Touch the Sound

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

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At age 8, Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie realized she was going deaf. A high school teacher advised her to practice without a hearing aid, responding to the music with her other senses. This documentary follows her travels as she demonstrates her ability to play music using vibrations and other tactile sensations. Included is everything from public performances at Grand Central Station in New York City to collaborative work on an improvised album in an abandoned factory in Berlin.

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Audience Reviews for Touch The Sound

  • Jun 19, 2013
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2009
    Interesting exploration of sound in a documentary about Evelyn Glennie, world class percussionist. Doubly interesting because she's also deaf.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2008
    fascinating insight to a wonderful musician. listen carefully. some terrific visuals as well.
    chase _ Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2005
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic] [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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