Igor Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring (just the music)

19630000d DLB 8th gradeNostalgia department:  in 1963, my Mother & Step-Father took me to the Dayton (Ohio) Philharmonic Orchestra (on a school night!), my first experience with live classical music.  I distinctly remember the part where the musicians “tuned up” their instruments, thinking that was part of the work which was subsequently performed:  Igor Stravinsky’s  Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring).  It was to be my introduction to “classical” music and it was memorable.  Of course, I knew nothing of its history, that it was a riot causing sensation when it premiered (as a ballet) 50 years before in Paris, that it was to become one of the most monumental and influential musical works of the 20th Century, I just thought all classical music must be AWESOME!  Two takes on the work:

Leonard Bernstein & the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (probably from the 1960s), a treat to watch Bernstein conduct:

And, interestingly, Stravinsky wrote a version for piano (2 performers, 4 hands, 1 piano) which was published about a year before the Orchestral/Ballet version (one can only imagine what it was like to hear Stravinsky and Claude Debussy performing it to an unsuspecting audience in 1912).  Here is a stunning performance by Dutch Brothers Lucas & Arthur Jussen:

 

EVERYTHING – mini masterpiece from David OReilly

This is (I guess) a promo for an interactive game with the tag “Be the Universe in this epic reality simulation game” created by David OReilly.  I better stop there.  I am NOT a gamer, and I have no business trying to explain a world I can not understand.  BUT, as a film, a meditation, a work of art, EVERYTHING is a work of great beauty.  Give it a chance to grow on you, let it unfold before your eyes and mind.  Featuring narration by philosopher Alan Watts.  Inspired.

 

Bruce Conner and the Art of Juxtaposition

conner-imagef-00003Dennis Hopper called Bruce Conner “the most important artist of the 20th century”.  He frequently recycled stock footage, found objects, photographs, clippings, whatever, into “assemblages” filled with irony, humor & pathos.  I first encountered Conner via “A MOVIE” in High School nearly 50 years ago, and either consciously or sub-consciously, he has been a huge influence on my film work.  Bruce Conner:  It’s All True is a career spanning retrospective which will be at SFMOMA (San Francisco) from late October to January 2017.

“Mongoloid” is a Music Video Conner did for Devo.