Pianist Bruce Vogt adds new sounds to silent films

Apr. 12, 2021 | Faculty, Video

Charlie Chaplin’s Easy Street, The Cure, and The Immigrant
Buster Keaton’s The Scarecrow and Sherlock Jr.
Harold Lloyd’s Why Worry

School of Music piano professor, Bruce Vogt, has been performing live improvised music to silent films for a number of years, though none of those performances had even been recorded. In the absence of live concerts, this year seemed like the perfect opportunity to get into the studio (in this case, the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall) and record soundtracks to a few of the comedy classics that he loves and knows so well.

Vogt’s one-of-a-kind soundtracks to films by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd include a brief introduction to the films as well as a short history of silent film and some insights into his process when preparing live soundtrack performances.