Fairy Tales: writing music for silent fantasies - Samuel Wigley | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'... the new BFI DVD Fairy Tales: Early Colour Stencil Films from Pathé, ... [is] ... accompanied by newly commissioned scores from musicians from the music label Touch. With contributions from acclaimed Touch composers including Christian Fennesz, Philip Jeck and Hildur Guðnadóttir, the Fairy Tales scores are gleefully anachronistic in their approach, featuring all the electronic scrapes, drones and crackles associated with the imprint.


Made between 1901 and 1908, the films themselves were the product of a time of astonishing technical progress, seeing the invention of innovations such as radio, the light bulb, the escalator and the telephone. In place of a more historically authentic approach, the Touch scores, curated by label head Mike Harding, conduct a unique séance with this past, their cutting edge sonics reaching back across the decades to the time of, what Harding calls, “the taming of electricity”.


... two of the musicians involved in the project, Marcus Davidson and Pascal Wyse, explain their approaches.' - Samuel Wigley