September 18, 2013
However, there was one clip that was so sublime, so perfect, so right, that even now, two years later, it makes me laugh out loud just thinking of it. I am proud to share it with you now.
Bravo, Person Who Came Up With This Idea, bravo.
The music, if you're unfamiliar with it, is the theme to the movie Koyaanisqatsi, which I loved the first time I saw it, despite the crippling handicap of being neither high nor stoned. Said theme was composed by Philip Glass, the master of taking a handful of musical nothing and making repetitive musical nothing out of it. When I was a student at Duck U., lo these many years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a speech-cum-music theory class-cum-concert featuring Mr Glass.
After the first fifteen minutes or so, I had never wanted to sneak out of something so badly in my life. Unfortunately, I was attending with my Music Appreciation (aka "Clapping For Credit") class, the event was in Madison, WI, and we all rode together in a van. I was trapped. All I remember was the incessant "tweedlytweedlytweedly" sounds coming from The Maestro's keyboard.
Despite this, the clip above is still hilarious to me. And, I hope, to you as well. Enjoy, won't you?
You'll never make it with the Artsy girl if you don't get with the program. :-)
(I was laughing just reading the title before I even ran the video. Could have been worse though. There's always Terry Reilly's "In C".)
Posted by: Mauser at September 19, 2013 03:47 AM (TJ7ih)
That clip, though. Utter brilliance, and I had to stifle laughter or risk alarming the roommates. (Yes, I watched "Koyaanisqatsi." In the theater.) (Also "Chronos," an IMAX presentation in a similar but much shorter vein.) (I really wish "Chronos" was available on BluRay.)
(Wait, it's available on BluRay?!? HOT DAMN.)
Posted by: GreyDuck at September 19, 2013 07:27 AM (CUkqs)
Posted by: Mycroft W at September 19, 2013 10:46 AM (Z484j)
Posted by: RickC at September 19, 2013 12:28 PM (A9FNw)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 19, 2013 12:29 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Don at September 19, 2013 02:43 PM (NwobM)
Philip Glass is the charlatan who inflicted a piece called IIRC "4:34" on the world. It's a piano piece in which the performer sits silently, doing nothing, for four and a half minutes. Then everyone applauds.
I thought his music worked well in Koyaanisqatsi, but that's because it fitted the visuals, which were also about repetitive and apparently pointless motion. But I've never even tried to listen to anything else he's done. "Minimalism" is the most stupid thing to happen to classical music. In 50 years it will be a forgotten footnote.
Glass is the musical equivalent of those modern "artists" whose art is a plea for attention with no apparent artistry involved. The message, to the extent that there is one, is "Stop ignoring me!"
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 19, 2013 09:50 PM (+rSRq)
Maybe because they got to me early with Geometry of Circles on Sesame Street, but I've rather enjoyed Glass' work over the years.
Posted by: JP Gibb at September 20, 2013 06:40 AM (VSD03)
Posted by: Don at September 20, 2013 07:50 AM (NwobM)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 20, 2013 11:33 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Mycroft W at September 20, 2013 02:31 PM (Z484j)
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Posted by: Mauser at September 21, 2013 03:27 AM (TJ7ih)
There's a bit in the movie where part of an exploded Atlas rocket (no, not a Space Shuttle as is commonly assumed) is tumbling to the ground in slow motion with that bit of music in the Haruhi video you see in the post, droning on as the flaming debris tumbles.
Or it feels that way, anyway.
Posted by: GreyDuck at September 21, 2013 04:17 PM (CUkqs)
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Posted by: Wonderduck at September 21, 2013 09:57 PM (dM817)
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