Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Something very special about watching this movie, Hopi for "life out of balance", last night and having Phil Glass with an eleven piece ensemble play his 90 minute 'soundtrack' live beneath the big screen. The techno sounding, complicated and endless rhythms were powerfully rendered 'by hand' on the several keyboards and human voice, and the place rocked!
The piece and the images were timeless, save for the 1974 cars and clothes. Nature versus human madness.
This was written before "Einstein on the Beach", so he obviously came out of the gate with that signature sound, and I'm sad he's more recently drifted into romanticism. Putting emotional emphasis on certain notes is at odds with the very basis of his music. When he was here last year, it almost felt like he was playing to the crowd.


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