The idea of album as central to my listening experience continues to decay. Although most music still arrives in album form, it now migrates to MP3 tracks and gets inserted into various playlists and starts to feel untethered from its original container.
So I perk up when I hear an album that begs to be heard in its entirety. This morning, that album was the gorgeous playing of Bruce Brubaker on his Hope Street Tunnel Blues: Music for Piano by Philip Glass and Alvin Curran. Although even this experience gets mediated since I'm listening to each track in repeat mode.
Composer Lawrence Dillon has just blogged about Philip Glass' legacy re: arpeggios:
But any composer who uses them now will almost certainly be accused of stealing from Philip Glass.
aworks: wichita vortex sutra political relevance + youtube video. repetition.
wikipedia: arepeggio. repeat sign.
official sites: bruce brubaker. philip glass. lawrence dillon. alvin curran. arabesque records. society for the prevention of repetitive creative endeavors.