Sunday 14th of April 2019
Imagine Film Festival | EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam

Jakov Protazanov | Russia | 1924 | 113min

A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world. Among the people who receive it are Los, an engineer haunted by visions of an advanced civilisation on Mars, and of the seducing Martian queen Aelita. Convinced that Aelita is somehow trying to communicate with him, Los builds a space rocket and reaches Mars. His arrival will lead to an interplanetary romance, intrigue, and a Marxist uprising!


Directed in 1924 by Jakov Protazanov, one of pre-revolutionary Russia’s leading filmmakers, and based on a novel by Alexei Tolstoi, AELITA, QUEEN OF MARS is one of the first science fiction feature films ever produced, and the very first to employ science-fiction to promote the Communist cause! Protazanov's silent film is also renowned for its eye-popping constructivist sets and costumes, which directly influenced films such as Fritz Lang's Metropolis and Flash Gordon. 


GARLAND is an electro-acoustic duo consisting of Cologne-based DJ Phillip Jondo and Glasgow-based artist and electronic musician Simon Weins. Freely combining analogue and digital technologies with field recordings and acoustic instrumentation, GARLAND finds its roots in the duos shared interest in sample-based music and the open-ended possibilities of making multiple versions of tracks found in the dub tradition.

Commissioned by CineSonic, GARLAND will perform their new original score for AELITA, QUEEN OF MARS at EYE as part of the 2019 edition of Imagine Film Festival.

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Tuesday 20th of November 2018
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
Commissioned by IDFA, musical direction & production by CineSonic.

A world premiere with a soundtrack played by:

Kate NV - electronics
Victoria Dmitrieva - piano
Varvara Tishina - soprano
Anastasia Kozlova - violin
Anna Azernikova - soprano
Rodolfo Ravissant - accordion
The Russian Chamber Choir
Conducted by Anna Azernikova

Playing music composed by:
Georgy Sviridov
Sergei Prokofiev
Dmitri Shostakovich
& others

Live at cinema Tuschinski Amsterdam main hall.


Wednesday 24th of May 2017 - 19:30 Studio/K Amsterdam

CineSonic proudly presents:


Long time CineSonic collaborators - LIMA - join forces with new ones - Studio K -  for what promises to be a very special live show on the 24th of May.

Top-notch Dutch techno DJ and producer Albert Van Abbe will play his musical interpretation of three artist videos from the LIMA archive. He will be accompanied by Daan Mol (poet & former front man of Dutch band Contra Contra) who will recite from his own work connecting the LIMA films merging the performance into one cinematic CineSonic & spoken word performance.

The videos are the creation of three highly regarded contemporary international video artists - Broersen & Lukács, Sebastian Diaz Morales and Seoungho Cho – and will be presented with a new soundtrack for the first time.

Albert van Abbe
One of the very few Dutch techno live acts having performed at Berghain, Awakenings and ADE, Eindhoven’s Albert van Abbe has been involved in many different musical projects over the past 15 years. With an outstanding talent for composition and rhythm, Van Abbe’s music manages to result soothing and calming, while at the same time, arresting and experimental. His productions blend manic percussions, synths and wide-open soundscapes in a perfect harmony of intent and execution.

Van Abbe has released music on Semantica, Deep Sound Channel, Trolldans, ESHU & Curle. Besides performing and producing music, he also currently operates two record labels, No Comment and VANABBE.

LIMA video art program
Sebastian Diaz Morales
The Lost Object - NL, 2016
Seoungho Cho
Scrumped - USA/KOR, 2016
Broersen & Lukács
Establishing Eden - NZ/NL, 2016

Wednesday 24th of May 19:30 Studio/K Amsterdam



play Mikael Kristersson’s LIGHT YEAR


It is with with great satisfaction that we can finally announce our first collaboration with the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the leading documentary film festival worldwide! These two shows are part of IDFA 2017’s special focus The Quiet Eye, a thematic program dedicated to documentary films that, although thematically and aesthetically diverse, share a contemplative gaze towards their own subjects.

For LIGHT YEAR CineSonic commissioned a new score to the renowned German electronic composers Robert Lippok and Barbara Morgenstern. Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moor composed the original soundtrack of SUD EAU NORD DEPLACER. For this special event a new cut of the film will be presented, accompanied by a new soundtrack by Kyriakides and Moor, based on their original compositions.

Both film concerts will take place at Brakke Grond in Amsterdam.


