Gabsson Perry´s tribulation : a cultural recycling method

Gabsson Perry´s tribulation : a cultural recycling method

A whole set of video has been released on Gabsson Perry´s You tube´s account :

The idea behind this musical project is to provide a simple yet significant way to put video and music together. Without having access to proper video content production, it is possible to use content being fallen in the common rights. The idea to use “free samples” is financially interesting but it is also an opportunity to recycle different kinds of media which lies in our culture stock if I may put it this way. Old medium may be judged as out of date, not entertaining, even dull. But with a closer look, we find out that most of the masterpiece are lying in the past. Not that we became unable to produce such but simply because the past is long and the present is just a glimpse.

Those are the 6 first episode of the tribulations

A mid summer Dream, 

Never again,   

Wake up,

Autumn Leaves,

Long ago,  

The love of You


The materials have been first selected for their fantastic qualities. The début of the cinema production is strongly related to the fantastic theme.

This the case of the materials selected for this project :

Alice in wonderland (Alice in Wonderland (1903 film), silent film, directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, with May Clark as Alice, UK) This short film possesses a very particular charm, it´s an experiment in many ways and the result may seem strange but it has an aesthetic of its own and the damages of the film makes it more strong.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) is a 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer.
The expressive power of this mute film is amazing, many music reinterpretation of this score have been made. The fantastic and anguished atmosphere that characterize this film will remain a source of inspiration for many musician and composers.

Betty Boop  animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer, with help from animators including Grim Natwick. She originally appeared in the Talkartoon and Betty Boop film series, which were produced by Fleischer Studios and released by Paramount Pictures. Once again, the creativity level of the Betty Boop´s cartoon are really impressive. Every object of the décor seems to be alive and personified. There is a funny and delighting atmosphere which is also strongly related to Jazz and give thus a sympathetic and natural swing.

The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) is a silent film made by L. Frank Baum‘s The Oz Film Manufacturing Company.  This is a light and cheerful movie which as Betty Boop give a positive and relaxed tone to the composition.

The Golem: How He Came Into the World (original German title: Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam) is a 1920 silent horror film by Paul Wegener. It was directed by Carl Boese and Wegener, written by Wegener and Henrik Galeen, and starred Wegener as the golem. This film possesses as well a very fine aesthetic that refers to the old Hebraic fantastic stories.

Salomé (1923), a silent film directed by Charles Bryant and starring Alla Nazimova, is a film adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play of the same name. The film is now perceived as a landmark of artistic cinema with its spectacle of striking visual images.
I hope that some of you will be able to enjoy the view of some of the tribulations or as well to put an eye on the original works used and listed there.

Have fun.


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