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somebody at work has just lent me a cd. Read about him and he sounds interesting. Anyone enlighten me?
the most artistically successful (tho not financially successful: that'd be Philip Glass) of the minimalists. He started off doing stuff with tape loops, "phasing" different copies of the same loop against one another, then moved onto having multiple versions of the same material being played live, then expanded that with more "traditional" art music techniques e.g. harmony, orchestration, etc.
His most famous pieces are probably Drumming and Music for 18 Musicians, but they're both quite long so a better taster might be something like Eight Lines or New York Counterpoint.
Sounds really interesting. I've been given one called Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint. The Kronos Quartet and Pat Metheny are on it.
Is a bit harrowing. Brilliant though.
Have a listen and see what you think really. He can be a bit of an acquired taste, lots of hypnotic repetition!
fucking rocks! 'Music for 18 musicians' is the one.
philip glass- einstein on the beach too. It's mesmerising.
Philip Glass stuff on the "Quatsi" films, which is are fantastic (films and soundtrack)
all the people I know who've met him (and my college tutor wrote a book on him) pronounce it that way.
You can get the Nonesuch Retrospective boxed set off Amazon for about £20 and I suggest you do so. It's the best value record I've ever bought.
Has 'Come Out' and 'It's Gonna Rain', which are early tape loop experiments, 'Clapping Music' and 'Piano Phase', which is the most beautiful thing I think he ever did.
Listen to Moondog, though ('The Viking of 6th Avenue' is an excellent compilation). Most, if not all, the popular minimalists' achievements are prefigured in his work. And he's got tunes n'shit to spare.