Posts Tagged ‘people’

Werner Herzog – Letzte Worte (1968)

18 June 2008

Short film by Herzog, about a hermit who is brought back to civilisation and refuses to speak (an early version of Kapsar Hauser, perhaps?), filmed in Spinalonga, Crete. Look here for short description, more details and a reference. Victoria Hislop has recently published a book about the island of Spinalonga which used to be a leper colony.

Theremin

17 June 2008

A theremin is unique among musical instruments in that it is performed without being touched by the operator. It was invented by Russian inventor Léon Theremin. To play, the player moves his hands around the antennas, controlling frequency (pitch) and amplitude (volume). The theremin is associated with “alien”, surreal, and eerie-sounding portamento, glissando, tremolo, and vibrato sounds, which led to its use in soundtracks such as Spellbound, The Lost Weekend, and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Clara Rockmore (shown in the video above) is generally considered to be the most accomplished performer ever of the theremin electronic musical instrument.

Armen Ra (pictured on the left) is chief among the contemporary thereminsts on this planet. An Armenian born in Iran with a musical family, everything Armen plays from Romantic masterpieces to Persian and Armenian classics is filled with nuance and passion. Armen designs every detail in his performance including his costumes and jewelry.

Glenn Gould

16 June 2008

A large collection of videos with Glenn Gould performing.

Face Research

16 June 2008

FaceResearch.org allows you to participate in short online psychology experiments looking at the traits people find attractive in faces and voices. Click here

Photographer’s Life

16 June 2008

A very nice selection of photos about photographers… here

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Time 100: The most important people of the century

14 June 2008

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