After lala, I've mostly spent my music streaming time at rdio. Not as good as lala but it does have an iPhone app although Apple won't allow an update of that app but the social features are reasonable though the music catalog is not an expansive and the $10/month fee is a bit much yet they support last.fm scrobbling etc.
I'm aworks at rdio if you care (and I have eval invites to give out if you want one).
What's most interesting so far is the Heavy Rotation feature where the site prominently lists your most played albums, your network's most played albums or the most played albums for the entire site. Since I can't find many classical listeners yet, my network very much has a pop orientation. Here's all but one of the albums from my network's Heavy Rotation:
Broken Bells. Broken Bells.
This Is Happening. LCD Soundsystem.
Brothers. The Black Keys.
The Blueprint 3. Jay-Z.
The ArchAndroid. Janelle Monae.
Miike Snow. Miike Snow.
Destroyer of the Void. Blitzen Trapper.
Dear Science. TV on the Radio.
Treats. Sleigh Bells.
Body Talk Pt 1. Robyn.
Teen Dream. Beach House.
A nice combination of some good artists and some I've never heard of and two with "Bells" in their name (surprisingly, I preferred Sleigh Bells).
But most importantly, that other album in Heavy Rotation? The Smith Quartet playing the Philip Glass string quartets.
Furthermore, Paramount Music, the publisher, desired to issue a book of
arrangements for solo piano, geared for intermediate players. Originally,
I assigned the task of producing these arrangements to my assistant, Nice
Muhly, but as I started thinking about it, the idea of performing and recording
these arrangements became more and more appealing to me, and I ended up taking
the lead role in their development.
In 2005, I had predicted popular success
for this version but when I read that post now, I'm mainly sad that the
"We Carry Classical Music Books" sign from Tower Records is gone, as is
Tower Records itself.
My respect for the marketing efforts of Orange Mountain Music remains, however.
And from that post's numerous footnotes, this is still true:
While I won't claim to be truly intelligent (I blog after all), I'm
surprised that since I started aworks and since I got my iPod, I am
listening more to Philip Glass than probably any other composer."
I hate to be so nostalgic but the one and only time Sparky the Wonder Dachshund visited Indiana was in 2004
(he's the black dot following my uncle and later, letting me carry him
through the hostile un-suburban-like terrain). On the other hand, it is
but a distant memory how much he barked in his carrier both at SFO and
on the airplane.
aworks disclaimer: to maintain family and professional harmony, this blog does not explicitly endorse the idea that Mr. Stanford was a "robber baron." I do however agree with the comment about his appetite. Also, the campus still looks great.
una cierta mirada via FlickrOn the other hand, I've never particularly warmed up to Music in Contrary Motion, be it the chamber version or the one for organ. I apparently like my repetition with more clarity and less rigor. Bach is good, though.
Contrary Motion, composed in 1969, is a work for solo organ in which
pedal points add a functional harmony (A minor) and there is something
faintly Bach-ian about its stern, rigorous counterpoint. Contrary
Motion was written in what Glass calls "open form" — it never really
ends, it just stops. The expanding figures upon which it is constructed
could, theoretically, continue augmenting forever. Should an
interpreter care to take it that far, a performance lasting hours, even
days, would be possible.
Noted conservative and possible ex-Republican Andrew Sullivan points to a YouTube video of the works of artist Mark Rothko, set to the Philip Glass-orchestrated mix of Aphex Twin's Icct Hedral.
This remix track may be the best thing Aphex Twin has ever done although the acoustic version of Blue Calx by Alarm Will Sound is also quite good. I don't recommend that remix CD done in turn by Aphex Twin although maybe I'll give his remix of Philip Glass' Heroes another try.
Ok, you've heard all those stories about how the medium influences the art. Finally for YouTube, here's a case where someone sped up a Philip Glass composition so it fits in the 10-minute limit. And the presentation makes it easy to follow along at such a hectic pace: