The Music Center and dublab launch “A Quiet Scene: L.A.” Film Project/competition

Open Call for Submissions:  closing date is Monday MARCH 1, 2021

The Music Center and the non-profit radio station dublab have partnered to offer A Quiet Scene: L.A., a FREE film competition and screening initiative.

The contest is associated with Roger and Brian Eno‘s music from their EP, Luminous. Each short film must be scored to one of the seven music tracks on the album and present “a quiet scene.”

Pictured above are Brian and Roger Eno.

Contest is open to all ages and talents! 

The project is an ode not only to the Eno’s contemplative music, but also to the moments of quiet we’ve all been experiencing with the pandemic.

The films of the competition winners will screen on the LED screens on The Music Center Plaza in March.

The public is invited to submit a short original film that is an authentic reflection of Los Angeles during current times. The program is open to all ages (though minors will need parental consent to submit an entry).

Each short film must be paired with, and filmed in duration to, one of the seven tracks featured on the EP, Luminous, composed by pioneering ambient music artists and brothers, Roger and Brian Eno, and released by Deutsche Grammophon as a follow-up to Mixing Colours, their lauded debut album as a duo.

Those tracks on Luminous are “Moss”; “Violet”; “Manganese”; “Vermillion”; “Marble”; “Pewter”; and “Malachite.”

Interested filmmakers may submit their work on  now until Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

To expand community participation, The Music Center and dublab have partnered with OutfestVisual Communications and Latino Film Institute, three Los Angeles-based film organizations, for their film festival expertise and deep commitment to supporting under-represented voices.A Quiet Scene: L.A. provides an L.A. perspective to the highly successful 2020 public audio-visual project—A Quiet Scene—created by Deutsche Grammophon and the Eno brothers in 2020 in support of their Mixing Colours album showing short scenes shot by people from their newly found confined spaces at home in the first wave of the global pandemic. Film submissions should be scored to a single Luminous track and will be evaluated based on interpretation of “a quiet scene”, interpretation of Los Angeles, reflection of current times and creativity and originality of the work. Production quality and value will be taken into consideration as well. More information, plus complete terms and conditions are available at Awardees of “official selections” and “best films” will be notified on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, and their films will be screened publicly on the large LED screens on Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center from March 20–April 18, 2021.

In addition to the outdoor exhibition, the best films will also be featured for viewing on The Music Center Offstage, the performing arts center’s virtual platform. The Music Center will further extend the project by partnering with artworxL.A. to engage its students as they learn about various approaches to combining sound and imagery, culminating in their own short film projects inspired by the creative process of Mixing Colours.

A Quiet Scene: L.A. brings people together through the experience of listening, creating and enjoying films that complement the contemplative tracks of Luminous, and uplifts audiences through the arts,” said Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. “As the world comes to terms with our common experience of isolation and self-reflection over the last year, arts experiences are a healing and unifying remedy. A Quiet Scene: L.A. offers people the opportunity to create a conversation between sight and sound that soothes the senses and illuminates a more hopeful year ahead. We are honored to work with so many esteemed partners and experts in the music and film community to bring this opportunity to the public to engage in the arts and expect A Quiet Scene: L.A. will serve as a record of time and expression.”

Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center.

A Quiet Scene will provide the opportunity for Los Angeles artists/filmmakers to collaborate and be part of a body of work originated by the Eno brothers in its original form as Mixing Colours. With the idea of blurring the lines between audience and artists, A Quiet Scene: L.A. aims to be inclusive and interactive, providing a sense of comfort and enrichment whether you visit the exhibit or you are one of the participating artists,” added Alejandro Cohen, director at dublab.

Alejandro Cohen, director at dublab.

The opening of A Quiet Scene: LA film competition also marks the opening of the first public screening and sound installation of the original audio-visual project in a safe outdoor location.

