Thursday, 14 February 2008

A Valentine rose from Mr Henson: Time Piece by Jim Henson [1965]

Dislocation in time, time signatures, time as a philosophical concept, and slavery to time are some of the themes touched upon in this nine-minute, experimental film, which was written, directed, and produced by Jim Henson-and starred Jim Henson! Screened for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art in May of 1965, Time Piece enjoyed an eighteen-month run at one Manhattan movie theater and was nominated for an Academy Award for outstanding short subject.
The rest is history... I like the Kermit voiced "Help!" throughout.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Is There A Dose Of Theremin In The House?

From 1966 Game Show, I've Got A Secret with host Gary Morse.

This "musical Instrument" has a cult following to this day and a growing number of new Theremin players.

Friday, 1 February 2008

It's Madison Time!

1964: Anna Karina, Sammy Frey and Claude Brassuer dance the Madison in Jean-Luc Godard's, Bande à part (Band Of Outsiders)

Basic step: step F [forward] on L Q [left, quick], tap R toe behind L foot & clap Q, step B [back] on R Q, tap L toe to R Q, to L Q, to R Q. repeat 6C [count] until caller says "hit it" after calling out a step. Twist arms opposite hips on toe taps.

Wilt Chamberlain: 2 Up 4C while bouncing a ball with R hand, jump ¼L & take hook shot with R arm S, jump ¼R S, 2 Back 4C. Can say "2 points" and hold up 2 fingers on last 4C.

Jackie Gleason: 2 Up 4C while facing R & dropping fists with each step, face F & raise R leg F S, bring R foot B to L of L knee Q, rest Q, charge F onto R Q, rest Q, step B onto L Q, step B onto R Q. Can say "away we go" while charging.