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This website is an official collection and journal of the written works of Danny Hahn


Biography
Danny Hahn is author of the novels A Letter To Gwyn and The Deformed Visitor. His shorter works include The Noon Bell and his essay on audiovisual aesthetics, Quiet Cinema. A mountaineer by heart, he spent much of his life in the Alpine valleys of Switzerland where his father grew up, and the mountainous hinterland of Ceredigion in Wales where his mother was born. He trained as a classical violinist at the Guildhall School of Music in London, studied film at The London College of Printing, and became a Berlinale Talent. He worked for a long period as a film composer in Finland and a film university lecturer in London, while often collaborating with his father Professor Detlef Hahn in writing and recording projects in Oslo. Danny was involved in writing and publishing from an early age often producing aphoristic texts and poetic reflections on the arts and philosophy, and by the time he had cultivated his style and ideas, he began to write novels which combined genre fiction, semi-autobiographical narrative, and phenomenology.


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Recent Journal Entries

Two Quiet Finnish Films

Two Quiet Finnish Films My essay Quiet Cinema was published sometime after I completed a couple of feature film projects in Finland. I was the Composer and Sound Designer for Mika Rantonen's And White Was The Night, and much of the quiet, subtle audio-visual techniques and aesthetic styles of Quiet Cinema emerged from this very film, where I had the practical pleasure of experimenting with music and sound to formulate the principle ideas for my book. Some of the proposed tools of Quiet Cinema had already physically emerged organically in the post production process of And White Was The Night, such as the techniques of [more]

Rediscovering Cinema Through Quietness

Rediscovering Cinema Through Quietness"Quietness is the unspoken word; the wind in the trees; the tragic loneliness of the father peeling an apple at the end of Ozu's Late Spring (1949); the pause after the two notes in the Jaws Theme in which the length of each diminishing musical rest is equal to the distance between the shark and its victim. Quietness is a break or pause that creates unresolved tensions; the blank screen before the film begins; the silence in-between two actions; the empty landscape waiting for a person to arrive – quietness appears within the limits of human expectation. Quietness is anticipation: a forest [more]

The Sound Of The Alps

The Sound Of The Alps"I hear an Alpine symphony of raw noise. How aesthetic natural sound can be! – Every little vibration entirely uncultivated and wild. I hear the flap of several bird wings disperse like an ocean spray as a distant train from a small mountain station startles them. I hear a faint running stream accompany the tones of the noon bell – barely audible, distinguished only because of its sharper frequency. Unlike the evenly spaced notes of manmade compositions, the music of the wind has a rich chromaticism, swirling thinly like a whispering choir. The bird song too is far from human [more]