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Touch The Sound (2004)

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88

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 6

Not only does this documentary introduce viewers to Glennie, it gives them a taste of how she perceives the world.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 2

Not only does this documentary introduce viewers to Glennie, it gives them a taste of how she perceives the world.

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A portrait of Evelyn Glennie, a solo orchestral percussionist who has achieved global acclaim as a virtuoso, despite her deafness. Through the rhythms of Glennie sound is touched--the beat of the universe is felt. Thomas Riedelsheimer takes viewers on an expedition with Scottish percussionist Glennie into the center of the sound world--a journey involving each of our senses. See, feel, and embrace the sound. Evelyn's postcards from her journey across the world feed into the creation of music

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (6) | DVD (4)

[A] fascinating portrait.

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A coy yet worthy profile of celebrated Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Touch the Sound is remarkable not only because of Glennie's story -- a clinically deaf Grammy-winning musician who has played with the world's great orchestras -- but for the way Riedelsheimer uses sound.

December 8, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The movie makes an interesting addition to what could become Riedelsheimer's evolving and extraordinary gallery of movies that bring the creative process to life.

December 2, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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It will be frustrating if you expect narrative and linear development. But if you take it on as a new point of view, valuable even if you don't completely comprehend it yet, Touch the Sound is worth the trip.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Riedelsheimer gives the viewer not only Glennie's music, but her own experience of it.

November 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Thomas Riedelsheimer's portrait of deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie is an absolute masterwork, both of filmmaking and of musicianship.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It doesn't help when Glennie tries to elucidate her feelings about nature and music in holistic, broad strokes that border on nonsense.

May 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A documentary that artfully blends sound, image and biography.

January 13, 2006
Salt Lake Tribune

Riedelsheimer sees Glennie as an angel of hyperawareness and possessor of special spiritual wisdom.

December 31, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's a contemplative piece of work that will leave you questioning the nature of what is audible -- particularly those parts that 'hearing' people tend to tune out or ignore.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Touch the Sound is a completely joyful moviegoing experience and, like the best movies, it takes you to a place you've never been.

December 1, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

You may find your own sense of hearing transformed by this global tour of the senses.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

They get some amazing sounds from unusual sources... This film is a visual and auditory experience.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

You'll either sail along with it contentedly, or you'll start to think halfway through that maybe the movie could have been a lot shorter and made its points just as well.

October 30, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

An often-lovely impressionistic look at the life of a famous avant-garde percussionist who generates a wonderful world of sound, despite being deaf.

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A film that succeeds both as biography and poetic travelogue.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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Audience Reviews for Touch The Sound

[font=Century Gothic]"Touch the Sound" is an illuminating documentary about Evelyn Glennie, a world class percussionist. It traces her creating her unique music both on her own and with collaborators from the streets of New York City to a disused factory in Cologne, Germany to Japan. Drums and a gong are the more traditional instruments used. Glennie makes use of pretty much everything under the sun.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Now, here is the twist: Glennie is severely hearing impaired.(She does not use a hearing aid because she can hear her music better through her sense of touch. This might explain why she performs barefoot...) Glennie's hearing impairment adds a whole another dimension to this documentary. Like the people in "Murderball", she takes a disability and turns it back on itself. Also, the movie made me think about how we hear the sounds around us. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Thomas Riedelsheimer uses the same visual style he employed in "Rivers and Tides." There is great photography, especially of New York City.[/font]
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September 19, 2005
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Walter M.

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I think it goes to prove that you can make a living and be a total weirdo. This woman should hook up with the Soundtracker. He hasn't figured out how to go around listening to things and make money off of it.
June 19, 2013
John Ballantine

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Interesting exploration of sound in a documentary about Evelyn Glennie, world class percussionist. Doubly interesting because she's also deaf.
November 12, 2009
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