The Reimagining is a new series wherein musicians of all genres are challenged to create a score for a specific film scene. To kick things off we have Brighton-based haze peddlers Fear of Men composing for Michelangelo Antonioni's art-house landmark L'avventura (1960).

The scene depicts protagonist Claudia (Monica Vitti) waking up on the morning after her friend's mysterious vanishing, the friend's husband sat asleep on a chair at the foot of her bed, and culminates in one of the film's most stunning images - a distant sunrise over the Sicilian coast.

L'avventura deals heavily in slow-burning drama and progresses at an almost glacial pace, so the gradually building drones and delay-laden guitars that the band has assembled here feel suitably desolate. Underpinned with percussive tension and smartly incorporating the film's diegetic sounds, this first instalment is pure atmosphere and texture.


The Original



Fear Of Men's Version

"I hadn't actually seen L'avventura before I put this together, but in a way I think that helped. The excerpt told its own narrative to me and I was interested in looking at it as a vignette in its own right.

"It seemed to me that the scene had a very particular dynamic, starting slowly and building to a peak when the female character, Claudia (played by Monica Vitti), opens the blinds to reveal the sun rising. The first time I watched the clip I could hear that in my head and I knew what I intended to do pretty much straight away.

"As Claudia wakes up she looks untroubled, but you can see an uneasiness creep gradually across her. The scene feels particularly ominous when the camera pans to the man sat in the corner and I wanted to capture this slow build of tension.

"The scene is already very atmospheric sonically with the sound of the storm in the background and I wanted to keep that and incorporate it into my recording. At the start, I'm just physically hitting my guitar and I felt the soundtrack should have a rickety, uneven quality, and so played off of the tempo of the delay and generally played the guitar in a very haphazard, deliberately quite brutish way.

"Gradually I built the tension with a second track of guitar, gradually shifting from a low minor chord to a brighter major chord as we near the opening of the window, which, in the scene is a moment of tangible, but ultimately fleeting, release. Jess added an improvised soaring vocal that dies as Claudia turns back to face the room."

- Words by Fear Of Men's Daniel Falvey.