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Darkside's Dave Harrington live scores The Birds, makes us film music mix

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Christopher Tarantino

Dave Harrington, of Darkside fame, likes films. And with tonight's performance at Cameo Gallery, he sets out on the near-impossible task of soundtracking one of the greats, live and without a net. Using samplers as well as their instruments, Mr. Harrington and his eponymous group will create a live, improvised score to The Birds—the only film in which Hitchcock did not employ a conventional score—as it screens behind them. Here, he assembles a cinematic mix for us.

"The Birds is a surprisingly experimental film that people know really well. Because the film has no conventional soundtrack, we realized we could easily use the audio as a kind of field recording and sample and manipulate it live while we are improvising.  We don't know what is going to happen but we know that it will happen. To mark this audio-visual experiment I've put together a mix of my favorite music from various films; music that really speaks to me.  In some cases these are my favorite composers or performers, in some cases my favorite films, but they are all deeply influential and important to me.  As the great master of suspense once said, ideas come from everything." -Dave Harrington

David Lynch - In Heaven (Eraserhead)
Neil Young - Guitar Solo No. 1 (Dead Man)
Bernard Hermann - The Nightmare and Dream (Vertigo)
Geoff Muldaur - Brazil (Brazil)
David Torn - Dusk and Dawn (The Order)
Daniel Lanois - Blue Waltz (Sling Blade)
Lalo Schiffrin - Bullitt Main Title (Bullitt)
John Zorn - Protocols of Zion - Protocols of Zion
Naozumi Yamamoto - Branded To Kill Theme (Branded To Kill)
Thomas Bangalter - Night Beats (Irreversible)
John Carpenter - Main Title (Escape From New York)
Goblin - Susipria (Suspiria)
Howard Shore & Ornette Coleman - Interzone Suite (Naked Lunch)
Bobby Vinton - Blue Velvet (Blue Velvet)
Piero Piccioni - Easy Dreamer (Colporovente)
Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street (Jackie Brown)
Ennio Morricone - Il Grande Massacro (Once Upon a Time In The West)
Lalo Schiffrin - Main Title (Dirty Harry)
Sonny Rollins - Alfie’s Theme Differently (Alfie)
Carly Simon - Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me)

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