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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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 Björk, bluegrass-turned-jazz virtuoso Béla 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 of her hearing, and while she can still pick up certain sounds, she primarily relies on feeling vibrations through her feet and her body to stay in communication with her musical partners. But Glennie has not only refused to see her hearing loss as a drawback, she generally doesn't acknowledge it in interviews or press releases, and has said she believes hearing is simply another form of touch. Touch the Sound is a documentary that looks at Glennie's life and career as she follows her passion for music, including her never-ending search for new instruments and percussive objects, her work with other hearing-impaired musicians, and a collaborative improvisational session with guitarist Fred Frith. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Touch The Sound

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  • [A] fascinating portrait.

    Apr 15, 2009 | Full Review…
  • A coy yet worthy profile of celebrated Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Raven Snook

    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.

    Dec 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    Dec 2, 2005 | Rating: B+
  • 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.

    Dec 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Riedelsheimer gives the viewer not only Glennie's music, but her own experience of it.

    Nov 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Touch The Sound

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 Ballantine
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.

Lesley N
Lesley N

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[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.
Walter M.

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