Michael Nyman is a successful modern composer, whose name you might not know but who did the score for the film The Piano (among dozen’s of others including the horror/Wendigo film Ravenous). With my OCD and ASD, I found his use of repetition with emerging themes soothing. I took his score for The Heart Asks the Pleasure First and would use the rooms at the music college or library to self teach myself the piano (I thought as I could read music, it couldn't be that difficult - the score requires different beats for each hand, just to start). Plus he alternates so that most to all the instruments have the themes, even though they might all be doing different beats. It is hard to understand a band where the pianist is playing 7/5 with one hand and 11/11 with the other while the viola is playing 16/11 and the violin is playing 9/8, etc. So here is one of the more interesting pieces to watch: Chasing Sheep is Best Left to Shepherds.
My favorite of Nyman's compositions is MGV, which you need to buy (available on Amazon, used in two collections), but is a musically account of a rail journey on a French line. Here is (after about 20 seconds), the scenery which the music is composed to give you the essence of combined with the real scenery (as the journey time and the music time is the same).
His films with Peter Greenaway were a combined effort as Greenaway filmed around his music. For me, Drowning by Numbers is on of the top films of my mind structure. First, a girl skips counting and naming the stars, to 100, “once you've counted 100, all the other hundreds are the same.”(this kind of statement which is both true and false is typical of Greenaway) The film is voiced by a boy who makes games with odd rules which only he and some sheep seem to play (like sheep tic tac toe). Meanwhile, in sequence, the numbers from 1 to 100 are see or spoken somewhere in the film, and the colours red and yellow are seen, and later the boy notices and starts sequencing these along with the days people die (Thursday is the highest). Zed and Two Naughts (ZOO) is another one about duality and the films tend toward the OCD mindset. I think the one film I haven’t seen (The Cook, The Thief, his wife and her Lover) is his most popular. You can watch The Daughtsman's Contract in entirety starting HERE (it opens with Castrati, and includes living topiary.
Personally I am in an odd place where I keep trying every day to get up and go with Linda to the Library. So far, I am on attempt seven without success. Sometimes health, sometimes Linda is away, sometimes there are other circumstances. I have also not had a 6 hours, nap and 6 hours up, so this week has been done in 4 hour to 7 hours awake a day, making it fly by. I find I am in another month. It tends to make me feel I have very little control of anything as no matter when I go to bed, or what I sacrifice to get up at 2:00 pm and see the sun, it never occurs. Indeed, my life seems to be mimicking Alice in Wonderland to a large extent right now.
I hope you are having more success than I.
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