The Big Screen Liverpool presented a new, live soundtrack paired with an outdoor screening of Nosferatu on the occasion of the city’s first Long Night of the Biennial, Thursday 30th October 2008. Emulating the classic Nuit Blanche model pioneered by Paris, St Petersburg and Berlin, galleries, museums and public spaces were programmed late into the night for a nocturnal feast of art, events, music, film and performance.
F.W. Murnau’s classic silent horror film from 1921 retains the capacity to chill hearts and moisten armpits in the depiction of a vampire spared the debonair styling of Hollywood or Hammer Horror. Starring Max Shreck as Count Orlock, his iconic needle teeth, wasp-waist and elongated fingernails contribute to an air of decay that pools to drip steadily throughout this vintage nightmare inspired by Bram Stoker’s unholy creation.
Liverpool band a.P.A.t.T. reached the culmination of a four-year project to provide the definitive, contemporary live soundtrack to this masterpiece of the macabre, presented in conjunction with PMS: Popular Music Show of BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8FM and the Big Screen Liverpool. The public were free to move between two sites during the transmission period: observing the band in action at the BBC on Hanover Street and catching the full, audio-visual experience at the Big Screen in Clayton Square.
A free event, it was made possible by the support of Liverpool City Council, the BBC, PMS: Popular Music Show, MTV Liverpool Music Week and the Long Night of the Biennial. Despite the seasonal cold weather over 500 people attended this pilot experiment in making more effective use of the audio/video relay network that the installation of the screen has enabled, linked to the BBC, the Bluecoat arts centre, Clayton Square and Pier Head.