Sounds of Silence

Category: Arts Issue: March 2015
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Sounds of Silence
What’s better than watching Buster Keaton ride a cow through the streets of Los Angeles, while dressed as Satan and being chased by a herd of angry cattle? Having a soundtrack to such a scene, of course. At 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, Valley ensemble RPM Orchestra will provide a live film score to Keaton’s 1925 silent film, Go West.

The black-and-white Western/comedy was partially shot in Arizona “ranchlands” and features an uncredited early appearance by fallen comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle as a woman in a department store. Conducted by Downtown Phoenix arts scene mainstay Pete Petrisko, RPM Orchestra utilizes an array of instruments both expected (guitar, clarinet, flute) and avant-garde (saws, typewriters, toys) to create soundscapes where jazz and ragtime collide with experimental and “proto-Industrial” sounds. $12 at FilmBar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix,