John Cage et Roland Kirk



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John Cage et Roland Kirk : Sound (1966)

Message par Patlotch le Mar 13 Aoû 2013

« Sound (1966) un film di Dick Fontaine con Rahshaan Roland Kirk, John Cage e la partecipazione di David Tudor.

Language: English
Subtitles: French

Dick Fontaine directs the half-hour black-and-white film Sound, originally recorded in 1966 and released on video from Rhapsody Films. Footage of experimental composer John Cage is intercut with footage of avant-garde jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Kirk is shown in performance playing his signature three saxes at once. Eventually he hands out whistles to the audience. Meanwhile, Cage works on a musical bicycle with pianist David Tudor and choreographer Merce Cunningham.
(Andrea LeVasseur/ fonte web)

Although Rahsaan Roland Kirk and John Cage never actually meet in this film (Cage's enigmatic questions about sound are intercut with some of Kirk's more ambitious experiments with it) these two very different musical iconoclasts share a similar vision of the boundless possibilities of music. Kirk plays three saxes at once, switches to flute, incorporates tapes of birds played backwards, and finally hands out whistles to his audience and encourages them to accompany him, "in the key of W, if you please." Cage, on the other hand, is preparing a work for musical bicycle with David Tudor and Merce Cunningham at the Seville Theatre in London. Cage meets Rahsaan's music in an echo chamber, and he ends his search for the sound of silence in his favorite spot -- the anechoic chamber -- where it turns out to be the uproar of "your nervous system in operation."
(Martin Williams, JAZZ TIMES/ Fonte Web)»

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