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Magnetic Fields' Man in High Concept Soundtrack

Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields is to write and perform a film soundtrack. But that’s clearly not high concept enough for Merritt, a man who blends intellectual indie with all sorts of boundary pushing ideas, so he’s going to write the soundtrack to the 1917 black and white silent film version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and perform it live in San Francisco. Furthermore, his vocals will match the people (silently) talking onscreen. As he told Exclaim "I'm going to try to musicalize it to be more or less in sync with the moving lips of the actors, who actually talk a great deal, considering it's a silent film." Now if you’re worried you can’t make it to SF on May 4, there’s probably going to be a recording you can buy. This promises to be much better than the execrable synch score to Metropolis.


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