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Independent Communications Associates

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Works: 134 works in 230 publications in 1 language and 8,484 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  Instructional films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Popular works  History  Science films  Environmental films  Environmental television programs  Documentary television programs 
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 531 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 492 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 427 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 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

San Francisco Symphony's music director, Michael Tilson Thomas, retraces Beethoven's steps through Vienna's aristocratic ballrooms and Austria's rustic villages, exploring how Beethoven channeled his fears of deafness, his admiration for Napoleon, and his obsession to prove himself the greatest composer of his time and to write the Eroica. Includes a live performance of Beethoven's Eroica by the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
What is music?( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whenever the pressure of air is changed rapidly-by the beating of a drum, rattling a stick in a can, plucking a string stretched across a box-the ear-brain system detects the pressure changes as sound, which travels from source to listener as sound waves. 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 nonscientific questions as the cultural content of musical perception
The making of a performance : Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 280 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
Journey of the universe( Visual )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An epic story about cosmic, Earth and human transformation from producer/directors Patsy Northcutt and David Kennard). Big Bang, big science, big history, this one-of-a-kind film was created by renowned scientists, scholars, and award-winning film-makers led by co-writers Brian Thomas Swimme, the acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher, and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker
The Essence of an instrument( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 274 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. (60 minutes)
Hector Berlioz : Symphonie fantastique( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 271 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
Scales, synthesizers, and samplers( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program covers such problems as the production of varying degrees of loudness on harpsichords and spinets, the mechanical engineering of the modern piano, the origin of scales, and the inability of keyboard instruments to produce scales in all keys exactly in tune. Synthesizers demonstrate both the problem and its solution. The progression is from electronic organs to analogue synthesizers, from purely electronic oscillations to the addition, subtraction, multiplication, mixing, and performance of additional functions that comprise the complex sounds of music. The program also looks at digital sound and musique concrete, using the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to answer some of the questions about the partnership between science and music
Technology, trumpets, and tunes( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 262 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
Science, strings, and symphonies( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 254 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)
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
A year in Burgundy( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 196 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
The Enchanted loom processing sensory information( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 181 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)
Steel and stone( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program tracks the progress being made on the Worldwide Plaza, as metalworkers, stone masons, and other specialists exercise their skills. In addition, a subcontractor who has fallen significantly behind schedule, the burden of late fees if tenant Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide cannot move in on time, and public relations problems jeopardize the success of the project. A tour of a quarry in Venice, where the skyscraper's stonework is cut and polished, showcases a mock-up of one of the Plaza's granite columns. (53 minutes)
Past and future( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program traces the evolution of the American skyscraper over the 20th century and speculates on the skyscraper of the future. A study of landmark structures ranging from the Home Insurance Building and the Singer Building, to the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, to the World Trade Center and the Sears Tower serves as a timeline of U.S. skyscraper history. In addition, some of America's best-known architects and engineers explain how they have overcome the challenges of constructing higher and higher buildings. (52 minutes)
Africa's children Kenyan women in transition( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program explores the pressures on female adolescents in the Third World through the stories of four young Kenyan women growing up in a time of cultural upheaval: Christine, a Masai who escaped an arranged marriage so she could study law; Dekha, brought up in a rigidly patriarchal Muslim town, who aspires to be a doctor; Anastasia, who works on her family's farm while yearning to become a Catholic nun; and Mboone, who dreams of exchanging her affluent urban lifestyle for a career of service in the UN, to help improve the lives of women all over the world. Female circumcision, polygyny, AIDS, reproductive choice, equal access to education, and other issues are discussed with candor. (58 minutes)
The power of the sun by John Perlin( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 171 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
 
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