|PIANO -- Ben Model accompanies silent
films live on either piano or organ. The piano is the sound most
associated with silent films and most venues have an instrument, either
upright or grand or keyboard. In some cases where a theater or
auditorium does not have an instrument, a digital keyboard can be
arranged for, either locally or through Ben.
THEATRE ORGAN -- A much
fuller, richer sound, one more typically heard in movie theaters during
the silent era, is that of the theatre organ. This is the sound
heard today in restored movie palaces in certain areas of the country
(such as the Egyptian, in Boise, Idaho, shown on this site's home
page). Church organs are suitable as well; many churches have
hosted showings of DeMille's King of Kings ('27) or Halloween programs
like Phantom of the Opera ('25) or Nosferatu ('22).
If you'd like to have
theatre organ accompaniment for your show, there are two options to
bring the real Wurlitzer sound to your venue. One is to use a
digital theatre organ, which may be rented for a show and delivered to
your theater or auditorium, but these can prove very costly. The
next best thing is...
MIDITZER™ -- a virtual
theatre organ called the Miditzer. The Miditzer
computer program runs on a laptop connected to a portable
keyboard+pedals set-up. The audio is run from the laptop through
your house sound system. It's a quick and simple set-up...in
about 15 minutes it's like someone installed a Wurlitzer in your
theater! E-mail for more info.
ENSEMBLES -- Ben has
composed scores for four short comedies which are suitable for either
an adult professional or a good high school concert band or
orchestra. During the silent film era many theatres had
orchestral accompaniment to their films, and these scores composed and
arranged by Ben Model are true to the style of the silent film
era. Concert band accompaniment to films was not part of the
silent era, but most schools
and universities have wind ensembles and so Ben has arranged his scores
for band as well.