Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Music Studio - Harry Partch pt. 1 of 2

Harry Partch explored and devised all sorts of strange scales, tunings and intonations and made the instruments to play them. In this video he gives a demonstration of his creations including the 43 tone scale.

You'll hear in his music how he influenced the works of diverse artists such as Steve Reich, Tom Waits and The Residents.

Often, I find him to be difficult listening, but watching this video gave me a renewed appreciation.

I was drooling over those records.

pt. 2 of 2
Harry Partch Information
bonus material: Harry Partch on how to make rose petal jam


The Nag said...

Fascinating guy but I don't know if I can make it through all 15 parts. The internet appears to have impaired my attention span.

John M. said...

15 parts? Me confused...

The Nag said...

I meant 15 videos. The ones that appear on the bottom at the end? I realized I'd done this immediately upon hitting SUBMIT. This happens to me a lot lately... sigh.

John M. said...


You can get the gist of it with the one I posted, so consider yourself informed and hip to it.

I know what you mean, though. I used to watch 4 hour movies, read 1200 page books and listen to disc after disc of music, all the time. Now everything is bite sized nuggets and my brain seems to have shrunk around that format. When I'm on the computer, anyway.

Philip said...

Why not buy the real deal here?

All digitally remastered for DVD.

John M. said...

Thanks for that, Philip.

It's good to see that this is available.

I'd still love to get my hands on some of those first edition records.