Early Indies

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

The early years of independent cinema were full of adventure and experimentation. As the medium of film was being explored, so were the possibilities of combining images and music. Host David Garland presents Teiji Ito's score for Maya Deren's "The Very Eye of Night" (1952) and Ed Emshwiller's "Lifelines" (1960), Meyer Kupferman's music for "Hallelujah The Hills" (1962), Ravi Shankar's music for "Chappaqua" (1966), Norman McLaren's hand-drawn soundtrack for one of his 1950s National Film Board of Canada shorts, and more.



Maya Deren - The Very Eye Of Night (1958)

Ed Emshwiller - Thanatopsis (1962)

Ed Emshwiller - Carol (1970)

Adolfas Mekas - Hallelujah the Hills (1963)

Norman McLaren: Pen Point Percussion (An introduction to the hand-drawn sounds of Norman McLaren. 1951)

Comments [4]

Frank Feldman

Snob that I am, I only found it of interest when real musicians like Ravi Shankar and Ornette Coleman made contributions. That was some seriously out of tune clarinet, et al., playing, by the way! Seriously amateurish. But worth hearing once. Your shows are always worth hearing.

Jul. 10 2011 10:15 AM
Stoomzee from Northport, NY

When i was about 15 (the early 70's) my father strongly suggested i see Fantasia - a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. He said i would be amazed & inspired by it. I had to walk a couple of miles to the theater to see the movie by myself and i did because my father inspired me to go and see it... As i watched and after i left the movie theater i thought my father somehow made that movie because everything i saw being created in the movie my father could draw and articulate Walt Disney's imagination with his own brilliant & creative imagination. It was a turning point in my life... Kevin.

Jul. 09 2011 09:56 PM

Um ... I really did enjoy the soundtrack for Hallelujah the Hills, though ... Had a feeling I'd "discover" something if I listened in ...

Jul. 09 2011 09:25 PM

Alas, these vids are a bit too pretentious and nightmarish for my taste ...

Jul. 09 2011 08:52 PM

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