Thursday, July 12, 2007

Random Cool Site: Phillip Glass

Phillip Glass is an influential contemporary American composer. Like most composers today, Glass has a website where you can listen to samples of his music, find out where his compositions will be played, and so on.

Unlike most composer's websites, though, Glass's site has a little joke page. And not only is it a joke page, it's a page of jokes about Phillip Glass. See, there's this criticism of Glass that his compositions tend to both be repetitive (i.e., a single composition will tend to repeat the same short musical phrases over and over) and to all sound like each other. So he has a little page of jokes like this one:

— Knock Knock.
— Who's there?
— Knock Knock.
— Who's there?
— Knock Knock.
— Who's there?
— Knock Knock.
— Who's there?
— Philip Glass.

The man not only can laugh at himself, he invites us all to laugh with him. How cool is that?

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