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While still a student, Evelyn Glennie learned that she was going deaf. Rather than abandon her study of music, in which she had shown such talent, she instead turned her focus toward percussion instruments and developed her ability to feel the sound through her body. This documentary follows her as she performs in New York, Germany and Tokyo, sharing her insights into the nature of music and the ways in which we experience it. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
"Touch The Sound" is one of those rare, life-altering experiences that moves me to the core every time I think about it. After seeing (and hearing) this docudrama for the first time, I became more sensitive to everyday, mundane noises and was reminded for the first time since I was a child that music is more than just prepackaged sound that we consume like fast food. Music is truly all around us, in every crack and crevice, waiting to be experienced. In our everyday existence, life gets chaotic and distracting, and we forget about the small discoveries of our youth that kept us fascinated and alive.
Evelyn Glennie is completely in tune with this child-like sense of wonder. Perhaps it is her handicap (what a stupid word) that forces her to hear the world differently, but she serves as a lesson for us to appreciate our hearing and the little noises and vibrations that we often tune out everyday. Her artistry (as well as the filmmaker and the people she meets along the way, especially the avant-garde guitarist-I have stupidly forgotten their names) is beyond inspiring. This is a lovingly crafted tribute to sound and to a beautiful person and musician.
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