LOT IN SODOM (James Sibley Watson + Melville Webber; 1933)
HALITE (STYLUS/Leppin/Poplin; 2011) : Performance for cello, turntables + prepared vinyl recordings
STYLUS : Anthony Pirog; Chester Hawkins; Jeff Bagato; Matt Boettke; Andrew McCarry; Layne Garrett; Keith Sinzinger; Gary Rouzer; + JS Adams, artistic director
Janel Leppin : cello + effects; bass guitar
Doug Poplin : cello + effects
H. Paul Moon/Zen Violence Films : support and technical assistance
Recorded live at the AFI Silver Theatre + Cultural Center on 14 September 2011 at the opening night of the Sonic Circuits Festival
PROGRAM NOTES: Our soundtrack for Lot in Sodom features cellists Doug Poplin (Bach Sinfonia; BLK w/BEAR) and ensemble member Janel Leppin. Conceptualized as a willfully ambiguous interpretation of composer Louis Siegel’s original score and instrumentation as well as based upon the “diminishing numerations” found between the Biblical tale and this film version, our soundtrack developed to unknowingly contain references to the concept of automatism as championed by the Surrealists. In the Book of Genesis, a diminishing number of “good men” must be found in order to avert the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Diminishing numerations also refer to the film’s solitary destroying angel and the one daughter whom Lot offers to the enraged crowd, whereas the Biblical tale reads that two angels were sent to destroy the cities and Lot had two daughters. In our research, we discovered that Siegel drafted students from the Eastman School of Music to perform his score. One of those students was the young Mitchell (Sing Along with Mitch) Miller, who later went on to perform in a 1947 recording of Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Without prior knowledge of the trivia, that recording had been purchased for our use and has subsequently informed our choice of inscription (HCTIMILLER) for all of the Classical 78s used.
TECHNICAL NOTES: The public domain source was de-interlaced from an intermediate master, upscaled and interpolated to high definition, and processed with luminance and noise corrections for this remastered version.
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