Did you watch The Man with the Movie Camera before you wrote the music for Kinoapparatom and even if you did or didn’t, were you inspired by anything else from that era? I’m asking, because some of the music (At Work in particular) wouldn’t look – or should I say ‘sound’ – out of place in Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadisches Ballett, which premiered 7 years before the film.

The early 1900’s was an fascinating time for the arts and design and I became interested in the Wiener Werkstätte and Josef Hoffmann during my mid twenties. Bauhaus and German modernism is a big influence over the arts in general and Oskar Schlemmer’s Ballet is an incredible piece to watch even today but I’ve not taken any musical references from it that I’m aware of.  The music for Virtov’s ‘Kinoapparatom’ (‘Man With A Movie Camera’) was partially co-composed with Claudia Chinaura and I can’t speak for his influences. This was a semi-improvised live performance but we had a few days rehearsal in Milan within which to focus ideas and ‘moods’ to connect with specific scenes from the movie. I’d not watched it prior to that time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_with_a_Movie_Camera

http://www.stevejansen.com/news/kinoapparatom_available_on_itunes_23032015.html

5 thoughts on “Did you watch The Man with the Movie Camera before you wrote the music for Kinoapparatom and even if you did or didn’t, were you inspired by anything else from that era? I’m asking, because some of the music (At Work in particular) wouldn’t look – or should I say ‘sound’ – out of place in Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadisches Ballett, which premiered 7 years before the film.

  1. When I watched the film with the music in Parla (10 years ago already) the album made more sense to me that only listening to the cd. Pity that you were sick and couldn’t come! But I was glad of making it anyway and meeting Claudio and specially Tim!

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      1. Yes, you told me in september how disappointed you were when you had to miss it. At least it happened, so travelling there was worth for me. Although I wish that you had been there. But you can’t help being sick!

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