HARRY PARTCH -
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VHS

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INNO 400 INNO 400
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Innova Recordings is the label run by the Minnesota Composer's Forum, and they are releasing this shocking series of Harry Partch archival items. This first volume, in video form, is subtitled: Four historic art films by Madeline Tourtelot with music by Harry Partch. Simply put, this is an all-time visual treat for anyone interested in the state of the universe. There is an 18 minute film that acts as a documentary about Partch's home made instruments -- full color footage shot in 1958, showing him playing all the instruments in his Chicago studio, packing orders of his Gate 5 LPs, etc. Equally mindblowing is another 25 minute film, shot in the same studio around the same time, with his full ensemble performing "U.S. Highball." I think it's possible to say that these 2 films are the ultimate artifacts to use in the discovery and enjoyment of this utterly unique composer -- nothing else could get it across better. The other two films included are experimental movies by Tourtelot, with soundtracks performed by Partch. "Rotate the Body in All Its Planes" is a dizzying gymnastics display and quite funny. "Windsong" features the ancient Greek legend of Daphe and Apollo as they are transported to Lake Michigan. It too is a cracker. Total time is about 68 minutes; comes with a 12 page book, including Partch's original notes about the films. Last copies on VHS.