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Jim Jarmusch Only Lovers Left Alive Original Score


Soundwalk Collective





Thursday, April 04, 2024


Listening Experience with Conversation



Doors Open


The iconic director and pioneer of American independent cinema presents a new arrangement of his score to his 2013 classic, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” on the 360-degree sound system of the Reethaus. 

In “Only Lovers Left Alive,” two vampires, both centuries old, drift through the romantically desolate cities of Tangier and Detroit keeping Weltschmerz and boredom at arm’s length only by piles of books, rare guitars and each other. This sentiment echoes that of Jarmusch himself, who once said: “When I get depressed I think of all the music I haven’t even heard yet!’ So, it’s the one thing. Imagine the world  without music.”  

Largely a collaboration between Jarmusch’s “marginal rock band” SQÜRL and the Dutch minimalist musician Josef van Wissem, the score also features Zola Jesus, Yasmin Hamdan and Madeline Follin (of Cults), combining psychedelic fuzz, feedback rock and neo-classic lute for a dark, slow soundscape, at once modern and ancient, that bridges the distinct textures of Detroit and Tangier.  

“Our music isn’t always formulaically structured. Structures are not what we’re interested in; we’re interested in a feeling,” says Jarmusch of SQÜRL whose sound incorporates big drums, distorted and treated guitars, molten stoner music, cassette recorders and electronics.

Part of the “Transmissions” series curated by Soundwalk Collective, the 45-minute listening experience will feature the original score of “Only Lovers Left Alive” sessions, arranged for the 360-degree sound system at the Reethaus. After the listening experience, Jim Jarmusch will sit in conversation with Stephan Crasneanscki of Soundwalk Collective for a conversation about the creation of “Only Lovers Left Alive,” the link between sound and cinema and the practice of scoring his own films.




Soundwalk Collective invites key influences and frequent collaborators featured across their extended body of work to participate in a series that samples from the past 60 years of sonic arts. Reflecting a personal view on collaboration as an essential aspect of the creative process, the series presents a broad summary of the sonic landscapes that they have developed over the past two decades. Seminal masterworks and newer pieces blend into a cohesive yet varied ensemble that spans musique concrète, performance art, contemporary and mystical music. All of these genres have in common a meditative dimension, a transitional nature that has been at the core of Soundwalk Collective’s work.

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Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch is a film director, writer, musician, producer, and artist. A prominent figure in independent cinema, his notable films include Stranger than Paradise (1984), Down By Law (1986), Dead Man (1999), Broken Flowers (2005), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) and Paterson (2016). His book ‘Some Collages’ was published by Anthology Editions in 2021. He records and performs music with his band SQÜRL as well as with the lutenist Jozef Van Wissem and others.


Soundwalk Collective

Soundwalk Collective is the contemporary sonic arts platform of founder and artist Stephan Crasneanscki and producer Simone Merli. Working with a rotating constellation of artists and musicians, they develop site- and context-specific sound projects through which to examine conceptual, literary or artistic themes.

Evolving along multidisciplinary lines, Soundwalk Collective has cultivated long-term creative collaborations with musician Patti Smith, late director Jean-Luc Goddard, photographer Nan Goldin, choreographer Sasha Waltz and actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, among others. In doing so, their practice engages in the narrative potential of sound across mediums such as art installations, dance, music and film.

Their latest original score for “All The Beauty and the Bloodshed” (dir. Laura Poitras) won the Golden Lion at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. In October 2022, they opened “Evidence,” a new exhibition with Patti Smith at Centre Pompidou in Paris. Soundwalk Collective have performed and exhibited at a diverse range of arts and music institutions, such as Berghain, Centre Pompidou, CTM Festival, documenta, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manifesta, Mobile Art Pavillion by Zaha Hadid and New Museum.