Avant-garde musician Tom Peters will provide the musical accompaniment to a screening of the 1922 silent horror film “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” Saturday at The Tower Theatre.
The unauthorized big screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” — featuring the bald, spidery vampire played by Max Schreck — is a digital edition mastered from the 2007 restoration.
“Even after 92 years, ‘Nosferatu’ delivers chills like few other films,” Peters says. “It’s the perfect Halloween treat.”
Peters, a 2014 Grammy nominee in the chamber music/small ensemble category for “Cage: The 10,000 Things,” performs an original electronic score. His instrument of choice is an EU6 Bass that features two more strings than a regular bass. This allows Peters to play a wider range of music.
His performance is run through a computer that processes his playing while mixing it with pre-recorded elements. Although there is a written score, Peters does change up some of the elements with each performance.
Interest in creating contemporary musical scores for classic silent films is a blend of his own passion for avant-garde music and the influence of “a family of film buffs.” He’s fascinated by the look of silent films because the visuals are so important.
Peters has been creating contemporary musical soundtracks for silent movies since 2008, including “The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari,” “The Passion of Joan of Arc” and “Pandora’s Box.”
His score to John Ford’s “The Iron Horse” will premiere in March 2015 at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles.