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Sound [VHS]

Rahsaan Roland Kirk , John Cage , Dick Fontaine  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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Product Details

  • Actors: Rahsaan Roland Kirk, John Cage
  • Directors: Dick Fontaine
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Rhapsody Films
  • VHS Release Date: December 5, 1995
  • Run Time: 27 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 6301585550
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Although they never meet in this film, these two very different musical iconoclasts share a similar vision of the boundless possibilities of music. Kirk takes music on a research trip to the zoo & John prepares work for a musical bicycle. Coincidentally, in 1963, Frank Zappa appeared on the Steve Allen Show (see uTube) performing an experimental music piece called "Playing Music on a Bicycle", which seemed strongly influenced Cage's "Water Walk" of 1960. On-the-other-hand, Kirk offered a *blank* side 4 of the double LP, "The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color"--in fact side 4 contains two telephone answering machine messages recorded by Kirk, which also seemed strongly influenced Cage, in this case, Cage's 1952 composition 4′33″ whereby ambient sounds control the soundscape due to absence of "music".

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5.0 out of 5 stars What is Sound? February 4, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The music found all around us is illuminated by both Cage and Kirk, spliced together in a double movie that heads the same direction. Everything has a value and a meaning that one attaches to it, who is to say that nothing is not music or sound? The conventional boundaries of music are abandoned for a rather Zen approach to the process. One can judge and say that Roland Kirk wears the dark sunglasses because he is high out of his mind and John Cage bangs on a bicycle for an appealing noise but wouldn't that be a simple way out? Both of these man are brilliant in their own right, based on a different outlook that is applicable to living aside from music.
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