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Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
NR     2004     2hr 0min

Some of the world's most daring composers and musicologists probe the nature of sound and hearing in this unique documentary. The sounds of a rabbit sleeping, the rhythms of a tugboat on water, and the music inspired by in...  more »


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Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
Studio: Facets
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/17/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English

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A DVD to open your mind and your ears.
Carmen Tellez | Bloomington, Indiana, USA | 12/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a conductor of contemporary music and artistic director of Aguava New Music Studio I sought this DVD as matter of professional curiosity and I found myself totally captivated and enriched by it. It reveals the many ways in which we can engage sound: not only in music--and especially in the contemporary works that sometimes baffle us--but the sound of the complete world. The commentaries by composers, musicologists, performers and pedagogues incite us to dissolve the frontiers of perception between sound, space, our minds, our cultures...Multiple levels of perception can all be accessed towards giving meaning to what we hear, and in a way, understand our own life through music. It is wonderful."
Nice collection of interviews, but...
David M. Madden | salt lake, utah United States | 03/30/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I give this three stars based on an opinion and preference. The quality of the film, the direction and linear connection of interviewees is nice. However, in an attempt to present a Modernist crosscutting from one to the next (always cutting off the composer in mid-sentence), the film becomes...annoying. Simply put, I do not care for the system or process of the filmmakers: I just want to hear what the composers have to say, and the interruptions are annoying.

The one person, however, that's allowed to speak his heart is John Cage, and for that reason I commend the director (he talks about the nature of sounds vs. music, traffic vs. silence)."