Brute Heart “Prophecy”

19 Feb 2013 — Trey Reis

Nearly 100 years ago, the German Expressionist silent horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, was released. The film helped lay the groundwork for the jagged, abstract angles that came to define the German Expressionism style within the realm of filmmaking. In 2012, the Walker Art Center commissioned Minneapolis noisemakers, Brute Heart, to soundtrack the entirety of the film, which until now was given the same generic, orchestral soundtrack treatment to be played over the film while viewing it.

This Brute Heart treatment is a much more fitting representation of the dark, disconcerting nature of the film. Building up from minimal string, keyboard, and vocal arrangements, the band’s empty take on the film’s eerie investigation more properly fits the pace of the plot, without sacrificing any of the dramatic effect.

You can listen to an excerpt from the soundtrack, "Prophecy", below, but you should really pick up the entire soundtrack from Moon Glyph and view the film as it has never been seen before.