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- These are some sound samples of music by Philip Glass. Since Glass's music usually extends for a long time (usually "songs" are 20 minutes long), we have only included excerpts (a few samples are complete songs, though). In this way, it is possible to have a first impression of the sound of Philip Glass's music, but the time dimension - very important in Philip Glass's music - is not present.
- In order to decrease the download time and also to preserve the rights of the copyright holders of the music, the sound files taken from commercial releases are stored at GlassPages in monophonic sound. Please, remark that these files are intended only for non commercial private home use. Any other use without prior written permission from the copyright holders is forbidden by international laws.
- At the bottom of this page you will find a short description of the different sound file formats.
- Please, remark that the links marked with are remote. We cannot be sure about their correctness and can not assume any responsability on its contents.
- If you know some other audio files with music by Philip Glass, please, send a message to us!
MPEG - Layer 3 files (.mp3)
- Philip Glass Official Web Site is the primary source for Glass's audio files of released and unreleased works.
- I Wanna be Like Philip (A techno song using a common Philip Glass chord progression by Charly Hoyt; 1:57; 1.894.039 bytes; Unreleased).
- Philip GlassMetamorphaMix (An excerpt from a full remix of Metamorphosis One by Torley A. Wong; 0:31; 249.088 bytes; Unreleased).
- Like This (from Monsters of Grace, Scene VI; 0:27; 55.884 bytes; Unreleased).
- 13 Excerpts (from The Voyage; Unreleased).
- Köln Civil WarS Section II (from CD Connection; 2:19; 279.482 bytes).
- Ave (Arranged for pianos and cello by Arturo Stalteri, from Circles; 1:54; 228.204 bytes).
- Hamburger Hill (from The London Theatre Orchestra "Classic War Movie Themes"; 2:04; 249.542 bytes).
- Fifty-Fifty Chance (from Suzanne Vega "Days of Open Hand"; 2:32; 304.450 bytes).
- Knee Play 5 (from Einstein on the Beach; 1:02; 124.200 bytes).
- Glass (from King Missile "Happy Hour"; (0:22, 45.686 bytes).
- Closing of The Late Great Johnny Ace (from Paul Simon "Hearts and Bones"; (1:10, 140.748 bytes).
- Introduction to Anima Mundi (from Introduced by Philip Glass; 1:00; 121.194 bytes).
- Introduction to Einstein on the Beach (from Introduced by Philip Glass; 1:10; 141.744 bytes).
- Introduction to Hydrogen Jukebox (from Introduced by Philip Glass; 1:36; 193.824 bytes).
- Introduction to Knee Play 5 (from Introduced by Philip Glass; 0:48; 96.176 bytes).
- Introduction to Music in Twelve Parts (from Introduced by Philip Glass; 1:27; 174.288 bytes).
- Introduction to Music in Similar Motion (from Introduced by Philip Glass; 1:35; 191.086 bytes).
- Introduction to Music with Changing Parts (from Introduced by Philip Glass; 1:02; 125.204 bytes).
- Introduction to Wichita Sutra Vortex (from Introduced by Philip Glass; 0:37; 74.752 bytes).
- Modern Love Waltz (from Tom Constanten "Live in Concert at the Piano"; (2:40, 320.304 bytes).
- Music with Changing Parts (from Music with Changing Parts; 0:57; 115.884 bytes).
- There Are Some Men (An excerpt from Three Songs for Chorus a Capella by Crouch End Festival Chorus; 0:32; 526.724 bytes).
Wave files (.wav)
- The Witness (from Anima Mundi; 1:05; 722.116 bytes).
- Icct Hedral (from Aphex Twin "Donkey Rhubarb"; 1:17; 854.404 bytes).
- Sand Mandala (from Kundun; 0:58; 1.275.094 bytes).
- Northern Tibet (from Kundun; 0:31; 694.546 bytes).
- Choosing (from Kundun; 0:32; 707.856 bytes).
- Compassion in Exile (from New Age Music & New Sounds Vol. 50; 1:06; 733.140 bytes).
- Hey Music Lover (from S-Xpress "Hey Music Lover"; 1:02; 689.044 bytes).
- Confrontation and Rescue (from Satyagraha; 0:27; 301.950 bytes).
- Swatch Melody (from Swatch Musicall 1995 Series Watches; 0:07; 165.448 bytes).
Audio files (.au)
- Funeral (from Akhnaten; 0:39; 307.706 bytes).
- Candyman II (from The Music of Candyman; 1:40; 801.158 bytes).
- Dance No. 3 (from Dance Nos. 1-5; 0:34; 270.113 bytes).
- Dance No. 5 (from Dance Nos. 1-5; 0:21; 167.465 bytes).
- Knee play 1 (from Einstein on the Beach; 0:32; 257.873 bytes).
- Knee play 4 (from Einstein on the Beach; 0:26; 204.697 bytes).
- Rubric (from Glassworks; 0:21; 164.817 bytes).
- Closing (from Glassworks; 0:27; 216.786 bytes).
- Itaipu (from Itaipu; 0:35; 276.943 bytes).
- Company, second movement (from Minimalist; 0:24; 188.830 bytes).
- 1937: Saint Sebastian (from Mishima; 1:07; 533.711 bytes).
- A Gentleman's Honor (from The Photographer; 0:14; 107.516 bytes).
- Act 2 (from The Photographer; 0:40; 318.847 bytes).
- From Egypt (from Powaqqatsi; 0:16; 126.246 bytes).
- Powaqqatsi (from Powaqqatsi; 0:23; 187.054 bytes).
- The Kuru field of Justice (from Satyagraha; 0:37; 296.258 bytes).
