Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Philip Glass, a Portrait in 12 parts

Yesterday I had the chance to assist to a conversation between Philip Glass and Paul Simon about the creation process in music at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
It was very interesting to see these two artists with such different backgrounds discussing about how to make music. The scholar vs the popular songwriter.
What goes first, the idea or the sound?
For Philip Glass, who was more calm, more intellectual and more serious it seemed like the concept came first, then he would look for the proper sounds to make it real, while Paul Simon would start playing the guitar and the different sounds would affect him to make a song. Music with words, music with images, and music with movement.
Today I looked for something about it, but instead I found this: the film that they've made about one of the most important composers of our times.

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