Ladislaw Starewicz is considered to be one of the inventors of stop-motion animation. His groundbreaking films, produced in Russia and dating back as early as 1910 are nothing short of breathtaking. Reanimated insects, frogs, foxes and rats are set as characters in decidedly surreal retellings of classic fables and fairy tales as well as in Starewicz’s original stories.
In 1998, Tin Hat began a project of performing new original scores for these silent classics, along with help from a live foley artist. I’ve written soundtracks for the following films:
Insect’s Christmas (1913)
The Frogs Who Wanted A King (1922)
The Lily of Belgium (1915)
Town Rat, Country Rat (1926)
“Starewicz’s shorts, created in the early years of the 20th century, are charming in their dotty, sweetly surreal old-worldliness, a sensation matched by the wonderfully mercurial scores written for five of them by Tin Hat. Dreamily eclectic, the music is a deft soup of American folk melodies with middle-European hamishness, the high modernism of Stravinsky and Schoenberg with the brash, wise-guy jazz of Looney Tunes composer Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott. Familiar sounds bubble up and tickle the ear, then transmute into something witty, rich and strange.”
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