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Music

The joy of Alloy: making the sounds of silents

CAMBRIDGE — The film historian David Thomson has heard Alloy Orchestra accompany silent films on several occasions. The most recent was at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, for “Metropolis.”

Fritz Lang’s classic was the first score the Alloys did. That was 23 years ago. They’ve since done nearly two dozen other features — epics and slapstick and even documentaries — and numerous shorts.

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