This is going to be almost indescribably beautiful: Tonight at 92YTribeca, the Alloy Orchestra will perform the score they composed to accompany Fritz Lang’s milestone of cinema, 1927’s Metropolis, including its 25 minutes of newly-found original footage.
This is the version that had jaws dropping across the planet in 2008 when it was discovered in a library in Buenos Aires—kind of like if someone happened upon a whole other version of Citizen Kane just kicking around on some dusty shelf in Pasadena..
So there was pretty much only one outfit to tap for the challenge of scoring such a gift to cinema, and that’s Boston’s Alloy Orchestra. Their electric live performance to the silent film’s screening, wherein they mix ordinary instruments with a host of curious objects, has sold out rooms and garnered raves in cities all over. Take a look and listen below.