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Touch the Sound

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Oliver Sachs, Sibylle Anneck, Andrés Jauernick


Award-winning director and cinematographer, Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides, Andy Goldsworthy working with Time) takes us on an journey through a universe of sound with percussionist Evelyn Glennie. They map a world of the senses – images and sounds. Hearing images, seeing sound. With Evelyn, we experience sound as palpable and rhythm as the basis of everything that is. Rhythm is movement, flow, change, renewal - and repetition. Everything oscillates and vibrates - from the bridge of steel and concrete to the energy shells around an atom. We recognise and experience our world through oscillations, through rhythms - even colours oscillate at different frequencies. Everything vibrates, everything 'speaks' - a universe of sound. Renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who lost her hearing aged eight years old, lives in this universe in a way that almost no-one else does. Together with her, this film dives into the world of sound and rhythms - into the world of our origins. At the top of her profession with many works written especially for her, Evelyn now improvises for this film with Fred Frith, master of the avant-garde. The result of their collaboration forms the backbone of the film as Evelyn travels the world, playing with diverse musicians and sending back postcards from her world of sound.


Type of film
Running Time
98 mins
Thomas Riedelsheimer
BR/arte, YLE, Scottish Screen
BR/arte, YLE, Scottish Screen
Thomas Riedelsheimer
Director of Photography
Thomas Riedelsheimer
Marc von Stuerler, Gregor Kuschel, Christoph von Schoenburg, Hubertus Rath
Evelyn Glennie, Fred Frith
Principal Cast
Evelyn Glennie, Fred Frith


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Last updated 7th September 2006

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