[ardour-users] ardour + xJadeo used to score classic silent film
rswitzer at 721.com
Sun Jul 1 07:21:00 PDT 2007
The Chain Tape Collective announces the downloadable pre-release of
Caligari: An Exquisite Corpse.
The project includes some stunning music from 11 different
collective members, comprising two complete and brand new soundtracks
for the German Expressionist classic 'The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari'.
The film was scored using an Exquisite Corpse process. Each of
the 11 contributors scored an act of the film in isolation from all of
the others, with only the visual continuity of the film serving as a
Two of the 11 contributors used Ardour .99.3 and a very early xJadeo
running on FC4-CCRMA to score/sync their contributions. Ardour was also
used to construct rough audio masters for both the NTSC and PAL versions
of the project.
Musical styles range from early 20th-century chamber music to
electronica to out-jazz to lo-fi to noise.
Visually, the film has been restored to the six act structure of
the original scenario, tinted, and new inter-titles after the style of
the German originals have been added.
Restoration was completed using open source NLE Cinelerra-cvs, along
with The Gimp. Time code implementations in Ardour/xJadeo and Cinelerra
play nicely together, and appear to be mutually frame-accurate, at least
at 24 and 25 fps.
The DVD is in the final stages of mastering, and will be
available in limited quantities from project participants only, for
those who like some artifact with their art.
Anticipated DVD release date is September 1.
A downloadable DVD-quality version is available now from
archive.org. This version contains both soundtracks in a single file,
and requires either QuickTime Pro >= 7.1.x or vlc > .8.x.
Here's the link:
Windows media player users can download compatible versions
Choose the Cinepak option from the download section for best
Windows Media Player compatibility. There are two downloads, one
for each soundtrack.
Mac users with standard QuickTime or iTunes players have
Choose the QuickTime option from the download section for best
compatibility. There are two downloads, one for each soundtrack.
Don't bother with any of the archive.org streaming options --
they don't work very well! Right-click or option-click the links and
save to your local hard drive before viewing.
And, as always, any reviews submitted to archive.org will be
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