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Meeting of the Minds - The Making of Floating Point [2008] [DVD]

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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Abstract Logix
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00158K164
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,827 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This 80 minute film documents for the first time, what happens in a recording session by the guitar legend and composer John McLaughlin. Filmed over five days in a studio in India, you get an intimate view of the way great musicians work together and create new music with spontaneity and vitality.

For this 'meeting of the minds', McLaughlin invited some of the most outstanding instrumentalists including keyboardist Louiz Banks, drummer Ranjit Barot, electric sitarist Niladri Kumar, flautists Shashank and Naveen Kumar, percussionist Sivamani, vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, electric mandolinist U.Rajesh, and Hindustini slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.

Through interviews with all the musicians, you get to know the different ways in which they approach John's compositions. In addition, you can choose to listen to an extra audio track with McLaughlin commenting on the entire recording.

This unique movie lifts the curtain on the making of music today.

Personnel:
John McLaughlin - (guitar), Hadrien Feraud - (electric bass), Loiuz Banks - (keyboards), Ranjit Barot - (drums), Niladri Kumar - (electric zitar), Shashank - (flute), Sivamani - (percussion), Shankar Mahadevan - (vocals), U.Rajesh - (electric mandolin), Debashish Bhattacharya - (Hindustani slide guitar), Naveen Kumar - (bamboo flute), George Brooks - (soprano saxophone)

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By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2008
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I've held off from reviewing Floating Point to now because a John McLaughlin release always entails such a huge amount of information to assimilate. An extreme example is Live at the Royal Festival Hall: 27th November 1989 which it's taken twenty years of listening to, on and off, before it finally blew my socks off.

So the first thing about this amazing film is it takes you right into the essence of what Floating Point is about, and will now short circuit that comprehension lag. I now totally get where every track is coming from. Furthermore, as many of the musicians on Floating Point are also familiar from the Remember Shakti discs, Remember Shakti - The Believer, Remember Shakti and Remember Shakti: Saturday Night In Bombay, this will require me to go back and revisit those releases, which at the time I admired and respected, but which didn't seem to have the essence of the original Shakti. I will revisit them with a view this time to appreciating them in their own right.

The other thing that shines through is what an amazing being McLaughlin is.
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John McLaughlin is an astonishing musician and spiritual human being; something that is extremely apparent in his virtuosity to play and fuse Eastern and Western styles of music.
The DVD gives an amazing insight into the genius of McLaughlin's compositions, his ability to find outstanding talent and nurture it and the fact that his music has never stopped evolving.
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Shows JM in a state of the art studio in India, with highly trained musicians.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9708a330) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9709ed74) out of 5 stars Fractal Intent 20 Jun. 2008
By krut - Published on Amazon.com
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This video gives the audience a front seat in the recording studio and gives us a rare opportunity to see John Mclaughlin's mastery of non western music and his gentle all pervasive leadership of a team of exceptional world musicians. John McLaughlin conceived and wrote the base scores for the five day recording session with particular combinations of instrumentalists in mind. He then proceeded to bring them together to collaborate and improvise on his themes with wonderful results.
A truly uplifting revelation of the creative power of collaboration in music and musicianship.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x976f4ee8) out of 5 stars Fantastic. 14 Jun. 2008
By Bryan C. Rombalski - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a gift for us musicians. What a pleasure to see a master at work. And the high quality of gifted players that join him are supreme. Plus the CD is top rate and ranks as one of his best.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x976f4dec) out of 5 stars McLaughlin DVD review 9 April 2009
By Gilbert Lemke - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a big fan of John for almost 40 years. I have most of his albums and try to see him when ever he is on tour. In my opinion, this DVD is much better than going to a concert because you get a more intimate look into the process and the people. Typically at concerts, the sound mixing is poor, you have bad seats, the volume is too loud, plus, there is way too much jamming, which is not what draws me to his music. In this video, you are right there in the studio as they figure things out. It was interesting to see that John sometimes lays down the basic melody on keyboard and uses that to convey to the musicians. Only the keyboard work seems to be written on paper. Although I have followed John's music for many years, I didn't have any sense of his personality. He comes across as very warm and a genuinely nice guy. At one point Louiz Banks (on keyboard) takes improvisation a touch too far and John pulls the plug on that take. Everyone gets a good laugh. The musicians that John brought in are all excellent. I find myself following Louiz's background chords moreso than the guitar work. Sometimes the fingerwork of the guys on strings is so fast that you think that your DVD player momentarily went into fast forward. It's also nice to follow along with music that you may be familiar with, the Floating Point album, which is very nice (too bad they didn't get the grammy).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97b1730c) out of 5 stars Simply Stunning , Must Have DVD 23 July 2008
By Music Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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A great documentary with fantastic insight to the recording world of john Mclaughlin. Not only just interviews, there is great deal of playing as well. You can get pretty close to Johns fretboard to see whats going on . I really dont think that there has been a DVD like this made. If you like music and want to see how it goes down in the studio , get it . Dont forget his instructional DVD on Konokol
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Carlos - Published on Amazon.com
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finnally we can see Mclaughlin in action is a studio.this fantastic musician
with outstanding indian virtuosos,it'worth the buy.
on the downside:no subtitles,i wish we can see a detailed view of Mc
guitar setup,or the zitar an eletric mandolim.
all said i hihly recomend to anyone who likes great music palyed beautifully!
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