Silent Film Concert Series' Composer Contest

Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert Series at Discovery Green

Classic silent films get a new twist at the Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert Series at Discovery Green. For the last four years, Houston Public Media and Discovery Green have partnered to provide Houstonians an opportunity to experience silent films in a whole new way, with Texas musicians and composers performing original scores live to accompany the films. The free-to-the-public arts series encourages appreciation for the art of early film making and new original music. It also supports Houston Public Media’s and Discovery Green’s shared goal of making performance art accessible to the community.

This year, the series presents four free movie-and-concert events at Discovery Green, downtown Houston’s premiere urban park. Each event attracts an estimated 1,000 attendees, including families and young professionals.  

 

HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA COMPOSER CONTEST

Like silent films, music has the ability to express a vision, emotion or depict an action without words. Now, Houston Public Media and Discovery Green invite Houston-area composers to reinterpret classic silent films for a new audience through the Houston Public Media Composer Contest.

The Contest is an open call to Houston area musicians to submit their original composition synced to silent film movie clips. The judges will choose one winning score for each film. Winners will receive a $1,500 cash prize, a studio recording of their work and the opportunity to perform their original works live Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert Series at Discovery Green. A small musician stipend will be paid to the ensemble performers.

The competition will feature two different 30-minute films. Entrants are asked to choose one of the films for their submission.  ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON.  Participants will be presented with two short clips from each film. After downloading their preferred clip, they are required to sync the original score to the clip as part of their submission. Winners will be required to submit a full-length score for the entire film, which must incorporate the short segment used in their submission. Winners must assemble and rehearse their ensemble, and guarantee a live performance at the event.

 

THE FILMS

The two available films are Buster Keaton's 1921 comedy The Boat, and Charlie Chaplin's 1916 short The Rink.

The Boat

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The Rink

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IMPORTANT DATES

  • June 9, 2014 - Competition opens
  • September 8, 2014 - Winners announced
  • November 3, 2014 - Full scores and mock-up due
  • November 12 /13, 2014 - Recording session at Houston Public Media
  • November 14, 2014 – Sound check at Discovery Green
  • November 14, 2014 – Live performance at Discovery Green

 

ABOUT HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA AND DISCOVERY GREEN

Houston Public Media is comprised of TV 8, News 88.7 and Classical 91.7. With a combined weekly audience of more than 1.5 million, Houston Public Media is committed to delivering content that goes beyond the ordinary in the focus areas of news and information, arts and culture, and education. A community service of the University of Houston, Houston Public Media is supported by financial gifts from its members and the community through Houston Public Media Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3). Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/houstonpublicmedia and Twitter at twitter.com/HoustonPubMedia.

Discovery Green is a 12-acre park created by a public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the non-profit Discovery Green Conservancy. Since the park opened in April 2008, it has welcomed more than 6 million visitors and hosted more than 2,000 public and private events. The Discovery Green Conservancy works with hundreds of programming partners to present three dynamic programming seasons each year most of which are FREE and open to the public. As a non-profit organization, the Conservancy raises all the funds needed for the programming that Houstonians enjoy.

 

Category: arts & culture | Sub Category: music