This Kong is no Donkey

Next Tuesday Re# presents the original 1933 King Kong screened outdoors with a choice of soundtracks broadcast simultaneously on FM, as part of the Chapel Allerton Festival. The alternate soundtrack was created by Rob Da Bank and, as you’d expect, it’s wildy eclectic and perfectly pitched, check out the (almost) full track listing below. I’ve posted an excerpt on Youtube which uses ‘Train’ by Goldfrapp to soundtrack Kongs destructive rage as he searches New York for his beau Ann Darrow.

For this rescore Rob has dropped all the audio, including dialogue, recreating the atmosphere entirely through music. This is pure rescoring, and a very immersive approach once you get into it. But you can of course listen to the original soundtrack and dialogue simply by tuning to a different frequency, or remix the two by bringing along two radios! So far as I’m aware, this is only the second time a film has been screened with a simultaneous choice of soundtracks, and the first time was when we showed my Withnail and Irie rescore last year at the CA Festival. However the BBC did broadcast this version of Kong back in 2008 with a simultaneous broadcast of the Rod Da Bank rescore available via the red button.

Screening starts at 8.30 in Chapel Allerton Park, bring a radio (or two!) with a proper aerial and something to sit on. Hopefully you can leave the waterproofs at home….

Hudson Mohawke – ‘Star Crackout’ (All-City) Trentmoller – ‘Vamp’ (Poker Flat) Sigur Ros – ‘(Intro) Svein G Englar’ (Fat Cat) Paul Witheman & His Orchestra – ‘Rhapsody In Blue’ (Hot Record Society) Lucky Elephant – ‘Lucky Elephant’ (Sunday Best Records) Ralfe Band – ‘Attics’ (Talitres) Xiao Pang Jeng & The Chinese Orchestra of Shanghai Conservatory (Jingo) The Flaming Lips – ‘In Excelsior Vaginalistic’ (Warner) Rusko – ‘Woo Boost’ (Dubplate) Metronomy – ‘Nights Outro’ (Because Music) The Ho’opi’i Brothers – ‘Hawaaian Cowboy’ (Tropical Music) Rusko – ‘Woo Boost’ (Dubplate) Lazyboy Dubstep – ‘Glass Window’ (Sunday Best Recordings) Himalaya Dawn – ‘Himalaya Dawn’ (Keda) Wax Stag – ‘And How’ (People In The Sky) Metronomy – ‘Night Out Intro’ (Because Music) Drums Of Death – ‘Sleep In Fire’ (Dubplate) Bon Iver – ‘For Emma’ (4AD) Lee Scratch Perry – ‘Voodoo’ (Island) Himalaya Dawn – ‘Himalaya Dawn’ (Keda) Reso – ‘Otacon’ (Civil Music) Generation X – ‘King Rocker’ (Chrysalis) Bakka Beyond – ‘Call Of The Forest’ (March Hare) Rusko – ‘Woo Boost’ (Dubplate) Kotchy – ‘Let Loose’ (Civil Music) Black Sabbath – ‘Voodoo’ (Rhino) Radiohead – ‘Faust Arp’ (EMI) Dinosaur JR – ‘Freak Scene’ (SST) Don Rimini – ‘Let Me Back Up (Crookers Re-Edit)’ (Mental Groove) Fleet Foxes – ‘Mykonos’ (Bella Union) Laurie Anderson – ‘O Superman’ (Warner) DJ C – ‘Animal Attraction (ft Zulu)’ (Community Library) Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born To Run’ (Columbia) Rusko – ‘Woo Boost’ (Dubplate) Portishead – ‘Machine Gun’ (Island) Paul Witheman & His Orchestra – ‘Rhapsody In Blue’ (Hot Record Society) Tunng – ‘Bullets’ (Full Time Hobby) Ian Brown – ‘Fear’ (Polydor) Harry Connick Junior – ‘It had To Be You’ (Sony Music) Goldfrapp – ‘Train’ (Mute) Brian Eno – ‘Here Come The Warm Jets’ (Island) Mystery ending – come along to hear the tear jerking final track