The Cabinet of Living Cinema is a meeting of artists dedicated to creating ‘performance cinema’.

“It’s an amazing distraction to have four live performers providing the sound and music to a film. You are focused on the moving image, but every now and then there’s no harm in glancing over at TCOLC to see Parkinson winding an old sewing machine handle for cogs and wheels turning on screen or catch Perry wring out some bubble wrap as a fire crackles and pops. It is no less magical to know what is making the noise”.
Stuart Wright, Screen Daily, 2013

“lyrical, passionate and searching; impossible to forget” 
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

“sensational avant-garde and animated films”
Donald Hutera, The Times

“There’s something wonderfully old school about walking into a cinema and discovering that the score you’re about to hear is to be performed live. The instinctive reaction is to check your pockets for Strand cigarettes and a pension book just in case you’ve injudiciously stepped into a time warp.”
Dixe Wills, Guardian writer

Recent Projects

The Cabinet Performers

Kieron Maguire (founder): guitar, viola, foley
Kieron Maguire is a composer, producer and founder of The Cabinet of Living Cinema. He composes for theatre and film using viola, guitar and loop-pedals to build up layers of melody, “soundscapes” and live sound-effects. A range of world, folk and electronic music inflects his style as well as a belief in keeping music live, the accidental and semi-improvised being integral elements of his working practice. Read more…

Robert Parkinson: dulcimer, bass, foley
Robert Parkinson brings the haunting sound of the dulcimer to the Cabinet and is the group’s live Foley or special effects coordinator. He has co-written scores to Strike, The Colour of Pomegranates, Santa Sangre, and plays an integral part in the music and “found object” Foley of all Cabinet Voyages to date. Rob is also author of T4 Pad.

Tim Karp: banjo, mbira, dobro, foley
Tim Karp is the Cabinet’s highly-valued banjo and seven string guitar player and has co-written scores for El Topo, Santa Sangre, Modern Times, as well as playing an integral part of the Cabinet Voyages events (Sounds of Dorset, Submarine of Living Cinema, Garden of Living Cinema, The Kingdom of Paul Nash)

Francesca Ter-Berg: cello
Cellist, composer and producer, Francesca Ter-Berg is an explorer of musical genres, from Klezmer to Indian classical music, Arabic Maqam to Jazz. Francesca has worked with the Cabinet since its inception and has co-written scores to Maya Deren’s At Land, The Colour of Pomegranates, Strike and has added soaring, hauting cello to Cabinet scores throughout the two years of Making Tracks.

Camilo Tirado: tabla, cajon, foley
Camilo brings an amazing percussive range to the Cabinet’s scores, having studied tabla in India. His ocean drum and other percussive oddities also provide fantastic live special effects. He has co-written scores to The Colour of Pomegranates, El Topo,

Joe Perry: percussion
Joe Perry brings a distinctive style to the Cabinet, part kit-drummer with African and Brazilian percussion and rhythms alongside cajon and electric drill augmenting the foley. He was an integral part of the writing team for Santa Sangre and Cabinet Voyages including Frankenstein and the Cyborg and Things to Come.