While still a student, Evelyn Glennie learned that she was going deaf. Rather than abandon her study of music, in which she had shown such talent, she instead turned her focus toward percussion instruments and developed her ability to feel the sound through her body. This documentary follows her as she performs in New York, Germany and Tokyo, sharing her insights into the nature of music and the ways in which we experience it. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <[email protected]>
At the end of the day we still know that within everything we see, there's sound. I mean, we know that. We just don't have that sensitivity to hear what is going on around us.
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Boy, did I get suckered into watching this disappointing DVD. I should
have remembered that when you see a ton of complimentary comments by
critics all over the DVD cover, you can be almost guaranteed the film
is a stinker. "A feast for senses" - New York Daily News, was the one
that got me. Being someone who is in love with cinematography and has a
decent surround system to enjoy good audio, this documentary intrigued
me. "Filled with gorgeous music." - The Chicago Tribune.
People - do not pay attention to these morons. Yes, there is some nice
visuals in here but none of the music is beautiful unless you a huge
fan of percussion (drums, mainly.) Yet, rarely do you think of someone
beating on a snare drum as "gorgeous music."
This is a story of a Scottish woman, Evelyn Glennie, who is almost deaf
but has a tremendous appreciation for sounds, almost any kind of sound.
She also is an outstanding percussionist. Since she has a major hearing
problem, she has learned to "hear" through vibrations and hears more,
as they would say, than we unimpaired people. Evelyn is definitely
talented and unique. I wasn't impressed with the DVD but I was with
her, and who wouldn't be?? She's an extraordinary human being. She
loves to converse on the subject. Sometimes she's interesting, other
times she goes on too long on a subject.
The same applies to most of the "chapters" on this DVD. Some are good
but most get tedious after the first half dozen. It's simply too
repetitive and boring. If you doubt this, ask yourself: would I watch
someone pounding a stick on some object for several minutes? That's
what you have in many, many scenes here. Oh, the instruments and the
sounds are all different, but it is anything but a "thrilling audio and
visual experience." To sit through this for 100 minutes - now THAT is a
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