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



BBC Panorama: Daylight Robbery

19 04 2010
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 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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QUENTIN CRISP – Denis Mitchell’s documentary (1968)

15 04 2010

After the publication of his book, The Naked Civil Servant, in 1968 Quentin Crisp was approached by documentary maker Denis Mitchell to be the subject of a short film in which he was to talk about his life & voice his opinions.

It was my previous post (Chelsea Hotel Doc) which brought Crisp to my attention so think of this post as a sort of continuity. That said actually, there is often a sort of continuity in the posts you find here;one line of inquiry leads to the next.

80 Blocks From Tiffany’s

10 03 2010


80 Blocks From Tiffany’s is a 1979 documentary directed by Gary Weiss. It depicts the daily life of gangs within the context of the South Bronx. It deals primary with two African American and Puerto Rican gangs known as the “Savage Skulls” and the “Savage Nomads”

Historical Hip Hop Ephemera

23 02 2010

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Wild Style was the first hip hop motion picture. Released theatrically in 1983 by First Run Features and later re-released for home video by Rhino Home Video, the movie was directed by Charlie Ahearn ( director of the feature films Deadly Art of Survival and Fear of Fiction) and featured Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quinones, the Rock Steady Crew, The Cold Crush Brothers, Patti Astor, Sandra Fabara and Grandmaster Flash.



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The legendary 1987 BBC Open Space Film by Tim Westwood. Featuring (among others) Pride, Daddy Speedo, Fly Boy Dee, MC Crazy Noddy, London Posse, Trevor Nelson, Sipho, Run DMC, DJ Fingers, Cookie Crew, Wee Papa Girl Rappers