The Last Black Man In San Francisco (2019) is a beautiful elegy of a film, and offers a truly unique view of the City as captured in the brilliant opening montage, which sets the tone for the film that follows. The film has a great score by Emile Mosseri, but the music used in the opening montage is actually by Michael Nyman – “MGV (Musique a Grande Vitesse” originally commissioned to celebrate the inauguration of the TGV North-European Paris-Lille line in 1993. The film also features an astounding cover of “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)” featuring Mike Marshall (vocals) & Daniel Herskedal (tuba). Just see the film!
November 26, 2019: in the Marin Headlands (north of San Francisco), I got to hear this Coyote Symphony.
Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti was born in 1685 in Naples, Italy. Same year Bach was born! And Handel! He wrote operas, cantatas, symphonies, liturgical pieces, etc, and LOTS of keyboard music, primarily intended for harpsichord (or very early pianofortes). When I say a lot, consider his keyboard sonatas: he cranked out 555 of them. Be amazed at Martha Argerich’s precision rendition of one of these works.
These loops were created from still photographs (there’s 12 in each loop), which are layered on top of each other with soft round mattes (you can perceive a donut shape to the mattes if you look hard enough). Then an “exponential scale” effect is applied. The result is an “infinite zoom” effect which never ends. Most confusing explanation ever.
WoW ! Great time-lapse footage by former NFL player Ty Schmitt, now pursuing a career in fine art photography.
Absorb the essence of this neglected film in less than 8 minutes !!
Quad-O-Rama™: In order to match the cacophonous assault of today’s films, older films can be truncated (all the boring parts are deleted), and then cut in to 4 equal sections to be displayed simultaneously. Hence, a standard length film can be displayed in 10 minutes or less, but still retain coherence to the original.
Released by the Lovin’ Spoonful in the summer of 1966 (a lifetime ago!), Summer in the City remains etched in my youthful memory. Who can forget lyrics like “Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty…” clearly sung by John Sebastian? I know I can’t. Did you know that Joe Cocker covered the song in the 1990s? Neither did I.
I got to fly in and out of Detroit this month, and was digging the “artistic display of light and sound” in the underground Light Tunnel which connects Concourse B&C with Concourse A.
May 23, 2019: shot in time-lapse mode on my iPhone, crossing into Marin County, after sunset, on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The bridge opened in 1956, but has always been overshadowed by its more famous neighbors: the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge.