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December 30, 2013

OUR 15th YEAR
ON THE WEB!



We bombed in Germany…
The World Premiere of a new arrangement of Ballet Mécanique
for solo piano and acousmonium*…
*a stage full of loudspeakers
featuring pianiste extraordinaire Guy Livingston
at the SinusTon Festival

Magdeburg, Germany
October 24, 2013
…was postponed due to the discovery of a 1000-pound unexploded bomb
dropped by the Americans in World War II in the center of Magdeburg! Local authorities disarmed the bomb, and there were no injuries or damage.
The Festival's opening concert took place October 26.

Festival photos here…                Read more about the bomb here…
Other recent 
performances:
November 26 , 2013 • Oporto, Portugal Drumming—Grupo de Percussào
live performance with the Léger/Murphy film
"It was a great adventure and pleasure to perform this work."
April 7, 2013 • Nashville, TN • VORTEX
live performance with the Léger/Murphy film
"Thunderous standing ovation!"
December 7, 2012 & March 13, 2013 • Brussels
in concert, and with the Léger/Murphy film
"Huge success! Beauty, purity and fun!"

 
Telly Bronze award

Film Fest New Haven
First prize


Int'l Festival
of Films on Science,
Budapest

the award-winning documentary film by Paul Lehrman & Ron Frank
Featured on now on DVD!  
•••Read the review from the late, lamented Boston •••
"A TERRIFIC FILM, perhaps the most original and interesting
independent documentary I have screened this year."
—WETA-TV
"A must-have for any music lover into off-the-beaten-track music."—Audiophile Audition
"A compelling look at a fascinating man—ESSENTIAL VIEWING for lovers of 20th-century music and a great introduction for those of us whose tastes are less noisily inclined." —NEFilm.com
"OUTSTANDING. Absolutely fascinating."The Boston Phoenix
"Stimulating, informative, TOTALLY ENTERTAINING. A well-made documentary which everyone interested in music must see."—The Audio Engineering Society
"DON'T MISS IT!"The Independent Film Monthly

Don't know what the Ballet mécanique is? Click here
or follow the hand for a tour of the history of this
INCREDIBLE
piece of musical multimedia…
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UNSEEN CINEMA, featuring the Ballet mécanique, on DVD
"One of the major monuments of the DVD medium!"-

"The must-have release of the year!"- FILM COMMENT
Winner, LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS Special Citation
 

in England…
 
November 22, 2009
Antheil's rarely-heard 1925 Ballet mécanique—the single-pianola version—was performed by Anglia Sinfonia at Anglia Ruskin University's West Road Concert Hall, in Cambridge. The pianola soloist was the estimable Rex Lawson, and the conductor was Paul Jackson.

in Buenos Aires…

November 18, 2009
The South American premiere of
Ballet mécanique
(the 1953 version) at the
Sala Casacuberta del Teatro San Martin

in Chicago…
March 3, 2009
first performance of Ballet mécanique:



Dada Machinations, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance
"Termites running the asylum!…a spectacle hard to forget…giving the performance a primal intensity…Clutched the audience and didn't let go!"Chicago Sun-Times

THE BALLET MECANIQUE AUTOMATED ORCHESTRA!
with robots by the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots

"A HAPPY RIOT" in WASHINGTON, DC…

In 2006, in conjunction with a huge exhibit on Dadaist art, the National Gallery of Art hosted the premiere of the Ballet mécanique Automated Orchestra, performing what the critics called "The best 10 minutes of free fun in Washington!"

WATCH THE VIDEO! plus PICTURES from the National Gallery



…Mécanique in MIAMI

The Ballet mécanique Automated Orchestra was again in residence in December 2007 at the Museum of Florida International University and was the smash hit of the world-famous ArtBasel Festival!

said: "This outrageous work is best experienced in unsafe mode, where its mechanistic ferocity and riotous noise can make full, deafening impact…"

• Read the great press coverage
• Watch videos from Miami's PBS Channel 2




…and New York: Frequency Hopping, a play by Elyse Singer about Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil
featuring The Ballet mécanique Automated Orchestra, playing an original score by Joshua Fried
along with selections from the Ballet mécanique • May-June 2008 at 3-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center in downtown Manhattan.

"Vivid…Inventive…Keenly intelligent!"
Ballet mécanique
was "a musical and visual treat. The combined craziness elicited an ecstatic ovation from the audience who packed the place, eager for this rare opportunity!"


"Stunning…gorgeous…one of the most technologically sophisticated theatre experiences one could imagine…snappy, spirited performances!"

MORE from …              


More stars in the George Antheil universe…

Pianist extraordinaire Guy Livingston has released a CD on Wergo of George Antheil's "Lost Sonatas" featuring three world premieres! Here's an interview with Guy on 's Weekend Edition.

The TRUE story of the amazing "invention", by composer George Antheil and Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr, of "spread-spectrum" technology—the basis of all wireless technology today!!
That and more science myths explored and exploded in this terrific book from Tony Rothman,
"Everything's Relative". Listen to a great interview with Tony on
's Weekend Edition.

"Hedy's Folly" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes, also tells the story of the Antheil/Lamarr collaboration.
A good read, but not well researched: despite what the book says, Antheil was not able to synchronize four pianolas at his 1927 Carnegie Hall concert!

The Del Sol String Quartet has released Antheil's complete string quartets, remarkable pieces from 1922 to 1948. Learn more from Other Minds.

Lisa Perkins's ongoing film project about Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil gets a wonderful behind-the-scenes write-up by Rob Walters in Writers in Oxford. And read Walters's book "Spread Spectrum" on Hedy and George.


"Ballet Mécanique: A Spread-Spectrum Ecstacy":
a multimedia poem/play
"Automystifstical Plaice" by John Matthias


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