Star's End

During the 1970s, the world of modern classical music managed to break in to the mainstream. In the US, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and other avant garde composers started to be able to fill venues, and they came to have a heavy influence on the electronic music of the late 1980s and early 1990s, from The Orb and Orbital to Colourbox and Aphex Twin. The UK also had a number of classical composers who were briefly mainstream in the 70s.

Duh moment

Until he mentioned it in an interview, it had never occurred to me that Ira Glass might be related to Philip Glass.

The IBM Glass Engine

Someone sent me the URL of the IBM Glass Engine. It’s definitely the best interactive interface to music I’ve seen. It lets you navigate the complete works of Philip Glass in eight-dimensional space. Now I need to get Symphony No. 2 on CD…