Wed 17 November 2021,
National Taichung Theater
Creation
Cinema

Metropolis Rebooted / Fritz Lang

For the restored version of the film Metropolis, the Argentinian composer Martin Matalon wrote an original score in 1995, initially intended for sixteen musicians and electronics;  this exceptional film-concert inaugurates the orchestral version. Based on the rhythm of the film' narrative, Matalon's work becomes, thanks to the spatialization effects of electronics, a true musical double of Fritz Lang's visual poem. Echoes of jazz and non-European music, acoustic and refracted sounds merge to renew in depth the characterization of situations and characters, generating new hypotheses and contributing to the rich history of the interpretation of Metropolis.

National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (NTSO)
Yeh Cheng-Te
conductor 
Thomas Goepfer IRCAM computer music design

Film by Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927 — new version restaured in 2010
Music by Martin Mataloncommissioned by the Orchestre de Paris and the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne  Premiere of the orchestral version 2021

Production Philharmonie de Paris | In partnership with IRCAM-Centre Pompidou | With the permission of the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau foundation, Wiesbaden
  • Martin Matalon  © Nicolas Botti
    Martin Matalon © Nicolas Botti
  • Metropolis  © Fritz Lang / Fondation Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
    Metropolis © Fritz Lang / Fondation Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
  • Metropolis  © Fritz Lang / Fondation Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
    Metropolis © Fritz Lang / Fondation Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau