The Golem Rescored – About
For the 100th anniversary of the commercial release of Paul Wegener’s silent horror classic, The Golem: How He Came Into the World, creators and storytellers with the nonprofit Reboot have reimagined this classic of silent cinema, adding a soundtrack created by some of the world’s greatest musical talents. Artists such as Alan Licht, Gretchen Davidson, Rebecca Odes, John Olson, Nate Young, Sharon Gal, Scott Amendola, Steve Berlin, and Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips have combined to contribute a new sonic imagining for the film.
The Golem, often referred as the Jewish Frankenstein, is a film that not only directly inspired many moments of the Boris Karloff Frankenstein film, but also helped create one of the most well known Jewish fables about the occult and about the dark shadows that hide some of the most profound Jewish ideas.
We don’t fully know exactly what music was played to accompany The Golem when it originally screened before many audiences in the early 20th century. However, this mystery has led to opportunities for musicians to engage Paul Wegener’s images, creating new audio atmosphere’s for the story to play out in. This series unpacks the themes, underlying meanings, and ideas found in this new presentation of The Golem and what it might have to say to us today.
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.
John BucherMythologist, Writer, Thought Leader, Author, Podcaster
John Bucher is a mythologist and storyteller based out of Hollywood, California. He serves as Creative Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation and is also an author, podcaster, and speaker. He has worked with companies including HBO, DC Comics, The History Channel, A24 Films, The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation and served as a consultant and writer for numerous film, television, and Virtual Reality projects. He is the author of six books including the best-selling Storytelling for Virtual Reality, named by BookAuthority as one of the best storytelling books of all time. Disruptor named him one of the top 25 influencers in Virtual Reality. John teaches writing and story courses in the Los Angeles area and around the world. He holds a PhD in Mythology and Depth Psychology and has spoken on 5 continents about using the power of story and myth to reframe how individuals, organizations, cultures, and nations are viewed.
Torri Yates-OrrHistory Communicator. Host. Podcaster
Torri Yates-Orr is an Emmy nominated on-camera host/producer and history communicator based in Nashville. Her mission is to make history education engaging, entertaining, and accessible for the public. She’s the host of the Skeleton Keys Podcast and her history lessons can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @torriyatesorr.