October 10, 1991
WDR 3, Germany
1993 by 1Plus
Dec. 1993 by N3 (Norddeutscher Rundfunk)
Writen & directed by Henning Lohner
Cast (in order of appearance):
Van Theodore Carlson
A rare Austrian documentary by filmmaker Henning Lohner. This film is 60 minutes long and features a very unique look at FZ and his work, including footage in and around Frank's studio enviornment and his synclavier work. Picture and sound are VG+. Also included here is a very nice German tv special on FZ entitled Ein Leben Als Extravaganza. Broadcast in 1994, featuring various live and interview clips.
This show is a documentary concentrating on FZ's technique of composition with the Synclavier. It has some great bits of dialogue, and there are wonderful intercut remarks by several composers such as Boulez, Xenakis, and Stockhausen (and some footage of FZ with the first two). The director also felt compelled to periodically insert b&w sequences from monster movies here and there, and also footage of some bozo talking about Bigfoot.
Well, to hear FZ talking about his music and demonstrating what he can do at his Synclavier is great fun. But the real gem here is that the musical background is ALL BY FZ—from his Synclavier. And there is a several-minutes-long segment in the middle entitled "Electronic Music by Frank Zappa" with no dialogue or distractions, not a demo, either, but what sounds like a well-realized piece of music already. (Maybe from CP3?) The dialogue etc. is in English, with what looks to me like Finnish (?) subtitles. (Anyway, not German!) If anyone knows how to get a high-quality transfer of music off a videotape I'd be very pleased to know.
The first showing I'm aware of is * 10-10-91, 11.15 pm * on WDR3 (german tv w/*GERMAN* subtitles). (The german language is used in Austria as well, only their DIALECT is called Austrian—it's just their way of pronouncing german words).
Maintained by Román García Albertos