From January 22, 2012 through February 21, 2021, The Music Center will exhibit more than 100 short film finalists and winning entries from A Quiet Scene on the LED screens on its Jerry Moss Plaza.

For the first 72 hours, global audiences will be able to view these selected films via a continuous live camera feed from the plaza as well as a direct feed of the content being broadcast on the screens.

The live YouTube feed, embedded on and, will be available from noon on Friday, January 22, 2021 through noon on Monday, January 25, 2021; the livestream will not be archived or shown past January 25, 2021.              

The original video project arose from a public competition by record label Deutsche Grammophon in support of the brothers’ first collaborative studio album, Mixing Colours, which was released on March 20, 2020. The album was 15 years in the making, with both artists drawing on their long experience as composers, performers and producers to compose music that creates a deep meditation on shifting tonal shades and contrasts in timbre.

Beginning January 22, 2021, the CD and digital visual album, both titled Mixing Colours Expanded, will be available to celebrate the winners of the A Quiet Scene collaboration. Also available is Brian Eno’s first-ever collection of music from his film and television soundtrack oeuvre, Film Music 1976–2020which will be released on 2LP and 1CD via UMe. Brian Eno’s Rams: Original Soundtrack Album, the complete soundtrack from Gary Hustwit’s 2018 documentary will also be available on January 22 as a limited-edition CD. 


When: Friday, January 22—Sunday, February 21, 2021 (at 11:59 p.m.) 



When: Friday, January 22 (at 12:00 p.m. PT)—Monday, January 25, 2021 (at 12:00 p.m. PT)

Where: You Tube (@MusicCenterLosAngeles)

You Tube (@dublabtv)


When: Friday, January 22 (at 12:00 p.m.)—Sunday, February 21, 2021 (at 10:00 p.m. PT)

Where: The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza’s public LED screens135 N. Grand Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90012 *Programs subject to change. Masks and social distancing required while at Jerry Moss Plaza.

About The Music Center:

The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The non-profit performing arts organization has two divisions: TMC Arts and TMC Ops. TMC Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine, provides year-round programming inside The Music Center’s four theatres, on Jerry Moss Plaza, outside at Grand Park—a 12-acre adjacent green space—in schools and other locations all over Los Angeles County and on a digital platform called The Music Center Offstage. TMC Arts presents world-class dance with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, free and low-cost public concerts and events, as well as K–12 arts education programs along with workshops, performances, interactive experiences and special events on The Music Center Offstage. TMC Ops manages the theatres, the Plaza and Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies—Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera and LA Phil. For more information, visit Follow The Music Center on FacebookInstagram and Twitter@MusicCenterLA.


DUBLAB is a Los Angeles-based 501 © (3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to the growth of progressive music, arts and culture. DUBLAB has been broadcasting independent, web radio transmissions since 1999, with satellite stations in Japan, Spain, Germany and Brazil, and more than 500,000 international listeners who connect with our streams and podcasts monthly. DUBLAB’s diverse radio programming crosses genres, borders and eras to provide their audience with an adventurous listening experience. DUBLAB’s creative action extends to include curatorial projects, art exhibitions, event activations and record releases. For more information, visit Follow DUBLAB on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter @dublab.

About Deutsche Grammophon:

One of the most prestigious names in global classical music since its foundation in 1898, Deutsche Grammophon has always stood for the highest standards of artistry and sound quality. Home to the greatest artists of all time, the famous Yellow Label is a beacon to which music-lovers all over the world look for outstanding musical interpretations, audio recordings and visual productions. Highly dedicated to the development of new repertoire, Deutsche Grammophon fosters and promotes a whole range of popular contemporary artists and eminent composers. The label also prides itself on its innovative use of the latest technology to provide music digitally to audiences worldwide. Follow Deutsche Grammophon on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter @DGClassics. About UMeUniversal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for UMG. Working in concert with all of the company’s record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, opportunities in new technologies and an emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives to engage all types of consumers across multiple entry points and platforms.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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