Greetings sound artists, filmmakers, Neo-Dadaists and free thinkers of all stripes. The Rescoring Richter website is an interactive environment where you can experiment with sound and picture in the spirit of the pioneering experimental filmmaker, Hans Richter. We invite you to download any of Richter’s iconic films from the 1920s, create a new soundscape and upload it to the site to add to the conversation about Absolute Cinema – image and sound as a unique art form, freed from the theatrical conventions of actors and scripts. If you like, you (or your filmmaking friends) can also document your process and upload a short Process Doc to the site!
For inspiration and ideas, click on The Rescores to play the films with new soundtracks by artists such as Alloy Orchestra, Bruce Odland, Annea Lockwood, Lin Esser, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, Rob Morsberger, John Musto, and Phyllis Chen and the International Contemporary Ensemble. To watch them work and hear them speak about their process, click on Process Docs. You can also view all eight of Richter’s films without soundtracks by clicking on Project History and scrolling down to The Original Movies.
If you are ready to take the plunge, click on Your Rescore to download the Richter film of your choice, drop it into Garageband, Logic, Protools - whatever software program you use, and go! (BTW - if you like the sounds of the Baschet Brother’s instruments in the “Rhythmus 21” rescore, we have provided some samples for you to download as well). When you are done with your rescore, post it to YouTube or Vimeo. You can link it to the Rescoring Richter site by returning to the Your Rescore page and click Upload Your Video, then fill out the submission form and upload the link. We look forward to seeing/hearing your interpretation. Feel free to upload a process doc as well (and please give it a title). To keep up with the Rescoring Richter conversation, you can always click on the A Forum in the banner on the landing page.