03.10.2011 14:09 Age: 3 yrs

Soundtrack for 'The artist' recorded at Brussels

Two Golden Palms at Cannes, and maybe an Oscar soon? Brussels Philharmonic is proud to have contributed to the Soundtrack!

The artist, a film by French director Michel Hazanavicius, will be playing at cinema's around Europe as from 12th of October. Whereas the film was shot entirely in Los Angeles, the soundtrack was produced in Belgium. The music composed by Ludovic Bource was recorded by Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Ernst Van Tiel, in Flagey’s famous Studio 4.

Jef Neve, Frank Vanganée and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra also played their part.

The artist is set in the Los Angeles of the 1920s. The director Michel Hazanavicius paid particular attention to authenticity: the film, which is silent and in black and white, was shot in old Hollywood studios.

The film has won over both audience and critics earlier this year: Jean Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. The dog actor in the film, Uggy, won the Palm Dog Award for best performance by a canine at the festival.


Part of that success comes down to the soundtrack, which is, of course, a major part of the silent film genre.

Ludovic Bource, who wrote the music for the film, spent six days in Studio 4 at Flagey in April with Brussels Philharmonic to record 80 minutes of music. When asked about his best memory of the film, Bource replied: “Recording the music with the Brussels Philharmonic: 80 musicians, including about 50 strings, four French horns, four trombones, five percussionists running back and forth, a harpist, ten technicians, five conductors and three arrangers. It was magnificent!" (Inge Schelstraete, deStandaard)

"They talk, they drop things, they slap each other in the face, and the only sound that emerges is beautifully composed orchestral music from Ludovic Bource of the Brussels Philharmonic." (Jada Yuan, New York Magazine)

"The score was put together with artisan precision by Ludovic Bource in far more testing circumstances than “normal” films require. For The Artist, Bource had to capture the feel of the era, to pinpoint the spirit of silent film, as well as capturing the essence of each character, and trying to convey the emotional bent of each scene; heavily referencing major film composers of the 1920s as well as working closely with the director pre- and post-edit to make sure the score fit the visuals like a second skin. And what Bource and Hazanvicius have created here is just incredible: if the immediate audience response weren’t proof enough, I now find myself humming some of the compositions long after leaving the cinema.” (Simon Gallagher, Film School Rejects)

Watch the official trailer!