The Colors of the Prism, The Mechanics of Time (2011)





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This film will investigate the prolific musical period that begins in the middle of the 1960s and continues to the beginning of the 21st century: a half a century of music history in the United States. This motion picture won't be the portrait of the person who'll serve as the "leitmotif" of this survey, - even if this film will be based on the passionate viewpoints of Daniel Caux, who at the same time is a musicologist, essayist, activist, radioman, promoter and friend of the musicians who will be the subject of this film - but rather the portrait of a particularly astounding era. Daniel Caux unfailing commitment has furthered the convergence, intersection and connection between so called "scholarly" music and popular music from the western world, whether it be music by chance, or minimalism music, or jazz, or techno. Inquisitive and ahead of his time, he has continuously worked to promote and gain acceptance for these "revolutionary" musical styles from their very inception. Therefore, this story will essentially take place in the United States. Numerous archival images of these revolutionary moments, always controversial when they first happen, will be coupled with recent footage, shot on location, using the actors essential to these various aesthetic movements. --(c) Jacqueline Caux
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Critic Reviews for The Colors of the Prism, The Mechanics of Time

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

This frustrating film is often a chore to sit through.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
New York Times
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What such outside-the-box artists deserve is a survey as purposefully atonal, boundaryless and visionary as the work they make-and Jacqueline Caux's look at contemporary musical mavericks hits two out of those three targets.

Full Review… | June 14, 2011
Time Out
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Aside from some interim scenes dwelling on broody cityscapes, the presentation is straightforward, the interviews candid and familiar, with appeal for both novices and disciples.

Full Review… | June 14, 2011
Village Voice
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Electronica is the next progression, and Jacqueline Caux caps her otherwise rarified musical program with a rave anthem from Plastikman to drive the point home.

Full Review… | June 14, 2011
Slant Magazine

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