Category Archives: Film


As I’ve written before, one of the general ideas that holds the greatest allure for me is the discovery of long-unheard music and musical practices, of hearing again what is generally agreed to have disappeared and been forgotten, and of … Continue reading

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Sun Ra vs. The Overseer, Round 1: Judgment

Where we ended up last time:  various commentators [have] compared Space is the Place to The Seventh Seal, where a medieval knight plays a similarly high-stakes chess game with Death. The chess game in The Seventh Seal is realized fully enough for chess fans to reconstruct it and comment … Continue reading

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Sound Editing Oscar

Jim Buhler JWB here: The New York Times published a nice article by Virginia Heffernan on the nominees for Academy Award in sound editing. The article opens with this evocative bit of writing on The Hurt Locker, which I agree … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Sound, Technology | 3 Comments

MERMin’ high

Phil Ford Thanks to Musicology/Matters, I have been enjoying — and meaning to write about — Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. I know that there's a huge contingent of Whedon fans out there for whom Buffy the Vampire Slayer … Continue reading

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Where is the edge?

Phil Ford Another day, another Oblique Strategy: "Where is the edge?" is the card I pulled this morning. I confess that this isn't the first one I pulled, but it seemed most relevant to the day's business. (Am I doing … Continue reading

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Transcendence and the Wilhelm scream

Phil Ford The other day my son and his friend were playing Lego Star Wars on the computer. At one point their little Lego avatar died and let out a Wilhelm scream. “Hey, that’s a Wilhelm scream!” I said, and … Continue reading

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Phil Ford Back in the spring came a revolutionary moment in American culture whose full significance was not quite grasped at the time, although the event itself was widely seen and much commented-upon. I refer, of course, to Blake Lewis’s … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Film, Technology | 6 Comments