Towards Alphaville (2010)
Towards Alphaville from Scanner on Vimeo.
Innovative London-based soundscaper and ambient electronicist Scanner performs a live, improvised sampled and remixed score to Jean-Luc Godard's mid-60s, pulp sci-fi, modernist classic Alphaville. Selecting a series of key scenes from the film, focusing on the architecture, accompanied by audio culled from the movie, Scanner conveys a complex and mysterious chronicle, offering up a space for contemplation and reflection, as the soundtrack weaves an imaginary narrative.
"A dazzling amalgam of film noir and science fiction in which tough gumshoe Lemmy Caution turns inter-galactic agent to re-enact the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice in conquering Alpha 60."
– Tom Milne, Time Out.
"With Alphaville, Godard achieved one of his Sixties dreams – to make a Bond movie his way, complete with car chases, gun play and a nominal sci-fi plot. His greatest touch was – and remains – his simplest: to create a futuristic urban dystopia in which the words 'poetry', 'conscience' and 'love' are outlawed by filming in the most brutalist modern architecture Paris had to offer in 1965."
– Chris Drake, The Independent