Students Provide Soundtrack to

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Students Provide Soundtrack to "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"

Students from the Music and Performing Arts Professions department performed at a special presentation of the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a German horror movie from 1920.

Members of BoxVox, the White Box Arts Center’s house band that is comprised of NYU students as well as a number of professional musicians, provided a live improvised soundtrack alongside the original organ soundtrack that faded in and out during their improvisations. Wearing black eye masks befitting the event, BoxVox musicians slowly walked through the audience several times during the screening of Caligari, a powerful and slightly disturbing effect.

Dinner and a (Not So) Silent Movie is a monthly event at White Box. It was organized by professor Matt Sullivan, Director of Double Reed Studies in the Program of Woodwind Studies. He has previously collaborated with White Box for  A Tribute to John Cage, The Resonance of Space, and Other Realms - Quintet of the Americas/ Timbal - Music from Zimbabwe and the Americas, and has included NYU students each time.