Wunder Der Schöpfung (The Wonder Of Creation) (1925) Silent ﬁlm with live musical score by Herschel 36
This extraordinary silent ﬁlm is a unique document of human knowledge about the world and the universe in the 1920s. Fifteen special effects experts and nine cameramen were involved in the production, with beautifully tinted and toned images that combine documentary scenes, historical documents, ﬁctional elements, animation and educational impact.
Stuart Brown (drums/electronics) and Paul Harrison (keyboards/electronics) are both Glasgow based composers and improvisers who draw on collaborations and inﬂuences that cover everything from jazz, electronica and classical to folk and world music. As Herschel 36 they create dark, improvised electronic soundscapes underpinned with driving live drumming, strong synth themes and intense musical interaction.
The group was commissioned by Hippodrome festival of Silent Cinema in 2016 to create a new score for this unique 92 minute ﬁlm, and it toured the UK to glowing press reaction including performances at Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre and Cambridge Film Festival.
“Their score was one of the best musical accompaniments I’ve heard. Their supremely conﬁdent but loose score ﬁtted the ﬁlm beautifully, helping to create the right sense of scale and forward motion.” BFI Sight and Sound magazine
“Just stunning… And the electronic score by duo Herschel 36 was superb.” Silent Film Calendar
“Thrilling. A bold but beautifully judged reappraisal of a ground-breaking movie.” The Scotsman ★★★★★