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Touch the Sound (2004)

Cast: Evelyn Glennie, Evelyn Glennie
Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer, Thomas Riedelsheimer
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Studio: New Video Group
Genre: Documentary, Foreign
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: English
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Evelyn Glennie is one of the world's most celebrated percussionists, and has produced acclaimed work in the classical, pop, and avant-garde fields. Glennie's collaborators include Icelandic avant-pop darling Bjrk, bluegrass-turned-jazz virtuoso Bla Fleck, the traditional Japanese ensemble Kodo, and pianist Murray Perahia. What makes Glennie's accomplishments all the more remarkable is the fact she is "profoundly deaf" -- a neurological disorder that surfaced in her childhood robbed her of most of her hearing, and while she can still pick up certain sounds, she primarily relies on feeling vibrations through her feet and her body to stay in communication with her musical partners. But Glennie has not only refused to see her hearing loss as a drawback, she generally doesn't acknowledge it in interviews or press releases, and has said she believes hearing is simply another form of touch. Touch the Sound is a documentary that looks at Glennie's life and career as she follows her passion for music, including her never-ending search for new instruments and percussive objects, her work with other hearing-impaired musicians, and a collaborative improvisational session with guitarist Fred Frith. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Hearing in a Different Manner, Making Music That Way, Too by talltale June 4, 2006 - 7:14 AM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
As was Thomas Riedelsheimer's earlier documentary "Rivers & Tides" (for me, at least), TOUCH THE SOUND is equal parts interesting and oddly-distanced, as it semi-examines the life and work of nearly-deaf musician Evelyn Glennie. Sometimes visually stunning, it meanders around and about, letting us see and hear Glennie here and there (her trip to Japan proved most interesting for me) as she makes music (to my taste, again, only partially successful) and talks about her state of being and her work. This is the sort of film that some will love to distraction, while it bores others to nearly that same extent. I'm somewhere in the middle: while I found the subject worthwhile, I wonder if another filmmaker might have captured Glennie and her work in a more solid manner. If you're into "elusive," however, this may fill the bill perfectly.

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(Average 6.78)
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