Wednesday, July 4, 2012

P. Emerson Williams - The Hands Of Orlac



This collection of ambient music was created for the love of it and the film uploaded to youtube. Over the last  couple months, repeated requests for the music came in on a regular basis. We are happy to comply and here it is, along with the film itself. The flac option combined with the video is a massive download, but we highly recommend you grab the lossless version.
This atmospheric silent masterpiece was a recent discovery. I was so inspired by this film visually that I set out to compose a score for it the moment I had finished watching it for the first time.
The full dynamic range of these compositions has been kept, making the mixes appropriate for vinyl, though when a nearly two-hour set of my music might be released, I can't say. I do encourage you take advantage of the flac option, though, as this is the closest to a pristine vinyl record a digital file can sound.
Made with love for this film, love for the silent classics and love for the music.
-P. Emerson Williams 2012 

Download includes an iPod-ready mp4 of the film.



The Hands of Orlac (1924)




Directed by the great Robert Wiene (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari).

A concert pianist, Paul Orlac (Conrad Veidt), loses his hands in a railway accident. Replacement hands are transplanted onto him in an experimental procedure, but the hands are those of a recently-executed murderer. From that point forward, the pianist is tortured by panic attacks and irrational fears. He believes that with the hands of the murderer he has also gained the murderer's predisposition to killing. Strange signs and bizarre threatening letters reinforce these fears. When his father is killed, with whom he was on bad terms, the pianist is suspected of the murder. He only finds peace by clearing up the plot.

Conrad Veidt as Paul Orlac
Alexandra Sorina as Yvonne Orlac
Fritz Kortner as Nera
Carmen Cartellieri as Regine
Fritz Strassny as Paul's father
Paul Askonas as Servant
credits
released 03 July 2012
All sounds composed and performed by P. Emerson Williams
Recorded at Abulafia Studio 2012

These tracks are raw and spontaneous, at no point was mastering given the slightest thought.
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