16.04.2014 SOTU Festival OT301 Amsterdam
CineSonic regular collaborator Raphael Vanoli (electric guitar) teamed up with Seamus Cater (duet concertina) for a live screening of Walther Ruttmann’s Lichtspiel Opus 1.
Raphael Vanoli creates unheard textures by using blowing techniques on his electric guitar. His music takes the form of uneven telluric sound-scapes and has elements of minimalistic song. At times loud and extreme, Vanoli’s music is especially meditative and body friendly. It hits the soul with waves of empathy.
Seamus Cater is an English musician / writer / performer / organiser, living and working in the Netherlands. Much of his music has a relationship to the British folk music revival of the 1950's and 60's while he does not try to recreate historical or modern folk music.
Walther Ruttmann’s Lichtspiel Opus 1, is the first of the four-part Lichtspiel: Opus was an early film career high for Walther Ruttman, an artist with a background in painting, graphic design, and architecture, and a future in Nazism (he supported Hitler and assisted Leni Riefenstahl with conceiving Triumph of the Will.) Ruttman was committed to a sanitarium after suffering a nervous breakdown on the Eastern Front during World War I. Not long after being released, he turned his sights to abstract animation, cementing his place as an early innovator of the form. Throughout the four Opus films, Ruttman utilizes tinting, toning, coloring of emulsions, and contemporary Oskar Fischinger’s wax-slicing methods, creating images intended to provoke the kind of emotional responses that one might experience while listening to music.