Independent Communications Associates
Most widely held works by Independent Communications Associates
Stravinsky's Rite of spring ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 413 libraries worldwide
Music director Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony go from the salons of St. Petersburg to the villages where Stravinsky found inspiration in the earthy power of Russian folk music and dance. Thomas then retraces Stravinsky's journey to the cultural crossroads of pre-war Paris, where the composer collaborates with the great impresario Diaghilev and his star dancer Nijinsky to develop the shocking, erotic, and violent evocation of pagan Russia that became The Rite of Spring. Includes a live performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and music from The Firebird by the San Francisco Symphony, with Thomas conducting.
Copland and the American sound ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 374 libraries worldwide
"Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony explore the music of Copland and the cityscapes, landscapes, and social and political developments that shaped it"--Container.
Beethoven's Eroica ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 353 libraries worldwide
San Francisco Symphony's music director, Michael Tilson Thomas, retraces Beethoven's steps through Vienna's aristocratic ballrooms and Austria's rustic villages, exploring how Beethoven channeled his fears of deafness, his admiration for Napoleon, and his obsession to prove himself the greatest composer of his time and to write the Eroica. Includes a live performance of Beethoven's Eroica by the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
The making of a performance Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 248 libraries worldwide
Includes a documentary hosted by the San Francisco Symphony's music director Michael Tilson Thomas, who discusses the drama, pathos, elation, and despair embodied in Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony; the documentary features interviews with musicians as it takes the viewer behind the scenes to experience the preparation that goes into a performance of the piece. Also includes a live performance of the complete Tchaikovsky 4th by the San Francisco Symphony, with Thomas conducting.
Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 183 libraries worldwide
" 'I feel, therefore I am.' For Hector Berlioz, and for the Romantic movement he personified, those were words to live by. But with the unprecedented outpouring of emotion in his Symphonie fantastique he almost overpowered Paris. This orchestral sonic spectacular, written to win the heart of a beautiful actress, demanded sacrifice from its author and his audience. From romantic daydreams to deadly displays of devotion, the symphony relates an 'episode in the life of an artist,' that artist being the love-obsessed composer himself. Join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as they follow Berlioz to the brink in this episode of Keeping Score"--Container.
Shostakovich Symphony no.5 ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 177 libraries worldwide
"This DVD investigates the arresting music that would either redeem Shostakovich or doom him. Did he dare hide a kernel of music criticism in what appears to be a paean to the motherland? Join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as they explore the hidden language of this masterwork. What Shostakovich has to say might depend on what you're brave enough to hear"-- Container.
Ives Holidays symphony ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 164 libraries worldwide
"Ranging from tender sentiment to savage chaos, the music of early 20th-century composer Charles Ives explores an essentially American riddle: how can we survive the relentless assault of our own success? It was an enigma Ives embodied himself. He believed that we should all be brave enough to go it alone--yet he earned his living in insurance! In this DVD, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony unwrap the layers of Ives' to reveal a surprising musical portrait of New England. The four movements journey across the terrain of the seasons. From the intimacy of the winter hearth to the explosive concussion of the 4th of July, discover the insights Ives liberates in his music's confrontational crunch. Join Michael Tilson Thomas as he, the San Francisco Symphony, and Charles Ives belt it out over truth, beauty and the American way"-- Container.
What is music ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and held by 161 libraries worldwide
"This program examines sound-waves: why some sounds are musical and others just noise, and the relationship of regularity or irregularity of vibration to the perception of musicality, as well as such non-scientific questions as the cultural content of musical perception."--Container.
The power of the sun ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 155 libraries worldwide
"The Power of the Sun" tells the story of how the ideas and the technology to tap the sun's rays as a source of clean, safe, and renewable energy were first developed. Presented in an understandable and entertaining way, the film explains Einstein's theory of light as packets of energy, called photons, and the development of the photovoltaic cell as a practical, increasingly efficient converter of light into electrical energy. The history of manufacturing silicon-based photovoltaic cells and the development of solar panels are also examined. The second film, "The Power of the Sun: The Science of the Silicon Solar Cell," is an explanation of a solar cell and how it functions. The film is aimed at science teachers who are working with 12th graders or college freshmen in the areas of chemistry and/or physics, materials science, and engineering.
