Morgenrot: Old Manhattan Sunrise with Falling Burning Piano

Morgenrot: Old Manhattan Sunrise with Falling Burning Piano

Morgenrot is an amazing animated short film by Jeff Desom, a film director from Luxembourg. The film was created to provide visual work for the haunting music of Morgenrot, the new single by Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann). Hauschka, is an experimental musician/composer living in Dusseldorf, who is noted for his creative piano works. Morgenrot is about a composer who’s plagued by writer’s block; Desom uses the image of a burning piano dropping off a building to serve as a recurring dream of the composer. The animation is reconfigured from early twentieth century photographs that Desom found while browsing through the vast collection of the U.S. Library of Congress, as well as from some old used postcards of New York that he purchased at a flea market in Paris.

Composed of sepia images from early 20th century New York, Morgenrot is graphically similar to Arcade Fire’s Black Mirror, particularly as it begins at sea. But it has an enduring motif all its own, with more contemporary echoes. The grainy, smoky, memory-laden and exquisite short film unveils evocative, slightly ominous imagery of Manhattan. It breathes with an air of poetic déjà vu, like a dream you’ve just been jarred awake from and, even though you know you’ve just experienced it, you can’t quite remember the outcome.

Morgenrot: Old Manhattan Sunrise with Falling Burning Piano

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