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.”

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Haiti’s Piggy Bank (1999)

10 03 2010

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Haiti’s Piggy Bank 1999

Directed by Robin Lloyd

30 min

In Haiti’s rugged countryside, the Creole pig was a poor family’s most important economic asset, a staple for both food and culture. When swine flu broke out in 1980, USAID pressured Haiti to eradicate this indiginous pig population. This video shows the self-interest of US aid, the interconnected nature of resources, and the trauma caused by harsh agricultural policies imposed from above. But it also teaches that resistance can bring renewal and hope: through grassroots and human rights assistance, the Creole pig has returned. This is an example of how local actions can solve local problems.


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robinlloyd@greenvalleymedia.org


Haiti Film Database Archives

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How Music Works – Howard Goodall

11 02 2010

PART I – MELODY

In this film composer Howard Goodall looks at melody’s basic elements. Why are some melodic shapes common to all cultures across the world? Can successful melodies be written at random? If not, what are the familiar melodic patterns composers of all types of music have fallen back on again and again, and why do they work?

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PART II – RHYTHM

In this film Howard looks at the common rhythmic patterns used by musicians from all cultures, from Brahms to rappers, from the founders of Cuban son to Philip Glass, from Stevie Wonder to Fats Waller.

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PART III – HARMONY

Chords led to chord progressions, and Howard looks at how familiar patterns of chord progressions give all kinds of music from classical to popular their sense of forward movement. Why do the same chord patterns appear again and again, from Renaissance Italy to the latest chart hit?

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PART IV – BASS

Howard looks at the dark horse of the musical family, and its use in the hands of such diverse musical talents as Johann (and Richard) Strauss, John Philip Sousa, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Albinoni, Bach and Motown’s resident bass maestro, James Jamerson.





Discreet Music (1975)

1 02 2010

Discreet Music (1975) is an album by the British ambient musician Brian Eno. While (No Pussyfooting) may be his first ambient album and Another Green World features many ambient pieces, this is Brian Eno’s first purely ambient solo album.

Brian Eno’s concept of ambient music builds upon a concept composer Erik Satie called “furniture music”. This means music that is intended to blend into the ambient atmosphere of the room rather than directly focused upon.

The inspiration for this album began when Eno was left bed-ridden by an accident and was given an album of eighteenth century harp music. After struggling to put the record on the turntable and returning to bed, he realized that it was turned down toward the threshold of inaudibility and he lacked the strength to get up from the bed again and turn it up. Eno said this experience taught him a new way to perceive music.

This album is also an experiment in algorithmic, generative composition. His intention was to explore multiple ways to create music with limited planning or intervention.

It also sounds nice.





Congruent Triangles (1977)

29 01 2010

Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable ‘Bach meets Third Steam Jazz’ musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct.