Music For Your Ears: Philip Glass

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Classically brilliant and with a pop, contemporary and funny edge Philip Glass makes music to feel in the back of your skull. The link above leads to some of his music online. Click through and listen. While you read feel the bass-y buzz of Einstein on the Beach.

Credited with making “art music,”and “sonic weather that twists, turns, surrounds, develops.” Neat phrasing, eh? Philip Glass is a composer of great talent. He has written a whole bunch of things: music for his Philip Glass Ensemble, symphonies, concertos, solo works, film scores and operas.

He also has an inspiring array of portraits

He has also worked with everyone you have ever wanted to see make art.

A selection of names. Visual artisits: Richard Serra, Chuck Close, writers: Doris Lessing, David Henry Hwang, Allen Ginsberg, film and theatre directors:  Errol Morris, Robert Wilson, JoAnne Akalaitis, Godfrey Reggio, Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese, Bernard Rose, choreographers: Lucinda Childs, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, musicians and composers: Ravi Shankar, Foday Musa Suso, Laurie Anderson, Linda Ronstadt, Paul Simon, Joan LaBarbara, Arthur Russell, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Patti Smith, Aphex Twin, Lisa Bielawa, Andrew Shapiro, John Moran, Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly. Recently: Woody Allen, Stephen T. Colbert, and Leonard Cohen.

How many times did you cheer in THAT list?! He did the music for the movie “The Hours” and “The Illusionist” and “The Truman Show” if you want to watch some of his sounds. And draws… giraffes?

A distinctive feature of his work is repetitive sounds. It can be quite hypnotic. As well as the music on his site, he has relaxing more traditional classical pieces, many of which are online.

Whatever your taste, fast, slow, classical, contemporary, dance my is that dance good, film, opera, beat poet with Allen Ginsberg! or whatever, there will be something of Philip Glass’ work that you’ll like.

What work have you found or listened to?


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