"Amadeus on a Steenbeck"
My fourth 16 mm film for Sight and Sound: Film in the Kanbar institute of film and television of the Tisch school of the arts at NYU.
I love working with media that's hand-made, and so I wanted to pay tribute to the Steenbeck
flatbed editing machine, which is sadly falling out of use as digital editing becomes the norm. The film was shot on an Arri-S 16 millimeter camera
with kodak film and cut by hand on a Steenbeck. I took sound effects from the Steenbeck room and cobbled them together into a version of Raymond Scott's classic jazz composition "Powerhouse." (With the help of Daniel LaCosse, of course). The music was recorded onto magnetic tape and synced on the Steenbeck. All the while, I felt like I was channeling a media pioneer from the 30s or something.
I wanted to show a character playing a Steenbeck like a musical instrument. I chose to use Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" (1937) because it has become famous as the "assembly-line song" from Warner Bros. Cartoons. A Steenbeck reminds me of factory equipment (in a film factory), the WB cartoons are significant to media history, and the song itself is a significant formalist achievement.
Raymond Scott was an innovator of recorded and electronic music in the 20th century. His music was as handmade as an early sound movie. Here is a little documentary about Raymond Scott and his genius
As Raymond Scott observed, "Putting notes together, [putting ART together,] is fun!"
Dec. 30: Thank you, deviantART community, Especially `ArtisnotanAccident
, for choosing to make my 16 mm film "The Film Factory" a daily deviation!
Meanwhile, if you like "The Film Factory" please take some time to look through the rest of my gallery
, and please get in touch with me!