Podcasts

The Silent Film Sound and Music Archive is proud to promote a series of podcasts with performers, scholars, and others involved with music for the silent cinema.

Episode 15 of Ben Model’s podcast is now available here. Ben talks about accompanying Mantrap, Duck Soup, and other films, playing at MoMA, in Norway, and at Mostly Lost 4 at the Library of Congress.

Ben Model’s newest podcast–Episode 14–is now available here. Catch up on his latest shows and  upcoming events, and hear clips from A Modern Musketeer, The Ten Commandments, and Poil de Carotte.

Episode 13 is up here! Ben Model talks about and plays music from Wrong Again, Hands Up!, and No Blood Relation, in addition to discussing playing for fifth graders, keeping character, and a list of upcoming shows.

Episode 12 is up here, with info about Ben Model’s recent shows, Cinefest, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and more!

Ben Model’s Silent Film Music podcast, episode 11, is now available for free here! Ben talks about pre-existing music vs. improvising, the movie The Patent Leather Kid, silent film director Dorothy Davenport, scoring films with recurring visual tropes, and playing for kids.

Episode 10 is up now for free here. In this episode, Ben Model concludes his interview with Harry Weiss; talks about playing at senior centers and for kids; and plays excerpts from “The Adventurer” and “Within Our Gates,” a film featuring an all-black cast and crew that was created as a response to the racism of The Birth of a Nation.

Episode 9, with music from live silent film accompaniment in Boise, Idaho and an interview with silent film accompanist Harry Weiss, is now available for free here.

Episode 8 is now available here for free. In this episode, Ben Model plays a piece from his show Everybody Gets Cake, and we get to hear a clip of Ben performing the piano accompaniment and narration for A Trip to the Moon.

Episode 7 of Ben Model’s “Silent Film Music” is now available on iTunes for free here. This episode includes music for Tinkerbell from Peter Pan, live accompaniment for Hitchcock’s Blackmail, news about Ben’s new show, Everybody Gets Cake, upcoming performances and more.

Our first podcast is Episode 6 of MOMA pianist Ben Model’s “Silent Film Music,” available on iTunes for free here. In this episode, Ben discusses and plays music for Mary Pickford’s My Best Girl, music by Arthur Kleiner, and a composition for a one-reel comedy by Model called “The Spice of the Program” performed by the Palisades VIrtuosi.

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