Philip Glass at 75: birthday celebrated with app and remix album

GregJohnson September 13, 2012 1
Philip Glass at 75: birthday celebrated with app and remix album

Philip Glass is 75 this year and in celebration of the composer’s anniversary, a special remix album, entitled REWORK is to be released on October 23.

UPDATE: the album is also now available as an interactive and truly immersive app for iOS, featuring a ‘Glass Machine’ feature that lets users to generate their own Glass-esque musical creations through samples of his previous works. Find out more by clicking here.

The album features contributions from Tyondai Braxton, Amon Tobin, Cornelius, Dan Deacon, Johann Johannsson, Nosaj Thing, Memory Tapes, Silver Alert, Pantha du Prince, My Great Ghost and Peter Broderick.

The idea for REWORK came about following a conversation between Glass and his friend and new collaborator Beck, who also appears on the release. They recruited producer Hector Castillowho’s past credits include projects with David Bowie, Björk and Lou Reed–to compile a collection of remixes from some of the most talented and exciting artists around today.

You can listen to Tyondai Braxton’s remix of Rubric below as well as read the complete confirmed track list for REWORK_Philip Glass remixed.

Disc 1

  1. Music in Twelve Parts, Part 1 – My Great Ghost
  2. Rubric (Remix) – Tyondai Braxton
  3. Knee 1 (Remix) – Nosaj Thing
  4. Alight Spiral Ship (Philip Glass Remix) – Dan Deacon
  5. Warda’s Whorehouse Inside Out Version – Amon Tobin
  6. Etoile Polaire: Little Dipper – Silver Alert
  7. Floe ’87 (Remix) – Memory Tapes
  8. Opening From Glassworks – Cornelius

Disc 2

  1. NYC: 73-78 – Beck
  2. Protest (Remix) – Johann Johannsson
  3. Mad Rush Organ (Remix) – Pantha du Prince
  4. Island (Remix) – Peter Broderick

The project is just one part of the celebrations taking place to mark Glass’ birthday, with a season of performances and events taking place across the globe to mark the composer’s decades-long career as one of America’s most preeminent composers—opera, chamber music, orchestra music, dance, theatre works and more.

For more than 50 years, Philip Glass has been at the forefront of contemporary music and art, creating works such as Music in Twelve Parts and the seminal opera Einstein on the Beach, and the birthday release of REWORK is no different.

A REWORK app will also be released to accompany the album in October. Designed by Scott Snibbe, the developer behind Bjork’s pioneering Biophillia album app, the REWORK app will feature interactive visualizations of each remix track and an exclusive Glass Machine that gives the user the power to create and remix Glass-esque tracks.

Are you a fan of Philip Glass? What do you think of his work?

Do you enjoy interacting with albums through apps or are such innovations a modern day distraction from the music?

Let us know your thoughts in a comment below and check out the music of Philip Glass at Musicroom.com.