Listen (1992)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Sociology  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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With the documentary Sound, the innovative and experimental filmmaker Miroslav Sebestik provides a protracted cinematic exploration of the nature of sound per se. Taking full advantage of film's aural potential, Sebestik not only works in insightful, exploratory interviews with such luminaries as the late John Cage (the creator of the earth-shaking Roaratorio) and sound painter Knud Victor, but presents the audience with such euphonic and seldom-isolated sounds as a rabbit sleeping, the mechanical rhythm of a seabound river tugboat and an experimental symphony inspired by the noises of machine operations - to name only a few among a myriad of haunting examples. The program also explores the questions of how we listen and how we can direct our minds to listen more effectively - more artfully.