The National Portrait Gallery in London has come up with a twist on the usual museum audio tour: a choral choir!
Careful research prepared music which would have been contemporaneous with the portrait sitters and their time of influence on British society. The pieces are then sung by a specifically assembled Portrait Choir, together with voiceover by Simon Russell Beale.
“The idea is simple: this guide is a soundtrack to five centuries of magnificent portraiture – as well as feasting your eyes on the portraits, period-specific music will further transport you from 21st century Britain to the era each room evokes.” – from the introduction, Track One on the guide
Can sound and music help us seem to travel through time?
The Four Tops and “Reach Out” is a classic song. But those big jackets and too short trousers? To 21st century eyes, slightly odd and hilarious, although obviously sharp styling at the time, 50 years ago.
How many animations can you make on the head of a pin?? Well, here’s one….
Son Lux – Change is Everything.
The artist Georgia O’Keeffe took a keen interest in health foods – believing that what you ate was important to creativity. Delightfully, she lived to be 99, producing brilliant paintings to the end, her mind sharp as a tack. So here are recipes for her wholemeal bread, a health shake, and Green Chillies with garlic, oil and a fried egg.
The recipes come from two books: “A Painter’s kitchen” edited by Margaret Wood, who worked as Georgia O’Keeffe’s companion and cook for 5 years – and “Dinner with Georgia
So much of what I admire are collaborations in the arts – this video brings together Duke Special‘s song “Condition” and the drawings of Peter Smith. A little dark but also rich and promising. And definitely thought-provoking on the human condition.
For anyone wanting to be a musician, these 3 programmes by the BBC are full of 40 years of experience and advice from Nile Rodgers, who has been at the forefront of popular musicianship for so long, he’s practically the figurehead on its prow.
His CV (the 2 minute version)