In this episode: Ben interviews composer, silent film pianist and television producer William Perry. Perry is probably best-remembered for his scores for the now-legendary television series “The Silent Years”, produced by Paul Killiam, that ran for two seasons on public… Read More »ep. 51: William Perry interview (part 1) – “The Silent Years”, MoMA, and more.
Episode 51 Show Notes: William Perry interview (part 1) Interview with William Perry, composer, pianist, orchestrator, and silent film accompanist. William Perry’s compositions William Perry’s piano music from “The Silent Years” available on CD “The Beloved Rogue And other Scores… Read More »Episode 51 show notes: The Silent Film Music Podcast
In this episode: Ben accompanies a bunch of shows of silent serials during June, and talks about the musical challenges of accompanying serials and in scoring an entire program of them; Kerr and Ben continue their conversation about Ernie Kovacs’s… Read More »ep. 50: Serial Queens, Kovacs Music Videos, and the Charming Raymond Griffith
Episode 50 Show Notes: Serial Queens, Kovacs Music Videos, and the Charming Raymond Griffith Live shows continue Women And The Silent Screen Conference XI at MOMA and at Columbia University June 2022 Few complete pre-1917 serials survive with all chapters… Read More »Episode 50 show notes: The Silent Film Music Podcast
In this episode: Ben plays with holding back musically to help an audience of art deco fans connect with Valentino and Nazimova during a show of “Camille” (1921); he and Kerr Lockhart dig in to details about “Oriental Blues”, the… Read More »ep. 49: Rudolph Valentino, Ernie Kovacs, Buster Keaton, and the Craft of Supporting Subtleties
Episode 49 Show Notes: Rudolph Valentino, Ernie Kovacs, Buster Keaton, and the Craft of Supporting Subtleties Summer exhibitions of silent films with Ben accompanying are picking up Camille starring Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino at AFI Silver co-sponsored by the… Read More »Episode 49 show notes: The Silent Film Music Podcast
From Tom Mix’s entry into motion pictures in 1910 for the Selig Company and his quick rise to starring roles, then into feature-length in 1918 for the rest of the silent era, he was never off the silver screen. Movie… Read More »Tom Mix: From Ubiquitous to (Somewhat) Unknown