Player Piano ( 56 min) Mars 13, 2004
Kurt Andersen and master film editor Walter
Murch talk about the simple and complex tools we use to innovate
in art. Pieces:
Presidential Performances, Makita Man, Garden of Earthly Delights,
Nancarrow's Player Piano.
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What Walter Murch remembers from an audio point of view
Rain People (1969) My
virgin film. It was the first film that I did sound
on, and I did everything -- recording, transferring,
cutting, mixing. It was a one-man band. Many of
the lessons that I was to learn later are present
in that film embryonically.
Godfather (1972) My
first "Hollywood" film. Taking my personal way of
doing things into an industrial environment. The
expressionistic use of sound, but integrating it
into the reality of the visual.
II (1974) Sheer
size. Three hours and 20 minutes. A very broad palette.
Lots of dynamics.
Graffiti (1973) Theme
and variation of world reverberence. The challenge
of having almost two hours of continuous music in
the background but making it seem to ebb and flow
dramatically with the scenes.
and density. The first film where I also edited picture.
Now (1979) Density
and clarity. My first film in stereo. Striving for
authenticity in both the exterior sounds of that war
and the interior state of mind of the participants.
English Patient (1996) Sound
as an emotional guide-track through the complexities