ITL #9: The Glass Cage

After issuing a correction from Episode 1, Chris and Sridhar discuss Glenn Gould’s early appreciation of recording technology, the music of John Cage and Philip Glass, the phenomenon of 20th century music generally, and humans’ attitudes towards the new.

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Glenn Gould plays Beethoven’s 6th Symphony on piano

Gould’s “Acoustic Orchestrations” album

Gould’s Scriabin recording session (short documentary)

Gould’s recording of Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5 – a look under the hood

Chris and Glenn

Glenn Gould statue in Toronto – map link

Gould’s CBC archives

Marshall McLuhan – Canadian media theorist

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Glenn Gould, and the Goldberg Variations

John Cage – American composer, artist, philosopher, mycologist

Cage’s 4’33” played by David Tudor

4’33” score

Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano

Cage’s notes for preparing the piano for Sonatas and Interludes

Prepared piano – wikipedia

Aleatoric (chance) music – wikipedia

“Making Music With Dice” – 12Tone video

I-Ching – Book of Changes

A Year With John Cage – How To Get Out Of The Cage (Documentary by Frank Scheffer)

Cage plays “Child of Tree” for amplified cactus and feather

Cage’s obsession with mushrooms

Cage and his cat Losa

Cage’s “Roaratorio, an Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake”

Finnegans Wake – Irish pub in San Francisco’s Cole Valley

James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” with annotations

The Philip Glass Ensemble

The Orange Tree by Philip Glass (from The Illusionist)

The Illusionist – full movie with music by Philip Glass (shh…don’t tell anyone)

Philip Glass’ (disowned) Sonatina No. 2

Helen’s Theme from Candyman (by Philip Glass) played on theremin

Anton Ego’s monologue from “Ratatouille” – voiced by Peter O’Toole

Applebee’s All You Can Eat Riblets commercial

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