Film by Kazimierz Bendkowski (1975)
Music by Lee Weisert (2014)
"Replika" is an experimental short film by the Polish filmmaker Kazimierz Bendkowski, to which I created a newly-composed electroacoustic soundtrack. The film—made in 1975—is a time-lapse capture of a children's playground in Warsaw, shot from a single angle from dawn to dusk. In my composition, tiny filtered "grains" of noise are generated in rapid fire iterations, creating the impression of a more-or-less continuous textured line. This technique was chosen because of its obvious structural similarities to film, in which individual frames are shown in rapid sequence, creating the illusion of continuity. Similarly, the activities of the people on the playground, when viewed at this angle and speed, seem to occupy a space somewhere between conscious deliberation and automated reactive process. After creating all of the sounds in the piece, a painstaking process of synchronization occurred, in which individual sound grains were matched frame-by-frame to the film. The unceasing activity of the grains is sometimes accompanied by recordings of modern-day Warsaw, offering another, more elusive, access point to the images on the screen.