Category “Music”

Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones

The extraordinary life of Quincy Jones, one of the 20th century's most influential and talented composers, musicians and music producers, provides the basis of this offbeat, free-form documentary tribute. With little regard for formal timelines and traditional documentary biography methods, the film is an amazing patchwork of personal insights featuring a constellation of music stars including his long-time friend Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie and rappers Big Daddy Kane and Flavor Flav, as well as...

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Are The Net Police Coming For You?

A proposed new law is threatening to disconnect the millions of internet users who unlawfully download free music, films and TV. Jo Whiley looks at how broadband use at home may never be the same, and could even be cut off. The record industry claims to be losing £200 million a year to people downloading music for free and the government is introducing the Digital Economy Bill in an attempt to combat this. Artists including Billy Bragg and Kate Nash, and X Factor judge Louis Walsh discuss the bill and the...

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Soul Rebel: Dub, Reggae & Sound System Culture

This short documentary explores the spiritual experience and message behind Reggae music and Dub culture. This film is an exploration of the the UK Dub, sound system phenomena, from the role of the sound system operator, to the variety of experiences on the dance floor. Produced by the Mighty Itals Studio, Wandsworth -...

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Borrowed Blues

A short film looking at how most popular music has been borrowed from the blues. The film also asks, do we naturally copy & borrow in order to learn &...

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Jimi Hendrix: His Final 24 Hours

This film explores the reasons why Jimi Hendrix demise became shrouded in rumour, gossip and falsehoods. The authorities and media quickly dismissed the death of Hendrix as just another drugged rock star casualty. For the first time, the circumstances leading to Jimi’s tragic death can be examined as the producers of Jimi Hendrix: His Final 24 Hours present new and compelling evidence. Evidence, which may reopen the inquiry into what may have been for certain parties, a convenient death. You will have to decide for yourself just what happened on September 18th 1970 in a small, private...

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Gaga by Gaultier

Lady Gaga is one of the most talked about people on the planet. He is a fashion icon and the cult presenter of Eurotrash. She is the music artist who claims the right to be different. He is the first designer who launched non standard models. Lady Gaga and Jean Paul Gaultier are both free artists and have so much in common, yet they have never met, until now. The Popstar has decided to confide in the designer, going face to face in an enriching and unforgettable interview at Jean Paul Gaultier’s fabulous atelier in Paris. Lady Gaga reminisces about her fulgurant career and unveils how...

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Copyright Criminals

Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law and billions of dollars. Long before people began posting their home-made video mashups on the websites like Youtube and vimeo, hip-hop musicians were perfecting the art of audio montage through sampling. Sampling (riffing) is as old as music itself, but new technologies developed in the 1980s and 1990s made it easier to reuse existing sound recordings. Hip-hop acts like Public Enemy, De La Soul and the Beastie Boys created complex...

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Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Behind The Scenes)

After 8 years Daft Punk is back with a new album and the the song “Get Lucky” with vocals from Pharrell Williams has burned up the Internet since its release. A look at the collaborators behind Random Access Memories, their new album. The Collaborators is a series directed by Ed Lachman. Episode 1: Giorgio Moroder Episode 2: Todd Edwards Episode 3: Nile Rodgers Episode 4: Pharrell...

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The Day John Lennon Died

On December 8 1980 the news that John Lennon had been shot dead caused shock waves around the world. The Day John Lennon Died is a brand new documentary for ITV1 that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the former Beatle's death by revisiting the key moments of that fateful day.The film retraces John's steps on the day leading up to his murder through the strikingly vivid recollections of those who came into contact with him. It features often emotional interviews with key figures, from wife Yoko Ono Lennon recalling her final moments with her husband, and fan Paul Goresh who was to take the...

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