Seeing with sound

February 2, 2012

Today, I was asked to introduce a film screening at Cornell Cinema of Wong Kar-wai’s 1994 classic Chungking Express, which begins a five-film series featuring the music of Michael Galasso, one of my favorite film composers. I have been intimately acquainted with Galasso’s music since I first heard his album Scenes. Released on ECM in 1983, the album evokes its title with uncomplicated attention. As both a film and theatre composer (Galasso worked extensively with Robert Wilson), his work has always been intimately connected to the body and its relationship to other bodies in nature and artifice alike. Being so scenically inclined, his music opened me to the possibilities of images as sonic worlds in and of themselves, and taught me that cinema is not only an art form to be seen with the eyes, but also with the ears. -Tyran

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