The goddess and the computer ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in English and held by 111 libraries worldwide
Examines centuries-old traditions of rice farming on Bali in which water is considered a gift from a goddess and is controlled by priests. The importance of this religious system of irrigation came to light only after newly introduced methods of rice farming were introduced as a result of the green revolution and production decreased while pests multiplied. A computer modeling system was developed which confirmed the wisdom of the old traditions.
The golden land ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in English and held by 111 libraries worldwide
Presents manifest destiny, the California gold rush, the war with Mexico, and the growth of San Francisco as depicted in the work of contemporary American artists and photographers.
The essence of an instrument ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 100 libraries worldwide
Analyses the essential features required in any instrument if a usable musical sound is to be produced. Program examines how energy can be provided, how sound can be amplified, how amplification changes the quality of sound, and the consequences for music produced by synthesizers and computers.
The West of the imagination ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 99 libraries worldwide
Presents the story of the American West as America's national myth. From the myth of romantic Indians, larger-than-life heroes and villains, nature grander and fiercer then nature itself, of untold wealth and epic human endurance, the story sweeps from the path of Lewis and Clark to the westward surge in the mid-19th century and the opening of the West via the transcontinental railroad through to the saga of the working cowboy, movie cowboys, wild West show, and country singers to the West of today which remains the land of dreams and promise.
Scales, synthesizers & samplers ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and held by 93 libraries worldwide
Covers the problems of varying degrees of loudness on harpsichords and spinets, origin of scales and the inability of keyboard instruments to produce scales in all keys exactly in tune. Synthesizers demonstrate both the problem and its solution. Also examines digital sound and musique concrete, using the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
The romantic horizon ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in English and held by 93 libraries worldwide
Discusses how the legend of the American West was preserved in the work of contemporary artists and follows the career of one in particular, George Catlin, who offered an accurate yet romanticized view of the American Indian.
Technology, trumpets & tunes ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and held by 90 libraries worldwide
This program covers all the wind instruments, including the pipe organ. It considers the way in which the technology of making instruments has affected the course of musical development. Examines the subject of vibration in tubes, the role of finger holes, and the components of tone quality, and concludes by placing a camera inside a large church organ as it's played.
Images of glory ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in English and held by 86 libraries worldwide
Explores the American discovery of the Rocky mountains through large landscapes painted by 19th century artists such as Albert Bierstadt. Also examines how artists depicted the Indian wars and the subsequent effects of these visual essays.
Science, strings, and symphonies ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
Lecturer Charles Taylor demonstrates the physics of sound and its applications in making music and musical instruments.
The wild riders ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in English and held by 81 libraries worldwide
Discusses the view of the American West as seen through the eyes of the well known artists - Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell - and how their works transformed the working cowboy into the most enduring hero-figure in American folklore. In their very different ways, both artists created a gallery of heroes that live on in the American imagination.
Play the legend ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in English and held by 77 libraries worldwide
Discusses the romanticized, popular view of the American West as it was depicted in traveling stage plays, motion pictures, and magazines during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Appalachian spring (Copland, Aaron) Art Art Artists Beethoven, Ludwig van,--1770-1827 Berlioz, Hector,--1803-1869 Biographical films Chemistry Copland, Aaron,--1900-1990 Cowboys Documentary films Documentary television programs Educational films Films--for the hearing impaired Historical television programs History Holidays (Ives, Charles) Indians Interviews Music--Acoustics and physics Musical analysis Musical instruments Musical perception Music and science Music appreciation Musicians Nonfiction films Nonfiction television programs Orchestral music--Analysis, appreciation Political science San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Silicon solar cells Solar energy Sound-waves Stravinsky, Igor,--1882-1971 Symphonie fantastique (Berlioz, Hector) Symphonies Symphonies (Beethoven, Ludwig van) Symphonies (Shostakovich, Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich) Symphonies (Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich) Symphonies--Analysis, appreciation Symphony orchestras Synthesizer (Musical instrument) Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich,--1840-1893 Television mini-series Thomas, Michael Tilson,--1944- United States Vesna svi︠a︡shchennai︠a︡ (Stravinsky, Igor) Video recordings--for the hearing impaired West (U.S.)