- Prologue (from The Thin Blue Line; 1:01; 490.885 bytes).
Real audio files (.ram)
- Monsters of Grace (Unreleased; Performed in an interview aired on April 16, 1998 on KCRW).
- Les Enfants Terribles (Unreleased; Performed in an interview aired on October 23, 1997 on KCRW).
- Etudes Nos. 1 & 2 (from Sixteen Etudes; Unreleased; Performed in an interview aired on November 8, 1995 on KCRW).
- Etude No. 6 (from Sixteen Etudes; Unreleased; Performed in an interview aired on March 11, 1997 on KCRW).
- Metamorphosis One (from Solo Piano by Mark A. Thomas).
- Metamorphosis Two (from Solo Piano by Mark A. Thomas).
- Metamorphosis Four (from Minimal Piano Works, Volume 1 by Jeroen Van Veen).
- Mad Rush (from Minimal Piano Works, Volume 1 by Jeroen Van Veen).
- Truman Sleeps (from Minimal Piano Works Volume II by Jeroen Van Veen).
- Wichita Vortex Sutra (from Solo Piano by Mark A. Thomas).
MIDI files (.mid)
- The Needle (from Monsters of Grace, Scene II by Charlie Hoyt; 2:13; 19.113 bytes; Unreleased).
- Candyman II (from The Music of Candyman; 6:08; 33.234 bytes; provided by Matt Smith;).
- Dance VIII (from In the Upper Room from Dancepieces by Steven C. King; 4:21; 30.906 bytes).
- Two Pieces from Einstein for guitar (Piece No. 1) (from Einstein on the Beach; transcribed for classical guitar by Allan J. Cronin; 4:16; 7.608 bytes).
- Two Pieces from Einstein for guitar (Piece No. 2) (from Einstein on the Beach; transcribed for classical guitar by Allan J. Cronin; 2:08; 4.979 bytes).
- Opening (from Glassworks; 6:25; 24.564 bytes).
- Song#5 (from Hydrogen Jukebox; 5:23; 64.078 bytes).
- Koyaanisqatsi Suite (from Koyaanisqatsi; arranged for string orchestra by Allan J. Cronin; 14:25; 50.490 bytes).
- Koyaanisqatsi, The Grid and Prophecies (from Koyaanisqatsi; 12:51; 37.647 bytes).
- Koyaanisqatsi (from Koyaanisqatsi; pop arrangements for an old computer game by Rob Hubbard; 3:14; 61.292 bytes).
- Koyaanisqatsi (from Koyaanisqatsi by Hans van Riezen (Alternate version); 5:43; 41.998 bytes).
- The Olympian - Lighting of the Torch (from The Official Music of the 1984 Games; 4:51; 24.620 bytes).
- Channels and Winds (from Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar "Passages"; 1:33; 9.285 bytes).
- Mad Rush (from Solo Piano by Bertrand Robion; 13:33; 58.150 bytes).
- Metamorphosis One (from Solo Piano by Bertrand Robion; 6:21; 12.071 bytes).
- Metamorphosis Two (from Solo Piano by Bertrand Robion; 7:01; 20.123 bytes).
- Metamorphosis Three (from Solo Piano by Bertrand Robion; 3:18; 13.268 bytes).
- Metamorphosis Four (from Solo Piano by Bertrand Robion; 5:42; 28.453 bytes).
- Music in Similar Motion (from Two Pages; Contrary Motion; Music in Fifths; Music in Similar Motion; arranged for chorused piano, soprano saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone and bass synthesizer by Allan J. Cronin; 2:35; 32.041 bytes).
- Modern Love Waltz (from The Waltz Project by Hans van Riezen; 2:22; 18.068 bytes).
Sound file formats
- .MP3 files: MPEG Layer 3 format is a way to store music files on a computer disk in such a way that the file size is relatively small, but the sound quality is quite good.
- .RA accessed through .RAM files: These are RealAudio files which "stream" through your computer to your speaker(s). Typically, no downloading is involved as these files flow into a buffer which, when filled, plays the sound back. New versions of internet browsers (like the current releases of NetScape Navigator and Microsoft Explorer) come with a RealAudio Player built into them; so all you have to do is click on the RealAudio file and it will fill the buffer and play back to you. If your browser does not have a RealAudio Player built into it you can easily download one as freeware. More information is available at the Progressive Networks, The Home of RealAudio & RealVideo.
- .WAV files: This is the most common soundfile format, and is primarily found being used on PCs. .WAV files small enough to fit into your RAM can be played back on the "Sound Recorder" or "Media Player" that comes with Windows. Files too big to fit into your RAM can be played using a hard disk player/editor. Freeware, shareware, or demo versions of hard disk players are easily downloadable from the web. For easiest playback of .WAV files from hard disk, try Cool Edit from Syntrillium.
- .AU files: This is the initial Sun soundfile format. Smaller .AU files can be played using NAPLAYER which comes with Netscape. However, the current version of NetScape can only play soundfiles that are a few seconds long because it must load files into your RAM before playing them. If you want to play .AU files we recommend that you first save them to your disk and play them from a program that will play them from your disk. For easiest playback of .AU files from hard disk, try Cool Edit from Syntrillium.
- .MID files: MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and has been the rage among electronic musicians throughout its six year existence. It is a powerful tool for composers and teachers alike. It allows musicians to be more creative on stage and in the studio. It allows composers to write music that no human could ever perform. But it is NOT a tangible object, a thing to be had. MIDI is a communications protocol that allows electronic musical instruments to interact with each other. Find more information at MIDI Home Page.
The previous descriptions were partially quoted from the ones given by Martin Spinelli about the different soundfile formats and from the MIDI Home Page.
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