Korkarlen [The Phantom Carriage]
Körkarlen (The Phantom Carriage) rated USweden / 1921 / 106 mins / dir. Victor Sjöstrom
With a live score performed by Steve Beresford, Blanca Regina, Richard Sanderson and Paul Khimasia Morgan.
Support from Jason Kahn & Christian Wolfarth duo.
Originally released on New Year's Day 1921, Körkarlen is an early horror film, considered to be one of the central works in the history of Swedish cinema. Directed by and starring Victor Sjöstrom, it is based on the novel, Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness! by Nobel Prize-winning author Selma Lagerlöf. The film is notable for its use of special effects, complex narrative and its later influence on the directors Ingmar Bergman and Stanley Kubrick (The Shining). The film’s protagonist, drunkard David Holm, tells of a legend that the last person to die each year has to drive Death’s Carriage to collect the souls of everyone who dies the following year, only for this macabre penance to be visited upon himself.
Steve Beresford is a well-known member of the London improvising scene since the 1970s. He has featured on a large number of recordings of improvised music and been involved with Alterations, Imitation Of Life, Derek Bailey’s Company events and with the Portsmouth Sinfonia. Beresford has continued to play free improvisation with a number of prominent musicians including Evan Parker, John Zorn and Han Bennink.
Blanca Regina is an artist, teacher and curator currently involved in creating audio-visual performances, sound-works, installations and film. Her research and practice encompass sound art, free improvisation, moving image, live events, electronic music and performance. She is co-founder of the Live Cinema Foundation.
Richard Sanderson is an improvising musician based in South London. He runs the Linear Obsessional label for “experimental and improvised music and other sounds that fall between the cracks of category and genre”.
Paul Khimasia Morgan is an improviser drawn to working with unorthodox instrumentation and technique. He curates Aural Detritus Concert Series, manages The Slightly Off Kilter Label and writes for The Sound Projector.
Jason Kahn & Christian Wolfarth [US/Switzerland] utilize voice and percussion. Wolfarth's cymbal work often resembles a multitude of oscillators buzzing in and out of phase and Kahn's use of the voice could be mistaken for white noise or a failing distortion pedal.
Edited sound by
Paul Khimasia Morgan
Filmed and edited by