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Independent Communications Associates

Works: 138 works in 267 publications in 1 language and 10,734 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Internet videos  Documentary films  Interviews  Nonfiction films  Instructional films  Biographical films  Popular works  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 780.92
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Most widely held works by Independent Communications Associates
Journey of the universe( Visual )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Journey of the universe guides us through an elegant telling of the ways in which galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms emerged within the vast drama of the universe, from the origins of life to our present challenges. Today the survival of species and entire ecosystems depends upon the choices humans make
Stravinsky's Rite of spring( Visual )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 504 WorldCat member 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
John Cleese's wine for the confused( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Join John Cleese on an entertaining and informative look at the world of wine. Learn how to find wines that taste good to you, how to make sure you get the best value, and how to keep and serve wine at home
Beethoven's Eroica( Visual )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member 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
Copland and the American sound by David Kennard( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Franciso Symphony explore the music of Copland and the cityscapes, landscapes, and social and political developments that shaped it"--Container
What is music?( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member 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
Scales, synthesizers, and samplers( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member 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
Technology, trumpets, and tunes( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite its title, this program actually 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, particularly the development of valves for trumpets and Boehm's system of woodwind keys. The program examines the subject of vibrations in tubes, the role of finger holes, and the components of tone quality. It concludes by putting a camera inside a large church organ to show what happens inside this marvelous combination of thousands of pipes, hundreds of yards of pneumatic tubing or electric cables, and countless valves or relays in response to the movements of the organist's hands and feet
Science, strings, and symphonies( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lecturer Charles Taylor demonstrates the physics of sound and its applications in making music and musical instruments
Shostakovich : Symphony no. 5 by Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Blu-ray disc 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
Africa's children : Kenyan women in transition( Visual )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program explores the pressures on female adolescents in the Third World through the stories of four young Kenyan women growing up in a time of cultural upheaval: Christine, a Masai who escaped an arranged marriage so she could study law; Dekha, brought up in a rigidly patriarchal Muslim town, who aspires to be a doctor; Anastasia, who works on her family's farm while yearning to become a Catholic nun; and Mboone, who dreams of exchanging her affluent urban lifestyle for a career of service in the UN, to help improve the lives of women all over the world. Female circumcision, polygyny, AIDS, reproductive choice, equal access to education, and other issues are discussed with candor
Hector Berlioz : Symphonie fantastique( Visual )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member 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
The making of a performance : Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member 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
Time and money( Visual )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this program, Dominic Fonti observes the effects of stress tests on a mock-up of the Worldwide Plaza exterior wall; laborers begin building the skyscraper's frame and pouring its floors; William Zeckendorf's staff deals with design changes demanded by future tenant Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, which alters the schedule and budget of the entire project; and the architects and developers go head to head over the color of the structure's exterior bricks. A trip to Glen-Gery Brick, based in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, demonstrates how the nearly 1.25 million bricks needed for the glass-and-masonry tower are manufactured
The Enchanted loom : processing sensory information( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The brain-the "Enchanted Loom," as Sir Charles Sherrington, one of the founders of modern brain research, called it-is the most intricate, almost unfathomably complex product of evolution. It is a tapestry woven of a hundred billion threads-the fibers of all its nerve cells. Computers have large memories and prodigious abilities to calculate, but are slow at interpreting visual images that the human brain recognizes at a glance. This program looks at the range of sensory information that is transmitted to the human cerebral cortex, and examines how the brain sorts and classifies sensory information, searching for clues and interpreting them on the basis of expectation, past experience, and information from other sources. The senses provide the information, and the brain provides the meaning
The Last neandertal : competing theories of human origins( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among scientists, Africa is the undisputed birthplace of humanity. But anthropologists are split into two camps over other questions. How many waves of Homo sapiens migrated out of Africa? Did other highly developed hominid species-such as Homo neanderthalensis-make the same journey? And to what extent did these populations mingle and compete with each other? This classic program presents differing viewpoints about the age and development of the Neandertal-and about how the vanished species figures in the story of modern humanity's rise. The film features prominent voices in the ongoing debate, including Milford Wolpoff, Chris Stringer, Lewis Binford, and others
Steel and stone( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program tracks the progress being made on the Worldwide Plaza, as metalworkers, stone masons, and other specialists exercise their skills. In addition, a subcontractor who has fallen significantly behind schedule, the burden of late fees if tenant Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide cannot move in on time, and public relations problems jeopardize the success of the project. A tour of a quarry in Venice, where the skyscraper's stonework is cut and polished, showcases a mock-up of one of the Plaza's granite columns
Past and future by Open University( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program traces the evolution of the American skyscraper over the 20th century and speculates on the skyscraper of the future. A study of landmark structures ranging from the Home Insurance Building and the Singer Building, to the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, to the World Trade Center and the Sears Tower serves as a timeline of U.S. skyscraper history. In addition, some of America's best-known architects and engineers explain how they have overcome the challenges of constructing higher and higher buildings. (52 minutes)
Rock and paper( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program introduces the major players in the Worldwide Plaza construction project, including developer William Zeckendorf, Jr.; architect David Childs, of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; and construction manager Dominic Fonti, of HRH Construction, as they begin work on the building. The design process, the raising of capital and recruitment of future tenants, and site excavation and preparation are featured. A visit to Mosher Steel, in Houston, illustrates how raw steel is fabricated into the columns and beams that are to form the structure's skeleton
The Essence of an instrument( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program is devoted to analyzing the essential features required in any instrument if a usable musical sound is to be produced. The first requirement is for a device that will produce regularity of pressure change, whether a vibration or wobble, a rotation (like the wheel of a siren), vibration of air in pipes, or tightly stretched strings, or more or less flat plates, or hollow vessels like bells. The program examines how energy can be provided to produce a continuous note, how sound can be amplified, how amplification changes the quality of sound, and the consequences for music produced by synthesizers and computers
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