Our startup was purchased a couple of months ago, I now commute to North San Jose by car rather than to downtown San Jose by train and I find myself responding more than ever to the repetitive, incessant, urbanist techniques of Philip Glass.
However, the first movement of his String Quartet No. 1 is probably the least representative of his works. Although even here, where the piece is slow and sparse and with no arpeggios in sight, the music nonetheless exhibits a drive and forward focus.
My new pet theory, coming to me as I waited in the Highway 237/101/85 quagmire (tonight anyway), is that Philip Glass, despite his mindful and zen-like behavior, is a guy in a hurry -- in a hurry to get to the end of the piece and in a hurry to compose as much music as he can. This compares to the static approach of say, Phill Niblock.
Regardless, both Phil and Phill like it loud which is probably a sixties thing and makes their music suitable for playing on my commute.
- phil: foxytunes. last.fm. list of his recent heavy listeners on last.fm (i'm eastmp). string quartet no. 1 official page. 1937 birthplace.
- phill: foxytunes. last.fm. five more string quartets on rhapsody. sethwork stream from other minds concert. phill's sun ra film on youtube. 1933 birthplace.
- photo via google maps