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[Mar. 19th, 2007|08:15 pm]
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I usually drop by the carnegie library on the way back to campus from lunch whenever I have lunch by myself in oakland, to check my email and see if any new books or whatever catch my eye. Happened to run into madmadammim, she being on break from work at the adjacent museum, and she told me to check out "Touch the Sound", a documentary about the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who happens to be profoundly deaf. Just finished watching it. The conversational little blurbs in which she (and collaborator Fred Frith) discuss what music and sound really mean to them and all that tend toward the artsy comma fartsy, but the performances are completely amazing, and the visuals are often nice.
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[User Picture]From: cdtwigg
2007-03-20 01:55 am (UTC)
I dragged some folks to that when it was playing at Filmmakers a couple years back.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2007-03-20 01:57 am (UTC)
In your capacity as a fairly skillz-having percussionist yourself, do you think I'm being naïve being blown away by her awesomeness, or is she really just that good?
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[User Picture]From: cdtwigg
2007-03-20 02:01 am (UTC)
She's pretty amazing.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2007-03-20 02:01 am (UTC)
okay, thanks for the perspective :)
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[User Picture]From: madmadammim
2007-03-20 04:07 am (UTC)
I think this movie sort of exemplifies WHY she is so good. My opinion is that rhythm is first and foremost kinesthetic and since the way she "hears" is actually by feeling it makes sense to me that someone who is relying more on the physical sensation of the sound would be more "in touch" with it. When I watched it in addition to really enjoying the music and visuals it also made me feel that sort of OMFGlookwhathumansarecapableof! sense of awe. And you know how I enjoy the artsy fartsy crap so I pretty much loved everything about the movie. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed it and that I was able to recommend it!
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