Häxan

by Ugress

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Häxan – The Witch (1922) is an episodic docu-horror about witchcraft.

The brand new score for Häxan is made and performed by Norwegian cinema-electro mad scientists Ugress, and was performed to the film in European cinemas the season 2015-2016. This release consists of selected cues, themes and parts of the original live score.

The score is created from hundreds of recordings of intimate, microscopic sounds of performing sorcery. Burning leaves, dissecting frogs, popping eyes. The score also uses real sounds recorded at Blocksberg, a mountain in central Germany. Historically located on the border of East and West Germany during the cold war, Blocksberg became a listening post for the Soviet regime. The mountain is to this day still filled with our contemporary tools of witchcraft and sorcery: Surveillance equipment.

The score for Haxan combines all these sonic elements to support and enhance a narrative of suppression, fear of “the others” and invisible abuse of power.

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released December 9, 2016

Written, composed and produced by Gisle Martens Meyer. Electric guitar by Thomas T Dahl.

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Ugress Berlin, Germany

Cinema electronica.

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