DSSO to Give New Life to Ageless Horror Classic

By KBJR News 1

November 1, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - It's easily one of the most recognizable movie scenes ever. The one where a man wielding a knife surprises a woman in the shower.

The shocking scene was made famous on the silver screen in the 1960 thriller, Psycho.

The Alfred Hitchcock classic tells the scary story of the slashing encounter between a secretary and the disturbed manager of a motel.

The movie, based on a novel, is now getting the DSSO treatment 60 years later.

"It's like going to the movie, but somebody actually sat down and separated the audio track from the music in the film," said Dirk Meyer, the new DSSO conductor.

The DSSO fills in the gaps with a live score. The musicians spent Thursday night fine tuning their strings for the one-time performance.

"It's a fun experience," Meyer said. "It combines your orchestra concert with going to the movies."

The performance comes down to timing. The conductor has two monitors; one with the film and another with a clock to help sync the live music with the film.

"I follow mostly the clock because you know it says at 15 seconds you have to be at this measure in the music in order to sync it with the music."

50 to 60 string players will follow Meyer's every move as he gives new life to Psycho.

"There are some sounds you wouldn't necessarily expect from a string orchestra but it is just like your 100% movie music, just like you would expect it from a scary movie."

Re-energizing an ageless tale of horror and suspense.

The one-time performance, conducted by Dirk Meyer, takes the stage Saturday at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available online and at the DECC.

Kevin Jacobsen
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