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Sun Ra [electronic resource]: Magic Sun

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Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This classic of experimental underground filmmaking by Phill Niblock features rare and exclusive footage, photos, and recordings of pianist Sun Ra and the members of his Solar Arkestra. Shot in the 1960s, when the Arkestra was based in New York, the film was produced using a unique negative process and ultra-tight close-ups on the moving hands and mouths of the musicians. The result is a virtually abstract music film, mastered from a new print in all its incredibly sharp black and white glory.
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35 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 05, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Magic Sun
  • A Different Perspective (9:02)
  • X-ray Footage (7:02)
  • Credits: The Magic Sun (0:38)
  • Unidentified Music (0:30)
  • Unidentified Music Video (0:29)
  • Unidentified Music (0:32)
  • Jazz Contradiction (0:43)
  • Audio Proclamations (4:09)
  • Sun Ra and Solar Arkestra Narrative (2:30)
  • Audio Proclamations: II (4:01)
  • Sun Ra and Solar Arkestra Narrative: II (4:29)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2005.
Publisher no.
50981 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., b&w.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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