Mikael Kristersson
Sweden | 2008 | 101 min

Swedish director Mikael Kristersson explores the beauty and the complexity of the natural world that surrounds us by turning the camera towards his own garden in Falsterbo, an old village in the south of Sweden. Without any external narration, ‘Light Year’ shows a year in the life of the birds, insects and human beings that share the garden. Kristersson captures the garden’s inhabitants with gorgeous cinematography and high sensitivity, bringing the viewer close to each one of them, as the rhythm of natural life follows the seasons.

The film was nominated as Best Scandinavian Documentary for the 2009 Nordic Council's Film Prize.

Robert Lippok
Robert Lippok is a Berlin-based musician and visual artist. Together with his brother Ronald and with Stefan Schneider, he is the co-founder of the influential German electronic Krautrock group ‘To Rococo Rot’. As a solo artist and through various collaborations Lippok released various albums in a career spanning for nearly twenty years, with his latest (‘Redsuperstructure’) released by Raster Noton. As a solo composer Lippok’s music ranges from ambient to IDM and experimental techno.

Barbara Morgenstern
Barbara Morgenstern is an electronic musician based in Berlin. One of the primary artists of Gudrun Gut's label Monika Enterprise, she has released several albums under her own name and collaborated with artists such as Robert Wyatt and Hauschka. Often solely accompanied by piano, drum machines and sound effects, Morgenstern composes intimate synth-pop songs, often marked by her own vocals.

Robert Lippok and Barbara Morgenstern started worked together in 2005, with the release of the album ‘Tesri’. Both of them collaborated (separately) with CineSonic in the past and we welcome them back to Amsterdam for this ling-awaited film concert.


Antoine Boutet
France | 2013

The Nan Shui Bei Diao – "North South Water Transfer" – is the world’s largest water transfer project, stretching between southern and northern China. The project is meant to bring water from the florid South to the arid lands of the Chinese Northern territories. ‘Sud Eau Nord Déplacer’ follows the construction of the immense concrete waterways designed to flood desert regions and remake entire ecosystems. Choosing to observe and show, rather than tell, Boutet creates a nevertheless poignant commentary on the difficult balance between men and nature, depicting how this highly controversial project of unprecedented scale affects the environment and impacts the life of the communities that it reaches.

The film was nominated for a Golden Leopard at the prestigious 2014 Locarno Film Festival.

Andy Moor
Andy Moor began his artistic career in Scotland, as guitarist for the punk band ‘Dog Faced Hermans’. In 1990 he moved to the Netherlands after an invitation to join the legendary Dutch independent post-punk band ‘The Ex’, with which he recorded nearly twenty albums. A gifted guitar player with a rare talent for improvisation, Moor is part of various rock and experimental ensembles (‘Heretics’, ‘Lean Left’, ‘Decade’…) and composed soundtracks for films by Iranian filmmaker Bani Khoshnoudi and US filmmaker Jem Cohen.

Yannis Kyriakides
Yannis Kyriakides is an award-winning composer of contemporary classical music and sound artist. His music explores new forms and hybrids of media and his work has been performed worldwide at many of the prominent music festivals, and by many leading contemporary music ensembles.

Moor and Kyriakides have been composing music and performed together since 2010 and are the founding members (together with Isabelle Vigier) of the Amsterdam based music label Unsounds.



CineSonic joins Kulter for the presentation of a special live cinema event at Dokzaal Amsterdam

Friday 31 March 2017 at Dokzaal | Plantage Doklaan 8-12 | 19:30h

TOTAL FICTION, an international audiovisual group composed by musicians Jeremy Young (guitar, reel-to-reel tapes and electronics), Shinya Sugimoto (pianist/composer) and avant-garde celluloid filmmaker Paul Clipson (SFMOMA) meets OBOL LE, an experimental performance project by Bolivian performer and singer Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti with Jochem van Tol (modular synthesizer), Frank Rosaly (drums, electronics) and Harpo ’t Hart (keys, algorithm/projection, synthesizer).

This one-of-a-kind live collaborative project will take place on Friday 31 March at Dokzaal | Plantage Doklaan 8-12 | 19:30h | € 8

More info: GONZO (CIRCUS) / facebook



18th of april 20:00 | Imagine Film Festival 2016 | EYE Amsterdam

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 intelligent dance music (IDM), the Haagse band draws their audience into a trance, through shifting patterns, repetitions and drones. The result is a stirring brew with links to Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and Tool, but with the innovative force of modern techno and ambient.

This CineSonic live show follows the release of Monomyth's third album EXO on the18th of March. The band will tour Europe 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 is even seen by some as a premonition of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

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

        Monomyth         Imagine Film Festival         EYE Amsterdam