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Dream of a Rarebit Fiend Live Film Scoring Remix

by Marina Hassapopoulou

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For this live film scoring remix, students brainstormed online on picking sound clips to add a new soundtrack to early silent cinema films. This then escalated to a live DJ performance with audience participation for my Film Theory graduate course, and helped students reflect on alternative, interactive, and social modes of watching films, and thinking of them as remixable databases.

Using experimental pedagogy to advance Digital Humanities research can result in innovative and unexpected outcomes, especially when attempting to harness the distracted modes of reading, viewing, and listening into what I like to call “multi-focused” modes of interaction and multimodal engagement. For this particular assignment, I wanted students to reflect on how film reception changes when watching the film with the intention of reimagining the score. By exploring the film's potential as a remixable sound database, students were able to reflect on the creative contributions of collective intelligence and popular culture to cinema's historical legacy. Remixing practices can offer new insights into cinema's past and give students the opportunity of contributing new insights and relevance to cinema's past.

Dream of a Rarebit Fiend Live Film Scoring Remix

A participatory live scoring sound remix for Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906) for my Film Theory Through the Senses graduate course, NYU Cinema Studies - Spring 2016.

from Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)
Creator: Edwin S. Porter / Edison Co.
Distributor: YouTube
Posted by Marina Hassapopoulou