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Posted by Haley Stearns at 10:53PM
The Cloud Chamber Orchestra

Blog post by Haley Stearns, Still Photography '15, FLEFF Blogger, Buffalo, New York

As a first year student attending Ithaca College, I originally studied film. As a film student, I had the pleasure of watching Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film, Battleship Potemkin three times prior to viewing it at Cinemapolis on Saturday, April 5th.

While I can say I have had positive viewing experiences of this timeless film prior to FLEFF week, I can also say that I have never experienced it in such a moving and attention-capturing way as I did listening to it with a live score performed by the Cloud Chamber Orchestra.

My first experience listening to the Cloud Chamber Orchestra occurred during a screening of Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life on the Cornell campus earlier in the year. Robby Aceto, Chris White, and Peter Dodge performed a live score to that silent film as well, and I immediately fell in love with the way their music complimented the film in a free flowing manner.

The same can be said for the way the CCO gracefully and powerfully accompanied Battleship Potemkin on Saturday night. During the film and throughout their performance, I found myself closing my eyes for moments at a time in order to savor the images before my eyes while taking in the beautiful sounds coming from the instruments and musicians before me.

Not only did I feel more attentive to Battleship Potemkin than I ever have before, but I also felt very connected to the other audience members, the musicians, and the goings on in the film. Hearing a live score to a silent film has the power to bring intense focus, energy, and involvement to a film and an audience.

It was an intense pleasure as well as a surreal experience to view Battleship Potemkin while listening to the live and beautiful sounds of the Cloud Chamber Orchestra .

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