There was a lot to like here, and a
huge variety of sounds.
It is inevitable that out of such a vast number of sounds, some would
appeal to people more than others. Most of the people featured in this
film played some sort of percussive instrument, because those
were probably the first to appear among humans, as it is easy to slap something to make a
Combine this with some original and traditional dances, and we
get the visual aspect of the movie. My favorites are the traditional
tribal dances from Africa. These people have such harmony, and great
fluidity of their bodies. I don't know why, but I am not so enamoured of
the native Americans' music, though it has some of the same basis.
The flip side to these cultures is the modern dance of the inner
city, from a traditional band and an alternative band crossing a bridge
in New York, to kids improvising their dance on a rooftop (I didn't know
break-dancing was still active, and it doesn't seem to have evolved much
since I did it back in the 1980s!). Although I preferred the tribal
music and dance, these were still enjoyable.
Sultry dance has evolved
in Spain, where a Flamenco dancer gave an amazing solo performance. Over
in India, thousands of people took part in a music and dance festival.
There were counterpoints to everything. Next, I loved the giant drum-work
of the Japanese.
The direction of the show was the only thing that
didn't work so well. It was very random, such that it gave a sort of
mental whiplash in trying to follow the different contrasts.
Still, the transitions were amusing, at the least. The cast of
did just a little bit of trash-can banging, or music created solely from
the sound of air bursting from their mouths. People from other cultures
added their melodies to this throughout, as well. Other transitions
included visuals of animals, like elephants, giraffes, and so on. There
were sounds of cars in traffic, an Australian device that causes a
whirring in the air when swung (I used to know the name of this device,
but it escapes me now), and even factory noises. It was all part of the
global sound, or the Pulse of the world.
The movie might have done better with a short and simple narrative to
describe the peoples, instead of the text during the end credits, but
then again, it might have taken away from the sounds and sights that
were supposed to be the main focus.