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2 Music Documentaries - What Is Music?, On The Art, Science, Craft And Psychology Of Music Exposed; And Dancing With The Devil, About Satanic And Subliminal Messages Embedded Into Rock Music - Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS In All Regions DVD Format!
WHAT IS MUSIC? (56 Minutes, Color, 1989)
This is where Science meets music! How do you make musical sounds? What makes a fine old instrument fine, or a completely new one valid? How does music and the mind affect one another? All these questions and more are asked and extensively answered in the course of this exploratory documentary from the venerable Nova TV series, going to a centuries-old bell manufacturing concern in Holland where computer technology was first being applied; the National Cathedral in Washington's 13th century organ where its conception and musical production is compared to a 1989 era synthesizer; the famed Anechoic Chamber sound proof room of Bell Labs in Murray Hill NJ where studies were ongoing to digitally copy and reconstruct by computer sounds based on their wave characteristics; violinist Zina Schiff's collaboration with chemistry professor at Texas A&M University Joseph Nagyvary to duplicate the wood composition of Stradivarius violins; the quest for making computerized music adaptable to human touch; a scientific analysis of how human musicianship and interpretation differs from a mere mechanical playing of notes in time; Dr. Diana Deutsch's experiments in how the human mind creates melodic integration out of dis-integrated melodic phrases to create a coherent whole, and compares her research to the symphonies penned by composers who deliberately employed such techniques; neuroscientist Dr. Manfred Clynes' revolutionary work in the area of how human touch is a vehicle for emotional expressiveness which lead to discoveries of a universality of expressions of specific emotions as expressed through use of the hands and fingers; and more besides!
DANCING WITH THE DEVIL (49 Minutes, Color, 1991)
This documentary begins in musical innovator Prince's hometown of Minneapolis with a night time burning of record albums deemed offensive by Christian fundamentalists. Their negative reaction to suggestive lyrics such as those in Prince's songs are understandable, being founded upon traditional standards, even more so when it comes to death metal, and especially so regarding Satanic rock; but they also assert that the easy-listening music of Bob Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" is about drugs and that of the rock band The Eagles is about Satanism, assertions pressed to the point that many believe that they have taken their arguments too far. Simultaneously, the PMRC moved to put Parental Advisory labels (PALs) on audio recordings deemed to have excessive profanities or inappropriate references, with the intention of alerting parents of potentially unsuitable material for younger children. While some may consider such labels a justifiable reaction to explicit material in art, their validity regarding supposed subliminal messages contained in rock music is best dramatized by the 1989 court case against Heavy Metal band Judas Priest, in which a lawsuit that alleged that subliminal messages were embedded in the song "Better By You, Better Than Me" which had caused the suicide of two young men in Sparks, Nevada resulted in a highly publicized public trial in which the band and their record company CBS were found not guilty due to lack of evidence.
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