Henry: An electronic soundtrack to David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’

Cat Temper aka Mike Langlie ist Musiker und Fan des Film’s ‘Eraserhead’. Henry ist ein ein dunkler synth getriebener alternativer Soundtrack zu David Lynch’s kultigem Film Debut, der eine ganz neue Erfahrung des Klassikers verspricht.

16.02.2019

Für die Idee allein gibt es von hier schon mal Applaus. Einen Film so zu lieben, dass man ihn gleich komplett neu vertont, verdient ein ‘Füllhorn voller Nerd-Lorbeeren’ so viel steht mal fest.

Abgesehen davon ist der neue Score aber auch wirklich gut und beim Hören wird man gleich Neugierig auf das vermeintlich neue Audiovisuelle Erlebnis mit dem Lynch-Movie aus dem Jahr 1977.

Wer sich den Download auf Bandcamp zulegt, der bekommt zur Motivation gleich eine PDF-Anleitung mitgeliefert, in der erklärt wird, wie man die DVD/Blu Ray Version des Streifens am schönsten mit ‘Henry’ synchron schalten kann.

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David Lynch’s 1977 movie Eraserhead has fascinated me ever since it blew my teenage mind years ago. I’ve seen the film many times (especially while making this album) and it continues to offer new details and questions. Despite becoming so familiar with its beats, textures, moods and moments, the more I watch it the less I feel I have a grasp on its meaning and mysteries.

The stylized staging and character behaviors (not to mention the baby character itself) may seem alien to audiences unprepared for a surreal nightmare of mostly unremarkable events. However Lynch’s ability to conjure a tangible and haunting world with minimal sets and special effects is undeniably impressive. It’s amazing to think that his first feature film, made as a student with money from his newspaper delivery job, is so fully realized and expresses such a unique vision and voice. It elevated him to auteur status and is ripe with themes and visual symbols that appear in many of his films to follow.

The sound design by Lynch and Alan Splet is an atmospheric industrial audio collage. It defines the film’s claustrophobic spaces as much as do any of the shadowy visuals. It’s long been one of my favorite works of audio art. With this in mind I humbly offer my own alternate soundtrack, named after Eraserhead’s protagonist. It’s admittedly heavy-handed and over-reaches as a simultaneous musical score and sound effects track. But hopefully it’s interesting for people who are open to experiencing movies in a new way.

Common complaints I hear about challenging films like Eraserhead is that slow pacing and unconventional acting can be uncomfortable obstacles to becoming absorbed in a story. A goal of my reimagined soundtrack is to help hook viewers through a more accessible musical palette. I frame scenes in a music video format and offer my own interpretations of characters’ inner thoughts and interactions. If this album inspires anyone to approach Eraserhead with fresh eyes (and ears) then I’ll consider my experiment to be a success.

 

(via Jörn)

 

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