“Minima are one of the leading bands accompanying silent film in Europe.” (Barbican Centre, London)
Our music is a 21st-Century interpretation of the images of 1920s silent films. Using multiple instruments and state-of-the-art sound equipment, we create an immersive cinema experience.
Based in Bristol, we perform our original film scores in cinemas, art centres and festivals.
“Minima’s spine-tingling music clung to each twist of the movie… spellbinding .” (The Guardian)
We also regularly perform in smaller venues – village halls, churches and community centres, as part of UK-wide rural touring schemes.
Audiences are of all ages, with these after-show comments typical: “wouldn’t have been the same without the music”, “blew me away”, “fascinating and intriguing”, “fantastic, mesmerising, unique”, “best night out I’ve had in ages.”
“Acclaimed soundscapers Minima provide a superlative soundtrack.” (Time Out London)
We specialise in the darker side of silent film: our main repertoire includes the German horror films Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the original Phantom of the Opera, and Alfred Hitchcock’s murder-mystery The Lodger.
Since 2006, highlights have included Glastonbury Festival, the Barbican Centre, BFI Southbank, Malta International Arts Festival and the Transylvania International Film Festival.
“One of the spring’s coolest events… Minima capture the film’s disturbing mood perfectly.” (Daily Telegraph)
Our instrumentation features cello, double bass, regular and baritone guitars, mandolin, keyboard, autoharp, dulcimer, synthesizer, glockenspiel and drum kit.
We bring and engineer all sound equipment to shows and can bring projector and screen if needed.
“A superbly sinister live score by the soundtrack group Minima.” (Financial Times)