Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
Skull Tower 4E
Skull Tower 4 E’s Nosferatu is a sound-based performance project created in response to the silent film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. A German expressionist film released in 1922, it is now part of the public domain. Innovative and controversial upon its release, it is still admired for its visual artistry and haunting ideas. The original score was performed live by an orchestra at the film’s premiere. However, most of the score has been lost. Because of this, throughout the history of Nosferatu screenings, there is no official soundtrack. Over the last one hundred years many composers and musicians have written or improvised their own soundtrack to accompany the film. Building on a history of incongruous scores, the collaborating artist duo Skull Tower compose a score that embraces dark ambiance and the language of experimental noise music. They create atmospheric passageways of sound to guide viewers through this film’s environs and the ominous roads that lead to Nosferatu’s castle.
About the Artists
Skull Tower 4 E is an experimental sound project developed by collaborating visual artists John O’Donnell and Peter Fulop. Their approach is gestural and guided by spontaneous composition in response to the visuals of silent film. Using violin, guitar, circuit-bent synthesizers and analogue tape loops they find blends of melody and texture to develop soundscapes populated by glitches.
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Peter Fulop is a multidisciplinary artist, musician and curator. Fulop’s work has been shown and is included in many public collections, in museums and major galleries across the world.
John O’Donnell is a new media artist addresses artifice, awkward transitions, humor, gender and media representation through video, installation and performance. John is an Associate Professor of Printmaking at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.