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Episode 54 show notes: The Silent Film Music Podcast

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Episode 54 Show Notes: Playing Different Theatre/Pipe Organs

Responding and adapting to the onsite organs at performances of silent film

Our Hospitality at the Great Auditorium of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association

Robert Hope Jones designed organ

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Under Two Flags at the Everett Theatre in Middletown, Delaware

Everett Theatre as seen in Dead Poet’s Society

Baldwin Cinema II electronic theatre organ

Zoom H2N recorder

Excellent audience reaction to an unfamiliar film – feeling the audience engagement in the room

“Facing the Music: a Broadway Memoir” by David Loud is available on Amazon and many other outlets.

Being entertained by 100 year old films 

The universality of the characters and situations and the way silent film emphasizes the universality over the specifics, means that silent film continues to speak to audiences

Shoes directed by Lois Weber at Ursinus College in Bomberger Auditorium

Ben coupled with “Her Lucky Day” starring Alice Howell, as another story of a working woman struggling to make ends meet

Weber’s use of detail and subtle performance to convey the interior state of the character without extensive titles

Question – How do you remember leitmotivs for a feature film?

Use of intervals and construction of a memorable melody as practiced by Lee Erwin

Use of the rhythm of words (character name, film’s name, etc.) as a basis of a melody (“Thomas Edison, yeah, he’s a real smart guy”) From The Crowd: “There’s Everything Nice About You

The danger of leitmotivs is their ability to call attention to the score.

Wrap-up and goodbye

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