Friday, March 3, 2006

Toy Pianist Turns Kids Into Silent Film Composers

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A librarian in San Diego is helping revive interest in silent films by letting the audience make all the noise.

Scott Paulson is the leader of the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra for Films, an ad-hoc musical group that lets the people watching the movie also provide the soundtrack.

Paulson, who plays the toy piano, hands out kazoos, bubble wrap, toy accordions, harps and whistles to the theatergoers and assigns each of them a character in the movie.

For instance, the coconut shells might depict the horse while a harp represents the ballerina.

It sounds new but Paulson figures it’s similar to how the original silent movies were presented in small town theaters who used a trio of musicians instead of a full orchestras like the big city movie palaces.

The next concert happens Sunday (Mar. 5) in San Diego and while it was designed to interest kids in playing music, Paulson says “it’s the adults who keep coming back.”

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