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Museums of the new age

The Science Museum’s first Composer in Residence, Jean-Philippe Calvin, created a new soundtrack for Charles T Gwynne’s 1927 silent film ‘Museums of the New Age’.

Stimulated by the Science Museum Group’s collections of cinema technology and acoustics as much as by the history of museums, this new composition brings this fascinating film to a new generation of viewers and music lovers.


'Museums of the New Age' was filmed in 1927 at four of the world’s great science museums (Science Museum London, Technical Museum Vienna, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris, and Deutsches Museum Munich).


The principal outcomes of Jean-Philippe Calvin’s residency are a series of new artistic creations, concerts and seminars, a study day and a workshop with the Science Museum’s Research Team which, supported by his primary research into the Museum’s collections, disseminate knowledge and appreciation among a new audience of students, artists, film makers, musicians and members of the general public.


Described by the most prestigious French journals Le Figaro and Le Monde as one of France’s most original musical talents in contemporary music (2009), Jean-Philippe Calvin is a multi-faceted musician with an avid interest and eclectic taste in every form of music making.

He maintains an international career spanning a wide range of activities including composition, conducting and teaching, as well as performing contemporary music, jazz, opera and film music.

Find out more on the composer’s website.


Supported by Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Grant.