FREE: Silent Film Spectacular Returns to Albany Public Library

October 6th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

It’s October, and the annual Silent Film Spectacular is coming back to the Albany Public Library. The four-event series offers a truly unique film-going experience as silent movies are accompanied by live performances of original soundtracks composed and performed by Local 518 bands. Kicking off on Wednesday (October 7), this season’s selection of films ranges from the terrifying to the adventurous; and it even include a film created by one of the bands.

The Silent Film Spectacular events take place in the large auditorium of the Washington Avenue Branch of the Albany Public Library on four consecutive Wednesday evenings in October at 7pm. All performances are free.

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Here’s the schedule of films and bands for the 2015 Silent Film Spectacluar:

“DEMENTIA”
With live, original music by Blacklight Lighthouse
Wednesday (October 7), 7pm
In “Dementia,” which was released in 1955, a psychotic woman awakens from a nightmare in a cheap hotel room and spends a frightening night on skid row. Blacklight Lighthouse creates loops and samples layered with acoustic and electronic instrumentation resulting in a sound collage that will delight the audience.

“PETER PAN”
With live, original music by Time Travel Book Club
October 14, 7pm
The 1924 film “Peter Pan” closely follows the original stage play and incorporates some of the dialogue in the title cards. Time Travel Bookclub will use modular synthesis, guitar, piano, electronics, and percussion to create an evocative soundscape.

“THE UNKNOWN”
With live, original music by Clank
October 21, 7pm
In “The Unknown,” which was released in 1927, a criminal on the run from the law hides in a circus and pursues the ringmaster’s daughter. Clank is an electronic musical duo that uses synthesizers, samplers, effects pedals, electric guitars, and modifiers to create live soundscapes of spontaneous sounds, loops and samples woven together.

“WHEN AN ALIEN ROBOT CRASH-LANDS IN TROY, NY”
An original film and soundtrack by lastdayshining
October 28, 7pm
Albany band lastdayshining had such a great experience at last year’s Silent Film Spectacular that they decided to create their own film for this year’s event. lastdayshining is a hard-hitting, post-rock band with a sound characterized by expressive instrumental buildups that travel through a range of dynamic changes from quiet lows to bone-crushing highs.