Bitch Slap

This clever edit of an Angie Dickinson/Lee Marvin movie clip with the audio of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music is making the rounds on the intertubes this morning, and it’s well done:

The video itself comes from this scene from “Point Blank,” directed by John Boorman, which is a terrific thriller/crime/revenge drama, with more than a little touch of a ghost story. It was remade by Mel Gibson, but he missed the point of everything except the violence, which is expected.

Here’s Clapping Music in a performance by the Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble (I like the fast tempo):

And here’s a nice abstract visual realization of the score:

Back to beginnings to end it, there’s nothing much cooler than Lee Marvin.

gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.