealed.

All CineSonic film concerts are unique in scope and intention and are distinguished by an accentuation of the live performance aspect, giving a new dimension to the familiar ways of ‘watching a film’ and ‘listening to live music’.

Through a carefully curated program of ever-changing live events, CineSonic keeps on inviting audiences to discover the work of international cutting-edge filmmakers, visual artists and musicians alike.