Kevin Toma

plays 'Frankenstein'

Theaterzaal - Elektronica, Film

Performance details

date time hall price tickets/availability
za 13.10.18 20:00 - 21:40 Theaterzaal
Price category Rang 1
Voorverkoop € 12,00

New soundtrack for James Whale’s masterpiece

It’s alive! James Whale’s ‘Frankenstein’, starring the legendary Boris Karloff in the main role, was responsible for theatres full of clammy-handed and pale-faced film-goers when it was released in 1931. Many decades later, Whale’s masterpiece – based on Mary Shelley’s book about a scientist and his monster cobbled together from assorted body parts – still stands up. Kevin Toma has written an original soundtrack to accompany the film. During VIDEODROOM he will perform the score live on piano and synthesizer, adding to his soundscapes with the discreet use of samples.

Toma takes inspiration from Frans Waxman’s score for ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ (1935) and Frank Skinner’s score for ‘Son of Frankenstein’ (1939). For Toma, it’s not just a case of conjuring a creepy or dramatic atmosphere, however: “I wanted to give my music a sense of otherworldliness and expansiveness, with a lot of strings to reflect not only the story but also the physical, expressionistic world of the film.”

In this way Toma deviates from the classical ‘Frankenstein’ interpretation: an investigation of the boundaries of science and the possibilities and dangers of the artificial human. For this musician the story is more about a deep, ineradicable loneliness. “The monster roams around, rudderless, as the only one of his kind, incapable of finding a meaningful place in the human world”, says Toma. “With my music I emphasise that tragic aspect and make the monster more human and his story more poignant.” 



about the artist

The Dutchman Kevin Toma studied Film and Performing Arts. He started out writing film reviews for De Filmkrant, worked as an online editor for Cinema.nl and since 2007 has been associated with De Volkskrant as a film journalist. In addition to this, he has been accompanying silent films since 1994. As a musician and composer he is self-taught. Commissioned by bkkc, Filmhuis Den Haag, Go Short Filmfestival, Movie W, Ekko, the IFFR and Lowlands Festival, he has written – and performed live – new scores for films including ‘Sunrise’ (1927), ‘Häxan’ (1922) and ‘Berlin, die Sinfonie der Groβstadt’ (1927). Toma is also a film teacher and DJ.

Kevin Toma composed the new score for ‘Frankenstein’ in the context of the 200th anniversary of Shelley’s original book, under commission of the Imagine Film Festival, which is the only Dutch festival dedicated to ‘fantastic’ films. He also composed the score for ‘7th Heaven’ & ‘The Lodger’ under commission of Film Fest Gent.



Additional information

za 13.10 - 20:00 Theaterzaal
film / electronica
€15 / 12 (presale) 


in het kader van / in the frame of: Film Fest Gent