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11
May

BEST SCORE

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In Pursuit of Silence is awarded Best Score at the 2016 Scruffy City Film and Music Festival in Knoxville. The film also takes home Best Sound Design by Steve Bissinger (House of Cards, Transformers, Cloverfield). The soundtrack is now available for pre-order: a double album featuring the original score plus 10 recordings of silent spaces captured around the world during the making of the film.

22
Mar

Huffington Post Review

A glowing review from the Huffington Post of In Pursuit of Silence, with a nod to the composer:

“…even a film about silence has a soundtrack, which if handled poorly could really seem jarring or intrusive. Thankfully, composer Alex Lu’s gentle and understated music provides a graceful counterpoint to the ambient sounds throughout.”

Read the full review here.

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Rehearsing a selection from the score for the premiere at SXSW 2016. Featuring musicians: Will Taylor, Charith Premawardhana, Jason Elinoff, Liz Lee, and Alex Lu.

08
Mar

In Pursuit of Silence @ SXSW

Featuring a special live performance from the score, followed by John Cage’s 4’33”. March 12, 5pm.

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12
Nov

In Pursuit of Silence – Premiere at CPH:DOX

IPOS Premiere

In Pursuit of Silence – a new documentary by Patrick Shen about our relationship with silence, sound, and the impact of noise – premieres at CPH:DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival). As an ode to the American maverick-composer, John Cage, who is a prominent figure in the film, the score heavily features my take on the prepared piano. Unique sounds were meticulously crafted by placing objects between and over the piano strings: rubber earplugs, chopsticks, foam brushes, metal wires, sponges, felt, screws, pvc pipes, ebows, guitar slides, wooden dowels, various whachamacallits, and my favorite sound from the project: an electric toothbrush vibrating against the strings! The film is bound to make its journey around the world this coming year, so be on the lookout. An album of the score is also in the works. Stay tuned!