The Outsider:the Story of Harry Partch (1974)

12 09 2010

Harry Partch (June 24, 1901 – September 3, 1974) was an American composer and instrument creator. He was one of the first twentieth-century composers to work extensively and systematically with microtonal scales, writing much of his music for custom-made instruments that he built himself, tuned in 11-limit (43-tone) just intonation.

Bob Gilmore, author Harry Partch: a biography writes

“I was a sort of unofficial consultant for a very good documentary film on Partch, The Outsider: the story of Harry Partch, directed by Darren Chesworth, first screened on BBC4 in 2002. Good film treatment of Partch and his work being rare, this 58-min documentary deserves a wide circulation. It includes much footage of Partch, together with interviews with Philip Glass, Gavin Bryars, and most (though not all) of the main Partch heavies: Philip Blackburn, Betty Freeman, Danlee Mitchell, Stephen Pouliot, John Schneider, Jon Szanto and myself.” 

Related Resources

On the Sensations of Tone By Hermann L. F Von Helmholtz

VIRTUAL PARTCH INSTRUMENTS

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Backstage Magic

10 05 2010
I always believed performance is about sincerity shared in the confidence of warm intimacy. Where better to find this sort of thing then in the back-stages and green rooms scattered thoughout the history of the world? That’s where the real magic happens. Here are a few examples
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STEVIE NICKS  (Wild Heart)
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From a Rolling Stone photo session, presumably around 1983/4 in which a camera catches Stevie Nicks and band perform ‘Wild Heart’ from the heart. Very real, very beautiful.
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Leonard Cohen (Bird on a Wire)
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After a nervous and uncertain Cohen walks of stage and retreats to the dressing room, resolving not to perform, his friends and co-performers urge him on with a version of ‘Bird on a Wire’. This footage is magic, not just for the reality of the situation which is conveyed but for the beauty of such a real moment. Watch for Bob Johnson (Simon and Garfunkel’s producer) as he performs the second verse. The sight of a broken Cohen on the floor of the tour bus at the end is really something. Despite the encouragement he did not go back out to finish the set.

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Waking Life (Richard Linklater)

10 05 2010

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Waking Life is a digitally enhanced American live-action rotoscoped film, directed by Richard Linklater and released in 2001. The entire film was shot using digital video and then a team of artists using computers drew stylized lines and colors over each frame. The film was Fox Searchlight Pictures’ only production using this technique.

The title is a reference to George Santayana’s maxim: “Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.”





BBC Panorama: Daylight Robbery

19 04 2010
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BBC Panorama: Daylight Robbery
58:22 – 1 year ago

Daylight Robbery: BBC One 9pm Tuesday 10 June 2008. Panorama investigates claims that as much as $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or not properly accounted for in Iraq. When the US goes to war, corporate America goes too. There are contracts for caterers, tanker drivers, security guards and even interrogators, many of them through companies with links to the White House. Now more than 70 whistleblower cases threaten to reveal the scandals behind billions of dollars worth of waste, theft and corruption during the Iraq war.

The US justice department has imposed gagging orders which prevent the real scale of the problem emerging. Jerks? You decide for yourself.





The Neo-Conservatives

19 04 2010

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The War Party
49:29 – 2 years ago

The War Party is a BBC ‘Panorama’ documentary, first broadcast on Sunday 18th May 2003. The programme investigates the Neo-Conservatives in America. Bit touchy due to the Zionist views of some neo-cons but that’s beside the main point I think. More important is the fact that the policies of the US are strongly influenced by people of diverse faiths who believe in an everlasting battle between good and evil (you know, ‘War Mongers’.)





The History Of Hacking (Discovery Channel 1994)

16 04 2010

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Covering the pre-PC phone phreaking era through invention of the home computer by hackers and the eventual and inevitable industrialisation of the home computer. Good times.





Suspect Nation (Channel 4 – 2006)

15 04 2010

Observer journalist Henry Porter reveals how, in the UK, citizen’s movements are being watched, and recorded more than ever before.

Henry Porter (born 1953) is an English author and journalist. He is a writer of thrillers and a regular columnist for The Observer newspaper. He is also the British editor of Vanity Fair.

Porter’s articles are mainly concerned with liberty and civil rights. In February 2009 he co-founded The Convention on Modern Liberty.

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