900RPM performs a contemporary score for the 100 year-old film “Der Golem, Wie er in die Welt kam” (Silent film, duration: 01:41:23. Released: 1920).
This score matches the longer, unrestored version of the film. You can find a public domain copy at: archive.org/details/TheGolem_893
900RPM is an experimental drone noise band from Berlin. Active since 2014, founding members Mark and David started out by creating sounds with washing machines. After retrieving an old Bauknecht from the basement, and mic-ing it up with contact microphones, they were on their way.
Two demo releases later, 900RPM started building their own musical
instruments, with the goal to create experimental soundtracks.
The movie “Der Golem, Wie er in die Welt kam” was an obvious choice. Its experimental expressionist architecture and style meshes naturally with
the band’s own sound. The movie was filmed in the band’s hometown Berlin, and its centennial anniversary is in the same year as the current soundtrack release. These historical parentheses invite reflection on the century between both works — 900RPM will keep on making noise for as long as possible.
Review from Frans de Waard @ Vital Weekly
"The instruments used are called 'ondulator, drone string, percussion, samples, vocals' played by the three members of the group and it works great with the moving images. They keep it loosely connected to the movie, keeping a firm, fixed blocks of sound for a while, which moves fine with the slow-moving images of the story. This is a lengthy cassette, clocking in at over 100 minutes. The download, as said, allows you to see and hear it uninterrupted. The music has that fine haunting quality that the images also have. By itself the impact of the music would not have been as great I think. That is something to keep in mind! The link to the movie is mentioned on the cover, so no one has to be without moving images here! Great release"
Vital Weekly 1224
released February 22, 2020
Composed and performed by 900RPM.
Mixed and mastered by Sion Orgon.
Cover artwork and sleeve design by Mark Lindhout.
Photos “String” and “Module” by Johannes Schiffelholz.
Photo “Altar” by Ozan Türbedaroglu.
900RPM thanks Taras Opanasiuk and Sion Orgon.
© Sublime Retreat, Wrocław, 2020.