14 thoughts on “Ballet Mecanique at the National Gallery of Art

  1. One of my favorite …
    One of my favorite songs. I’m glad the technology has been perfected to allow the piece to be played as written. I’m told the earliest player pianos were not sophisticated enough to play the whole thing in sync.

  2. Interesting piece! …
    Interesting piece! I believe to hear a strong influence by Hindemith’s Kammermusik no. 1 in it.

  3. So glad this …
    So glad this performance was shot. I probably saw Ballet Mechanique 8 – 10 times, and loved it every time. Something mesmerizing about all that sound in that great space at NGA. The silent crowd scenes under the introductory captions is exactly right . . . the place was always packed.

  4. I’m so amazed at …
    I’m so amazed at how noise has evolved and yet it still keeps the appropriate mindset.

  5. I saw this …
    I saw this performed “live” at NGA in DC. It was amazing, just amazing. I can’t believe I was so lucky… I loved it. It was power. It was emotion. It was chaos. It was like being in a storm. It was like being inside a Jackson Pollock drip painting. It was part of a very large Dada exhibit that was one of the best NGA exhibits I ever saw. And it was FREE – sometimes DC is a great place to live.

  6. I saw this …
    I saw this performed at NGA in DC. It was amazing, just amazing. I can’t believe I was so lucky… I loved it. What power.

  7. It still could hit …
    It still could hit Chicago, or other places. We just need an organization to request and sponsor it. If you know of one, contact us/them.

  8. Just picked up ‘Bad …
    Just picked up ‘Bad Boy Made Good’ the doc on George Antheil from Paul Lerman’s website. Fantastic stuff. I wished this exhibit would have hit Chicago…

  9. Thanks for all your great comments. Working with Eric Singer and LEMUR to put this installation together was a great thrill. We’ve done it twice since Washington (Miami and NYC) and are looking forward to doing it again.

    YouTube only allows ten-minute videos. If you’d like to see the whole thing, with better video quality, look at the Quicktime version at http://www.ieeerobot-tepra.org.

    Paul Lehrman

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