Performs Live commissioned accompaniment to silent film The Adventures of Prince Achmed at the BFI

Mira Calix 

Performs Live commissioned accompaniment to silent film The Adventures of Prince Achmed at the BFI

22/02/2010
As part of the Birds Eye View festival this year and fresh from winning composer of the Year, Mira Calix has specially commissioned a live accompaniment for the first feature length animation ever made 'The Adventures of Prince Achmed'.

This silent film was directed by Lotte Reineger in 1926, it is a beautiful and creatively narrated fairytale inspired by The Arabian Nights. A young prince embarks on a series of great adventures. The beautiful princess, in need of saving, isn’t far away. This will be performed at the BFI on Saturday 6th March. More details on Birds Eye View

Mira describes her approaches to writing her composition for the animation - 'Syncronisation really is the biggest challenge, and the fact that the mood can change every few seconds. Also with no foley, or other other sound on this film, it meant that the whole thing can feel very two dimensional. It’s the big difference between a silent animation from 1926 and something new like WAll-e, which although without much dialogue, has a dense layer of sound design. my approach to this soundtrack was to create a simple and illustrative layer of sound design. it makes the narrative come alive for me.'

Read interview with Mira Calix on the Birds Eye View blog

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