BLOSSOM is an audio performance that aims to revive the silent films with live
improvised soundtracks. ‘Bloeiende bloemen en plantenbewegingen’ is a silent film made for scientific purposes by J.C Mol in 1923. Tolga Böyük uses the sounds as a tool to transform the time-lapse images of blooming seeds, flowers, mushrooms into a musical dialogue between the plants.
He undertakes the task of transforming the non-fiction film from the pre-sound era
Tolga Böyük is a producer and musician who is known by his project called Islandman. While studying engineering in physics, he began his musical career by playing in several local bands. In 2010, he left the university to study music in Istanbul and took his real passion into a full time job and set up his own music production company ‘FFW’ where he composes for films, tv-series and commercials.
Islandman is discovered by the Danish label ‘Music for Dreams’ and released debut
album ‘Rest in Space’ in 2018.
Bloeiende bloemen en plantenbewegingen / Flourishing flowers and plant movements (1932)
The film shows time-lapse images of seeds, flowers, mushrooms blooming. Although
made for scientific purposes by J.C Mol (who came from an agricultural background),
these films have been embraced by the experimental film community of the
Netherlands of the time because of their abstraction and use of cinematic devices, such as time-lapse photography.