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If you build it, will they come?

In last week’s talk about theater, Tim Crouch lamented what he saw as theater’s betrayal of its own strengths, its own theatricality. Most pieces, as well as most audience’s expectations, rely heavily on naturalism, costumes, sets, and dialogue that create the illusion that some other part of of the world was surgically cut out of the fabric of its own reality and transported to the 30’X15′ footprint of the stage. Couch’s concern was that film and television will always be able to create the more convincing reality, and that theater would do well to focus on the headier, more existential issues that it’s immediacy is suited for.

I’m torn by this assertion. On the one hand, I’m right there with him believing that naturalistic linear narrative ranks pretty high on the ho-humeter. But while a majority of the shows produced follow that aesthetic, there is a wealth of theater made for those of us who want something else, and much of it is quite good. Continue Reading

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My Spoon is Too Big! The non-invisible Don Hertzfeldt.

I just got home from the the San Francisco International Film Festival where they awarded animator Don Hertzfeldt their (somewhat cloyingly named) “Persistence of Vision” award. The presentation featured a 90 minute long selection of his works followed by a (too) brief question and answer session. I had already seen almost all of the filmsContinue Reading

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When theater is a joke. Or vice versa.

There’s a fine line between a practical joke and engaging theater. This video (courtesy of the always entertaining Mind the Gap blog) documents an elaborate prank the likes of which could only be organized in the name of global commerce and fermented barley beverages. 1,000 soccer fans were forced to miss a championship game byContinue Reading

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Too Much Workshop Makes the Weekend Go Fast

Every time I’m in New York, I make it a point to see Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.  Every time.   And I try to drag as many friends as possible (as any of my Facebook friends who live in NY can attest.) One visit I went to both weekend shows.  ThisContinue Reading

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Live! Nude! Opera!

Disclaimer – this essay doesn’t have a lot to do with nudity or sex. The title and photo are there to draw your attention to a topic that you may otherwise find fairly dry and uninteresting, even though I happen to care about it a lot. Specifically this is an essay about how opera survivesContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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A lovely convergence of my favorite things

I’m on something of a David O’Reilly kick here.  His stuff is fascinating.  And I just discovered that he made a video for the Venetian Snares track Szamar Madar off of their unpronounceable but very listenable DnB/IDM/Classical mashup album Rossz Csillag Alatt Született, which happens to be one of my favorite albums ever. And then onContinue Reading

2 Responses to A lovely convergence of my favorite things

  1. gerald rosen says:

    There must be something wrong with one of us, because I kind of like this music.

  2. Brian Rosen says:

    Wow. If I manage to get my dad interested in The Venetian Snares, then this blog has truly fulfilled its purpose.

    Actually, it’s not that surprising. I got my taste from somewhere. And the rest of the album may be a bit glitchy and noisy for you, but there’s a lot to like. It’s pretty much Stravinsky with the rhythms turned to 11 (and the harmonies turned down to 3 or 4).

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Newsflash: Crappy Movie Wins an Oscar

Yeah.  I know it’s not news. I’m used to the best film not winning, but it really galls me when the WORST film nominated gets the prize. Sure, none of the nominated films were all that great, but jeesh, what was the Academy thinking? Logorama is really the best animated short film of the year?Continue ReadingContinue Reading

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  1. anonymous says:

    http://motionographer.com/2009/09/24/when-graphic-plays-beyond-narrative/

    maybe that will change your mind about logorama. but I agree that david’s film was the best of that year.

  2. Brian Rosen says:

    Thanks for the link. It definitely doesn’t change my mind. In some cases, it makes me dislike the short even more. So “all van drivers have mustaches” is the reason that Mr. Pringle is the van driver? The author contends that this is evidence that “The film is not just a haphazard amalgamation of commercial symbols though. It is a carefully instigated scenario that took on challenging artistic as well as technical decisions.”

    I remain unconvinced. These guys have nothing to say.

  3. oscar the grouch says:

    PSS was hands down my favorite last year. IMO Logorama’s victory was predictable however given the value placed on political message in the Oscars of late.

  4. James says:

    Please Say Something made me completely change my mind about 3D animation, I had been completely put off 99% of it (probably because of the low quality soulless 3D films Hollywood has been churning out ) until I saw PSS.

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On non-invisible music

Fractal expert Loren Carpenter brought my attention to a technical paper that found evidence that the distribution of shot lengths in cinema have been steadily evolving over the past 100 years to exhibit a 1/f power distribution.Your first question is probably, “what the hell is a 1/f power distribution”. And your second question is probablyContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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