Second Sundays: Music for Silent Films, featuring Chris Becker


Composer Chris Becker presents a set of composed and improvised music accompanying silent films by friends and fellow artists from New York and New Orleans, as well as Maya Deren’s At Land. Becker recently debuted this project in Houston in a special set presented by the Caroline Sessions at CultureMap. Some of the films from that set will be screened again at FrenetiCore, but every performance of Music For Silent Films is different.

Using the popular software program Ableton Live and a large collection of samples, musical or otherwise, Becker improvises a soundtrack to each silent film by selecting and layering samples like the pieces of an aural jigsaw puzzle. The majority of the samples are field and studio recordings Becker has made over the past decade. Although the music for each film begins with a prepared, partially composed “template" of sounds and samples, once the film hits the screen, an improvised dialogue between Becker and the images begins.



Pilot Theater
5102 Navigation Blvd.
Houston, TX 77011


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