Experiment: Glass vs. Reich


10 avr. 2006, 2h23m

For the next little while, during my week of final exams, I shall undergo an investigation as to whom is better, Philip Glass or Steve Reich. I have only listened to a few works by each, and as of now my general impression is that their techniques are very similar (the whole minimalism schtick), but already I find that Reich is more open to new styles and sounds/influences, whereas Glass has sort of recirculated the same themes. Overall Reich's sound appeals to me more because it's somewhat more dynamic and somehow more organic. I'm listening to Music in Twelve Parts right now...I'm on the final track Part 12, and...I'm just glad I haven't developed a headache yet. My least favourite was Part 9. I hope that I'll learn to appreciate this album more later on (this is my first listen), as this seems to be widely considered one of the must-listens as far as Glass is concerned.

Next up: Music for 18 Musicians.


  • randyf3

    The only Reich works that are really truly great are Music for 18 Musicians and Drumming. I've heard that Einstein on the Beach by Glass is great, but I haven't heard much by him that I deem to be even that good.

    10 avr. 2006, 3h25m
  • submodality

    Yeah I really need to listen to Drumming as well. I think that'd be right up my alley. I had a good initial impression of Einstein but after that I listened to Twelve Parts and it sounded quite similar so I was somewhat disappointed. Perhaps I should listen to Koyaanisqatsi again. I also quite enjoyed Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint, and the recent You Are (Variations)...when I listen to Reich there's never an overwhelming dread of him repeating themes or whatever, it always sounds fresh somehow.

    10 avr. 2006, 17h15m
  • randyf3

    He has moments here and there that are good, but nothing tops Music for 18 Musicians. It's brilliant from start to finish. Drumming is almost as good.

    11 avr. 2006, 3h49m
  • rettic

    Have you seen either Koyaanisqatsi or Powaqqatsi? It's almost essential to watch them before listening to just the soundtrack.

    8 août 2007, 20h24m
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