Sonic Generator Presents: Metropolis


May 28, 2013 - 8:00pm


Woodruff Arts Center Piazza, 1280 Peachtree St NE




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Sonic Generator presents a free screening of Fritz Lang's 1927 science fiction masterpiece, Metropolis, with a live performance of a new musical score composed by Martin Matalon, in a unique outdoor setting at the Woodruff Arts Center. It takes places Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Woodruff Arts Center, Sifly Piazza, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Metropolis, a milestone of German expressionism and an inspiration for science fiction films such as Blade Runner and The Matrix, portrays a dystopian world in which the poor tend to futuristic machines and inevitably clash with the wealthy elite. Recently found footage in Argentina has restored Metropolis to its original length. Sonic Generator's performance — featuring sixteen instrumentalists and electronic sounds — will present the American premiere of Martin Matalon's score for this newly restored edition. Performed on the piazza at the Woodruff Arts Center, with the film screened dramatically onto the High Museum of Art, Metropolis will showcase an iconic film and cutting-edge music in a unique space.

Things to know:

  • Getting to the Woodruff: Directions and parking details are available at
  • Seating: No tickets are required. Seating on the piazza opens at 7 p.m. We encourage you to bring your own blankets and chairs. A priority seating area for handicapped patrons is located near the Wieland Pavillion of the High Museum.
  • Food and drink: Snacks, wine, and beer will be available for sale beginning at 7 p.m. and throughout the performance. Table 1280 will be serving dinner until 8 p.m.
  • Weather: In the event of rain, please check for updates.

Schedule for the evening:

  • 7:00 pm: Piazza and concessions open
  • 8:00 pm: pre-concert performance by Sonic Generator, featuring music of Steve Reich
  • 8:30 pm: introductions from project partners
  • 8:45 pm: Metropolis begins

Sonic Generator, Georgia Tech’s contemporary music ensemble-in-residence, explores the ways in which technology can transform how we create, perform and listen to music. The ensemble, comprised of some of the top classical musicians in Atlanta, works closely with Georgia Tech students and faculty to present concerts that bring cutting-edge technologies to the world of contemporary classical music.

Sonic Generator is sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology and in particular by the university’s School of Music and Center for Music Technology in the College of Architecture, which champion advancements in music creation, performance, and consumption through transformative technological research, and by the GVU Center, which seeks to advance the state of the art of the interaction between people, computing machines and information.

The Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) has distinguished itself as one of the premier cultural centers in the nation, a unique institutional model where individual arts institutions — the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, and Young Audiences — unite to form a collaborative, inspirational, and supportive environment for the arts and education.

Metropolis is also presented in partnership with the Alliance Française d'Atlanta andthe Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, whichencourage the study of French and German language and culture, respectively, and foster cultural, intellectual, and artistic exchanges; and with Flux Projects, which produces exceptional and surprising temporary public art to galvanize
Atlanta's cultural curiosity. Additional support for Metropolis comes from the Franco-German Fund and the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, a program of FACE with major support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, SACEM, CulturesFrance and the Florence Gould Foundation.