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Scoring "The Electric Leg" 100 Years Later

  • Author(s): Chou, Sally
  • Advisor(s): Chihara, Paul S
  • et al.
Abstract

The musical score to British film director Percy Stow's "The Electric Leg," a 1912 black and white silent film that was restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archives, is an original music composition created 100 years after the film's release using modern scoring techniques, featuring a combination of music software, electronics, and computers with a recording of live musicians. The process of creating the score involved dramatic analysis, strategic design given specific technical and budgetary constraints, composition of thematic material, creation of digital realizations or "mockups", a scoring session with the live musicians conducted in sync with the picture, and mixing the resultant recording to blend seamlessly with virtual instruments.

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