”La terre, il se pourrait bien après tout que ce soit une espèce
de merveilleux petit appareil enregistreur, plaçé là par on ne sait qui,
pour capter tous les bruits qui circulent mystérieusement dans l’Univers.”
Pierre Reverdy - ”En vrac” - 1929

”J’entends tous les bruits de la terre grâce à mes oreilles et mes nerfs de cristal
dans lesquels circulent le feu du ciel et celui des volcans.”
Michel Leiris - ”Le point cardinal” - 1927

"Go, go, go! ... Go! go! ..."
John Lee Hooker


Philips film

The electronics company Philips gave in 1931 de Dutch film-maker Joris Ivens the assignment for an advertising film with sound which was new in the chronogical history of film.

The subject of the film is the production of radio´s and speakers: the camera registers the rhythm of the machines and the interaction with the proceedings of the factory workers and shows the operations inside the Philips Radio plant: In a mêlée of activity, glassblowers make delicate glass bulbs, machinery assists the bulb manufacture, a virtuoso glassblower begins a more complex tube used in radio broadcasting, workers perform their various specific assembly-line tasks. Cases are manufactured and machined, wire harnesses are assembled, loudspeakers are produced. As radios near completion, they are run through a series of tests. Engineers and draughtsmen define future developments. In a closing stop-motion sequence, in a style reminiscent of Norman McLaren, a group of loudspeakers performs a playful dance.

This film is also known as "Industrial Symphony".

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