Doesn't anyone listen to Phillip Glass or Steve Reich ?

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Re: Doesn't anyone listen to Phillip Glass or Steve Reich ?

Post by GuyaGuy » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:39 am

Steve Roach + Suso Sáiz + Glen Velez from Reich’s ensemble + others made this album in the 80s and it was just reissued. Nice combination of Reichian rhythms and ambient. This is the Reichiest of the tracks.

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Re: Doesn't anyone listen to Phillip Glass or Steve Reich ?

Post by deke » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:51 pm

I met a guy who programmed Glass’s synths. He told us once Glass was interviewed on Fresh Air and Terry Gross asked him about a synth sound that this guy came up with. He said Glass gave some BS made up answer about his inspiration for the sound. Anecdotal yes, but not sharing credit is the sign of a true self involved asshole. Perhaps character shouldn’t matter, but that and other anecdotal comments about the man color my opinion of his music, and just how much of it is indeed his.

Reich on the other hand is an original and his ideas and courage are worthy of respect.

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Re: Doesn't anyone listen to Phillip Glass or Steve Reich ?

Post by Slothrop » Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:08 pm

We saw Steve Reich with Bang on a Can doing 18 Musicians (and other stuff) at the Royal Festival Hall about ten years ago, which was pretty amazing.

There was a Q&A session with Reich afterwards, and one thing that I remember particularly was a question about the relatively high degree of crossover between classical minimalism and popular electronic music, and his response was that (paraphrasing slightly) "the closing of the window between the concert hall and the street" has really only happened for a tiny part of the history of music, and (paraphrasing more) that we're hopefully realising that having the window open again is a more natural state of things - I thought that was a very cool sentiment.

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Re: Doesn't anyone listen to Phillip Glass or Steve Reich ?

Post by Slothrop » Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:27 pm

Here's some more minimalism that was on at a thing that we went to recently:



Interesting in that it's simultaneously more elaborate than a lot of Reich or Glass in that there's a lot more surface detail, but also simpler in that it's essentially about being locked in to the frozen moment of the (more-or-less) repeating figure rather than having a dramatic structure that plays out in slow-motion.

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Re: Doesn't anyone listen to Phillip Glass or Steve Reich ?

Post by woVERTICES » Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:44 pm

I saw EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH many years ago at Lincoln Center. It still find it a compelling listen filled with incredible arpeggiated bliss!
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