“La Cinémathèque Française in Paris commissioned me to write and perform the score at the presentation of the restored version of Nosferatu. I was a bit overwhelmed by its success. It was sold out! I wasn’t going to repeat it. But people kept asking…” – explains Jozef van Wissem, speaking about the series of events that led to the recording of his newest LP – “Nosferatu. The Call Of The Deathbird“.
Jozef comments: “In the beginning, the soundtrack was more improvised and reactive to the images, but after a few times, the audience kind of showed me the way.” Van Wissem describes this experience as one of the most unusual in the composer’s discography. Preferring to score the music before seeing the film, Jozef is attracted by how his creation integrates into the structure of a movie. In a minimalistic way. Using only particular sounds and textural elements that speak to you like good prose: “I have the same with literary work,” – agrees Jozef: “For example, the writing of Bukowski. Very to the point, short sentences, but a lot of information in a few words“.
While the specifies of working on a horror film had given a different feel to van Wissem: “I think that music in horror films gives the composer more freedom to experiment than in any other genre. It seems more open. Experimental sound in film nowadays is something producers are afraid of. Experiment is the lifeblood of music“.
“I found an old 7-inch single with recordings of extinct birds in a market in Rotterdam,” – explains the composer, speaking about the connection with “The Call of The Deathbird.” Enhancing the sounds of birds singing, van Wissem combined them with the Baroque lute play and suspense-type-of-bass pattern. Manipulating the electric guitar sounds in an alternate tuning, Jozef van Wissem manages to create the feeling of fear, something equal to what the victims of Count Orlok have experienced.
“Nosferatu. The Call Of The Deathbird” is out now via Incunabulum Records. Order the album here.
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