As much as I love silent movies, I found it very difficult to choose a movie to write about for this Roundtable. So I decided to do something a little different. My plan, in spite of my busy schedule, was to write and edit the musical score for an entire 86-minute silent film… in a month.

This was a stupid, stupid plan. As soon as I announced it (as I should have foreseen), my normal workload tripled, and my computer came up with all sorts of excuses why it shouldn’t do what I wanted it to do. So here I am at the end of August, and all I have to show for my labor is 15 minutes or so of new music for:

The Bat (1926).

Even though it’s drastically incomplete… even though my test audience thought it sucked… even though I’ve blown out my website’s monthly bandwidth allowance testing it… I’m posting it anyway. What’s more, I’m going to keep working on it until it’s done.



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