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Tag: documentary

A short documentary detailing the process of scoring a famed Balinese gamelan (the name refers the percussion ensemble and arrangement, as well as the genre) in MIDI notation, augmented with animated visual representation. I’ll be honest, the MIDI version lacks the resonance, both literal and figurative, that comes with a human performance. But I do appreciate this creator’s approach to finding a way into a music that’s often confounding to Western ears. [c/o MetaFilter#video

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An affecting portrait of the voice of combat sports, Mauro Ranallo. #video

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A Letterboxd list of ESPN documentaries

To keep track of what I still need to see. I watched quite a few of the initial series of 30 for 30 last summer; I can watch a good documentary about sport (or anything, really) any day. #link

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A short documentary about an incredible trove of letterpress blocks for movie advertisements dating from the early 1980s to before the Talkie era, happened upon by chance by two friends antiquing in Nebraska. It really makes stark what might be lost in the move from the tangible to the digital in media. [c/o Kottke.org#video

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