February 22, 2013

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Commissioned by the Walker Art Cetner and its respected Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection to develop a new score for the 1920 German silent horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Minneapolis' Brute Heart presented their creation last August during an outdoor screening at the Walker's Open Field. Though Minneapolis born psych-label Moon Glyph is now approaching a fully ear away from the city and in their new Oakland, CA digs, the imprint was probably still an easy choice of label to issue the haunting new soundtrack. The new music itself is a more than effective update that draws beautifully from the film's strongest evocations and the classic scores that have come since Giuseppe Becce composed Dr. Caligari's original soundtrack. Moon Glyph proprietor Steve Rosborough's treatment of Jonathan Kaiser's photographs for the tape's packaging layout seems like the perfect way to round out the Walker's commission, yielding a product as complete as the original film, even divorced from footage.

Stream: Brute Heart - "There Are Spirits (Reprise)"

Buy the cassette soundtrack from Moon Glyph. Take a look at this German trailer for the film, below; might give some impression of the animal that Brute Heart agreed to wrestle with when they took the Walker's job offer.

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