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Independent Communications Associates

Works: 132 works in 221 publications in 1 language and 7,712 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  History  Popular works  Biography 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 780.92
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Most widely held works by Independent Communications Associates
John Cleese's wine for the confused ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 538 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
Stravinsky's Rite of spring by David Kennard( Visual )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 491 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
Copland and the American sound by David Kennard( Visual )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member 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 )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Se repasa la historia sobre la composición de la obra Eroica de Beethoven, teniendo en cuenta aspectos que el compositor canalizó, tales como, su miedo a la sordera, su admiración por Napoleón y su obsesión por probarse a si mismo como el mejor compositor de todos los tiempos
The making of a performance : Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 282 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
Hector Berlioz : Symphonie fantastique ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 274 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
Journey of the universe ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 273 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
Shostakovich : Symphony no. 5 ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member 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 227 WorldCat member 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
Science, strings, and symphonies ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Two groups of instruments use strings as the primary source of sound: those in which plucking sets the strings in vibration, and the bowed strings. This program shows how the demand for more powerful sounds was met, and examines the instruments of Stradivari to determine what science can and cannot reveal about their magic. It also examines the ways in which scientific methods complement the skill of craftsmen in making instruments. (60 minutes)
The power of the sun ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member 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
A year in Burgundy ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Follows seven wine-making families in the Burgundy of France through the course of a full year, and delves into the cultural and creative process of making wine, as well as its deep ties to the land
Gustav Mahler origins and legacy ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the provincial Austro-Hungarian city of Mahler's childhood. He traces Mahler's rise as a young conductor, and shows how his stormy inner life inspired new heights of creativity
What is music? ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and held by 150 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
Time and money ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 143 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"--Producer
The Enchanted loom processing sensory information ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 132 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. (60 minutes)
The goddess and the computer by John Stephen Lansing( Visual )
6 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the centuries old practice of Agama Thirta, a Balinese water ritual in honor of the goddess Dewi Danu. The ritual produces better irrigation of rice crops than any other system yet devised, including those by the Indonesian government, the Asian Development Bank, and computer programmers from the University of Southern California
The Last neandertal competing theories of human origins ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 129 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
The Essence of an instrument ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 129 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
Technology, trumpets, and tunes ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 127 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
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