Celebrating the release of “Dirk Schaefer : Peter Tscherkassky, All the Soundtracks (2005–2021)” by purge.xxx, Sonic Cinema presents a masterclass with the German composer and sound designer Dirk Schaefer.
Dirk Schaefer lives and works in Berlin and Cologne as a composer of original soundtrack scores and soundscapes for film. He offers a ‘total concept’ of sound scoring, using music, speech and noise to compose ‘aesthetical units’ that lead and disturb their visual counterpart in equal measure.
The purge.xxx album of his complete collaborations with the Austrian experimental filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky is his debut record release. His most regular collaborations are with Peter Tscherkassky and Matthias Müller, with whom he has worked since 1985, as well as Claudia Schillinger, Davo Defurne, Michael Bynntrup, Antoni Pinent and others. Schaefer works in parallel as a writer, publishing a book on Friedrich Nietzsche and his sisters, as well as numerous articles on diverse topics: King Kong, Joseph Cornell, opening titles. He is a frequent lecturer in Germany and internationally on film and sound.
A screening of Dirk Schaefer & Peter Tscherkassky’s four collaborations follows this event on the same date at Café OTO, 7.30pm. Full details and booking here
Programmed by Oliver Dickens.
Sonic Cinema is dedicated to the memory of Louis Benassi.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, Sixpackfilm and purge.xxx.