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starstarstarhalf a starBecause Stravinsky Said It

May 17th, 2011

This is the most comprehensive and precise visual record about the ongoing argument over the "borrowing" of audio records. Is there such thing as the "art of sampling"? Is a turntable even an "instrument"? To legal authorities, these questions are unimportant. The re-use of previously recorded sounds is legally consequential though, and this film gives valuable arguments for why this should or should NOT be. As a music fanatic, this film gives further insight into not just the history of sampling but also the legal functions behind this controversial topic. Franzen uses his talents (along with visual and audio mixing by Eclectic Method) to create both a visually and auditorially engaging piece. An important work to be placed in the archive along with Clyde Stubblefield.

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starstarstarhalf a starWho knew..

Apr 22nd, 2011

Who knew that inventing candy would be so difficult? Not me.. Weird Al (featured in the Doc) had a pretty good idea though. This is one of those docs you've never thought of, but happy it exists. A great and informative look into the life of David Klein, the creator of the world renowned Jelly Belly. Inspiring in some senses.

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starstarstarhalf a starAlternative lifestyles

Apr 22nd, 2011

This is a window into the the most extreme version of 'alternative lifestyles' I have ever seen. I would have never guessed that something like this existed in the states. With a shortage on almost everything essential (including sanity) the people on the Mesa miraculously make it year to year. A great glimpse into true alternative.

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