After last years successful re-scoring of the Dutch, slasher classic movie ‘Amsterdamned‘, Paradiso have once again asked us to take part in Rocket Cinema!
This year we will be re-scoring and editing George Romero’s 1968, groundbreaking classic ‘The Night of the Living Dead’. This is possibly the first EVER zombie movie and we’re throwing out the old “traditional Horror’ soundtrack and replacing it with a ‘Sixties-Garage-Psychedelic-Rock‘ score (If only they’d done that in the first place, eh??).
It takes place, suitably, on Friday 31st October (Halloween) and is located in the fantastic new Paradiso venue on the north side of the IJ: Tolhuistuin. The film starts at 2030 and directly afterwards (at 2200) the afterparty starts! This is ‘The Halloween Hairball’ and is , of course, STRICTLY FANCY DRESS so come in your best monster/ zombie outfit! All the details can be found on the flyer and check out our trailer for ‘The Night of the Living Dead‘!
What a weekend! The Friday gig at Shangri-la Heaven was immense! One of the fattest soundsystems we’ve ever played, with our visuals spread across a massive wall, and at least 2000 party people dancing their butts off! The next day at the ‘Greenpeace Heds take over’ at the Sonic stage we got to play after one of our inspirations, Matt Black from Coldcut (an honour to meet him indeed). On the Sunday we got to do the closing set at the insane ‘Rabbit Hole’ stage (girls in bunny ears were slapping my backside with carrot leaves whilst we playing and the crowd was going wild so we must have been doing the right thing, lol)
Amazing! Check out the photos of the Shangri-la heaven gig (big thanks to Vicky for taking them)
After a haitus (due to recent parenthood) we’re back working on loads of new material for our forthcoming gigs at Glastonbury!
We’ll be playing the ‘Heaven’ stage at ‘Shangri-la’ on the Friday night (Midnight ’til 2am).
We’ll be doing the ‘Greenpeace Heds Disco’ on Saturday night from 430 ’til 530am.
And to finish we’re headlining ‘The Rabbit Hole’ on the Sunday night from 4am ’til 5am……who needs sleep at the greatest festival in the world???? :p
Last year we re-edited and re-scored our own version of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for the ‘Rocket Cinema Festival’. It was shown as part of Amsterdam’s ‘Museum Night’ in the large ‘Old Church’ in the middle of the ‘red light district’.
Two weeks ago, ‘Rocket Cinema’ had a 3 day festival with an ‘open-air’ cinema on the grounds next to Paradiso on Leidseplein, Amsterdam. Our version of ‘Amsterdamned’ was the head billing on the Saturday night. It was also shown three nights in a row on a sold-out canal boat cruise, adding to the atmosphere of the ‘underwater horror’ film. Check the footage made on the boat:
We went for a ‘motorik’, ‘Krautrock’ theme using tunes from the likes of ‘Can’, ‘The Horrors’, Lower Dems’, ‘Thee Oh Sees’, Queens of the Stone Age’ and so on
Here’s some shots of the audience and cinema (which was done using head-phones so as not to disturb the neighbours!)
Hot weather, fun and audio/visual frolics were had!
Our August set in the main-room of Razzmatazz (Barcelona) was rocking! The third year in a row proved that this is the ‘place-to-be’ for audio/visual mash-up purveyors! We took it on a more Rock/Electro journey than the previous months ‘House/Tech-House’ sound in Amsterdam’s music temple: Paradiso. Truly an inspirational club, city and vibe!
Great night, appreciative crowd and big thanks to Matt Sinclair for contacting us with this footage:
A great week was had in the cultural and vibrant city of Milan. The public reaction was great and it was nice to see people really interacting with the visuals:
International beer brand Heineken® have invited The Smoke Eaters to perform a 4 night residency at “The Club of the Future” during Milan’s Design week 9-13th April .
The Magazzini, an exciting new collaborative space at this year’s Milan Design Week, provides emerging designers with a platform for exposure. Visitors to The Magazzini can expect to experience a showcase of design talent and educational workshops by day and a design-led party space at night curated and programmed by Heineken International’s music agency Massive Music. Each night features a live 1 hour audiovisual mash up mix by The Smoke Eaters.
A spectacular outdoor installation will be created by Matt W Moore who will also reveals his design for the new Heineken STR bottle.
Set-times should begin at 9pm each night so make sure not to miss it!
This is the opening scene from our 30 minute re-interpretation, and re-edit, of Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.
It was made for the 2012 edition of Amsterdam’s ‘Museum Night’ and screened in the beautiful Gothic setting of ‘De Oude Kerk’ (The Old Church) in the heart of the city.
The aim was to create a contemporary (shortened) version of the classic story using the different films available. The earliest dates back to 1923!
We hoped that, whilst viewing our re-edit in its entirety, the audience would forget the cutting between different films and be forced to re-examine the story in a different light.
All music and film used has been sampled. We saw this as ‘Pop Art’, redefining cinematic history in an alternative context.
We felt it would be insulting to the original film makers if we did not include all the versions that we could find. Therefore, we do not see this as copyright infringement, but as an artistic endeavour designed purely to entertain….
This ‘opening scene’ is completely soundtrack driven (later on the movie settles more into a narrative style, although still relying heavily on its soundtrack ).
This scene features: ‘Future Loop Foundation’ – “Sunshine Philosophy” (Rob Da Bank & Chris Coco remix)
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What a top party and a brilliant way to celebrate the coming of the New Year in one of Amsterdam’s premier venues, Paradiso! Check this film link to see the audience reaction: