The Golem Rescored
Just in time for Halloween, and aligned with the 100th anniversary of the theatrical release, we’ve created a groundbreaking new score for the classic horror film The Golem: How He Came Into the World. The film has been broken down into eight parts and along with new music from renowned artists, each episode features commentary from scholars, composers and film historians discussing the significance of the film with a deep dive into the Jewish history, occultism, cinematography, and more.
Featuring new scores by: Threshing Floor (Alan Licht, Gretchen Gonzales Davidson, Rebecca Odes, John Olson, Nate Young) / Meg Baird, Charlie Saufley and Jeremiah Lockwood / Universal Eyes (members of Slumber Party and Wolf Eyes) / Michael Morley / Sharon Gal / Marika Hughes and Shahzad Ismaily / ∈Y∋ / Scott Amendola, Steven Drozd and Steve Berlin
Commentary from guests including: Kate Scelsa, Maya Barzilai, Ken Goldberg, Jeremiah Lockwood, Justin Sledge, Mitch Horowitz, Riva Lehrer and Ina Archer.
Hosts: John K Bucher and Torri Yates-Orr
Looking to dig into a conversation about The Golem Rescored? Check out the discussion guide we have created for the project! Download it here.
In this episode, scored by Threshing Floor, we explore the themes of magic and mystics, Jewish folklore, Talmud and philosophy with Dr. Justin Sledge, a professor of philosophy and religion in the Metro-Detroit area. He looks at the mystical spiritual leader Judah Loew ben Bezalel or “Rabbi Lowe” in The Golem film, who, in an effort to protect his people and avoid their expulsion, creates a massive warrior out of clay, using magic to bring him to life. Watch here.
Episode number two features a score from Jeremiah Lockwood, Meg Baird and Charlie Saufley. In this episode, we explore themes of music and mysticism and the interpretation of image through musical score, looking at the relationship between sound and image with Jeremiah Lockwood, a student of Jewish Mysticism and the blues. Film is a medium greatly focused on the image. But the music and the words that undergird those images are equally important in cinematic storytelling. And in the world of silent film, the music carries that entire load. Watch here.
In this episode scored by Universal Eyes, we look within, exploring with Riva Lehrer, an artist, writer and curator who focuses on representations of people who’ve been stigmatized by physical embodiment, sexuality, or gender identity. Her acclaimed memoir, Golem Girl, was published by Penguin/Random House in October 2020. We talk with Lehrer about how the Golem represents something that can connect us all and how we see ourselves in the golem along with the themes of psychology and ableism. Watch here.
In this episode scored by Michael Morley, we look at different iterations of the Golem throughout film, myth and pop culture. The world of mysticism draws us all in and as we see in The Golem, the power of magic is often used to animate a great story. In his creation from mud, we see connections to the Genesis story through Frankenstein’s monster. But what draws us to those mysteries beyond our comprehension? We delve into the question with Mitch Horowitz, a historian of alternative spirituality, Award-winning author, and a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library. Watch here.
Scored by London-baseed artist Sharon Gal, this episode looks at the Golem of the future and how the ideas Wegener explored in 1920 are relevant to Artificial Intelligence, Humanoids, and the Metaverse. With Dr. Ken Goldberg, professor and chair of the industrial engineering and operations research department at UC Berkeley and an artist, writer, inventor, and researcher working at the intersection of art, robotics, and social media, we explore whether there is a connection between the themes found in The Golem and the emerging worlds of Artificial Intelligence, Humanoids, and the Metaverse? Watch here.
In this episode, with Maya Barzilai, author of Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters and associate Professor at the University of Michigan, we delve into the filmmaker himself, his experiences in World War I, and why his passion for The Golem led him to retell this story on film three times. This episode is scored by Marika Hughes, an acclaimed cellist and composer living in New York. She is accompanied by guitarist Shahzad Ismaily, who has performed with Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Bonnie Prince Billy, and many others. Shahzad’s aural tapestries work perfectly with Hughes dark drones in this piece, a perfect soundtrack to the Golem. Watch here.
This episode is scored by ∈Y∋, a founding member of the legendary Japanese avant rock bands The Boredoms and Hanatarash. We explore the ever-morphing folklore of the Golem and where its presence is felt in today’s artistic world. With Kate Scelsa, an artist who uses her experience as an author, playwright, musician and actress to reimagine how we tell stories, we look at how modern artists and storytellers are influenced by the Golem and the themes in its story. Watch here.
This episode is scored by the team that recently produced the new score for Cecil B Demille’s Ten Commandments. This trio consists of Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin, Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips, and jazz drumming legend Scott Amendola. We delve into the finale of The Golem: How He Came Into The World with film criticism by Ina Archer, a filmmaker, visual artist, programmer and writer and media conservation and digitization specialist at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. Watch here.