I first heard Philip Glass’s music in 1989 when I was 19 and at that time I’d never heard anything like it. My girlfriend insisted on playing Einstein on the Beach while we developed film in the dark together. It certainly made the dark room interesting ! In 1992 she begged me to go and see Einstein on the Beach in Melbourne but I was too poor and too lazy to go. In hindsight I wish that I had. Since then I’ve continued to enjoy Philip Glass’s music now and then. My favourite album is Metamorphosis, which I feel is a minimalist master piece. Followed by Etudes 1-10. Einstein on the Beach is very interesting and clever but like a lot of minimalism lacks any real depth of feeling. Still, I like it. Glass has been one of the great catalysts of minimalist music and I suspect his music will continue to be listened to and to influence people for centuries to come.
The wonderful Robert Rich’s sleepish Perpetual – an electro minimalist masterpiece.
John Cage is no longer with us but his legacy will remain for a very long time. John Cage had a lot to say about silence and sound and questioned the very nature of music.
More on John Cage here :
I am a human being who has long since loved silence and sound. I’ve been posting links to music I love for years now on social media and my wordpress sites – which has probably been a waste of my time. So I thought now I would consolidate my efforts and post links to material I like here.
I love silence above all else and am fascinated by sound – especially bioacoustics (the sounds of the biological world) and geoacoustics (the sounds of the Earth’s geography). I also enjoy many genres of music from many periods of human history and do not understand why people are so limited in what they allow themselves to enjoy. Why not enjoy a little John Cage, Death Metal, Dark Country, Metallica, Baroque Lute, German Folk Music, Black Bird Song, Frog Song, Singing Fence Wires, Pygmy Song, Whale Song, Brian Eno, U2, Vivaldi, Arvo Part, Phillip Glass, Chinese Opera, Indian Classical or Experimental Music whenever you feel like it ? Why get so caught up in preferences ?
I prefer to keep an open heart and an open mind to all sound and all music. Sure, there’s music I don’t like but there’s a hell of a lot more that I do like !
The internet now offers us almost infinite listening possibilities ! So why not make the most of what’s on offer and open ourselves up to a world of sound ?
Join me as I explore the world of silence, sound and music and journey through the conservative boundaries of well established musical genres and the outer limits of what most of us would consider to be music.
Thanks for lisening in !
PS. You can find a little of my music here : https://brightgarlick.bandcamp.com/album/a-tale-of-two-geckos and my FB group World Field Recordings here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1677789305872292/ and my FB group World of Minimalist Music here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1147437488669983/. Both groups are still in their infancy but I welcome new members to come join us in sharing a world of sound and music !
And you can find my other blog ET and I here : https://etandi.wordpress.com/.