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Touch The Sound (2004)

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


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Evelyn Glennie is one of the world's most celebrated percussionists, and has produced acclaimed work in the classical, pop, and avant-garde fields. Glennie's collaborators include Icelandic avant-pop darling Bjrk, bluegrass-turned-jazz virtuoso Bla Fleck, the traditional Japanese ensemble Kodo, and pianist Murray Perahia. What makes Glennie's accomplishments all the more remarkable is the fact she is "profoundly deaf" -- a neurological disorder that surfaced in her childhood robbed her of most … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas Riedelsheimer
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 30, 2006
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Touch The Sound

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (22)

[A] fascinating portrait.

Full Review… | April 15, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A coy yet worthy profile of celebrated Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Riedelsheimer gives the viewer not only Glennie's music, but her own experience of it.

Full Review… | November 28, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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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Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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.

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John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

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

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lesleyanorton
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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