Steven Severin tentatively announces more music for silent movies!

severinFollowing on from last year’s music for silent movies (see here and here), Steve Severin recently announced on his Facebook page:

First steps on a 10 show jaunt of the UK during May. Presenting The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.  Wish list:- Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Dundee, Manchester, Liverpool & Leeds. Nothing for Southern softies.

Film “Visions of Ecstacy”, with music by Steve Severin, originally banned for blasphemy is to be released after two decades

The 1989 production Visions of Ecstasy was considered so shocking that the Government even fought a successful battle at the European Court of Human Rights to uphold the ban.

But the film is now to be released in its original, uncut form after the British Board of Film Classification overturned its original decision. DVDs of the film will go on sale tomorrow, at the start of Holy Week.

The low-budget, arthouse production is about St Teresa of Avila, a sixteenth century Spanish nun and mystic who had visions of Christ, which lasted almost uninterrupted for two years. The 18-minute film is an interpretation of these visions and includes sexual scenes involving St Teresa and another woman, who represents her psyche. These are intercut with shots of the nun lying on Christ, who is still nailed to the Cross, and caressing him. The film was inspired by St Teresa in Ecstasy, the statue by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the seventeenth century baroque sculptor, which is located in Rome.

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Steven Severin’s “Music for Silents” concludes with Vampyr

I wasn’t aware of this.  Steve Severin is about to complete his trilogy of soundtracks for silent movies with a  contemporary live score for Vampyr, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 study in parasitic possession!  This sounds great – “Severin’s use of brooding synth shards that ooze in and out provides a delicious counterpoint to Dreyer’s consciously over-egged visual signifiers”.

In January 2003, Steven Severin received an email that redefined his post-Siouxsie and the Banshees creative direction, and lead him to pursue a solo career writing film and television soundtracks. For twenty years, from 1976 to 1996, Severin had played bass in the band which he and Sioux co-founded, and for which they co-wrote the songs. In 2002, they reformed for The Seven Year Itch tour which, Severin says, “went terribly wrong” and was “ill fated and turbulent”. In October of 2002, Severin had married Arban Orneleas, a Texan born multimedia artist, and in the aftermath of the tour, with Arban pregnant with their son Cage, the two “took time out” over Christmas, whilst Severin considered what he wanted to do next. The email resolved his deliberations with a request for him to provide the soundtrack to a British, independent, supernatural thriller, London Voodoo. “I did the whole the score,” he says, “and really loved it, and realised that’s what I wanted to do”.

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