Halloween at the Rio with New Music Works

October 24, 2013

The Rio Theater is hosting a big “indoor block party” this Saturday in celebration of Halloween.

Phil Collins (no, not that Phil Collins) of New Music Works has composed a score for the 12-minute 1910 silent Frankenstein film produced by Thomas Edison.

Collins sat down recently with the Santa Cruz Weekly to discuss his new composition.

“Edison made over 90 films,” Collins pointed out over coffee at Lulu’s Octagon. “They were all around 15 minutes long. But this one is unusual. It is film in its truly embryonic stage.” 

The technologically rustic miniature—missing three of its original 15 minutes—proved to be a unique challenge. Unlike Collins’ celebrated score for Lang’s almost two-hour dystopic spectacle, with its malevolent industrial machinery and looming skyscrapers, Frankenstein required a more intimate musical palate. Originally, Collins started composing for a 10-11 piece ensemble, but eventually he “scaled back the instrumentation, so that Edison can be the dominant feature.”

New Music Works‘ “Come As You Aren’t” Halloween party will also feature a costume contest, video clips, and plenty of other music. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door for adults.

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