Philip Glass – 1000 Airplanes on the Roof

After reading an article in the Saturday paper a few weeks ago on Philip Glass’s recent visit to São Paulo, I decided to finally do a bit of research on a name that I’ve been curious about for years but never seemed to quite remember when I was searching on the internets for new sounds. So, I opened up GrooveShark and had a listen…

And, wow. How long has it been since you’ve been truly surprised by music that’s new to you? I had stumbled upon 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, a kind of experimental electronic operatic sonic adventure, weird stuff, but really cool with definite possibilities for mixing into a dj set. The official Philip Glass website (which has some interesting interactive toys) explains the album as follows:

The character “M” recalls encounters with extra-terrestrial life forms, including their message, “It is better to forget, it is pointless to remember. No one will believe you.” Are the surrealistic details an accurate recollection of a voyage through space, part of a drug-induced nightmare, or the beginning of a mental breakdown?

If you’d like to hear it for yourself, I’ve created a GrooveShark player in the right hand, just for that purpose. Enjoy!