Last year we got to experience the creative genii of Modern Robot up close and personal during the Orlando Fringe. To say Ben Singer is a raw undiscovered talent in the UK would be an understatement of the greatest kind.
We adored his live scoring of F.W. Murnua’s 1926 film Faust so much we were delighted to hear that his next project was tackling one of our favourite horror films of all time – and that he wanted to work with Civil Disobedience to deliver it’s European premiere.
In 1968, George Romero’s stark, black & white film Night of the Living Dead shocked audiences, redefined horror, and launched the zombie genre.
In 2017, Modern Robot are set to take arts festivals by storm with Alive: Music for Night of the Living Dead.
Ben Singer brings together the tradition of silent film, the aesthetic of film scoring, and sounds of contemporary instruments to create a mesmerizing score. Under its flesh and gore, Romero’s film is stark, personal, and resonates politically still today; with Modern Robot, it’s definitely an experience to get under the skin.
Over five years, Modern Robot has performed accompaniments to dozens of films: odd instructional and industrial films, campy B-movies, flight and space footage, and a wide range of more traditional silent films. What started out as an loose improvisational group has become a project that takes each movie as its own creative concept. For each show, Ben Singer assembles performers and creates musical outline that both complements the film and creates something new out of the combination.
Ben combines the formal training in jazz and classical music he received at Eastman School of Music with the roots music of his British folk-singing, bluegrass-playing parents and with the technology of being a computer programmer.
He regularly performs original music as a singer/songwriter and as Modern Robot.-and we’re sure that within an hour of knowing him, like us, you’ll be hooked.
Alive: Music for Night of the Living Dead will play Orlando Fringe this May before heading to the UK for a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. After that, the sky is the limit!