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6 thoughts on “Visitors Now Available at Amazon and iTunes”

  1. I’ve been listening to it every chance I get, (it’s a long score, so my best chance to hear it, all in one “sitting”, is often in bed!). It’s quite desolate, with long stretches of slow, repetitive fragments, occasionally coalescing in to beautiful romantic flourishes, before subsiding back into the sonic landscape. It reminds me so much of other Glass works, from the earliest pieces; ‘Another Look at Harmony Part IV’, to the more recent; Symphony No.9 (it also has the monolithic power of ‘Plutonian Ode”s 3rd movement, in parts), and even the lyrical solo work of his most recent work; almost like an apotheosis, or summation, of 40 years of Glass’ compositional development.
    I’ve listened to it several times over the last two days, but I feel like I’m still digesting it. I’m very intrigued to see how the music works with the imagery in the film, but I fear I’ll be waiting a while before I get the opportunity; the chances of the film getting a general release in New Zealand any time soon is slim (and with no “arthouse” cinemas left in Christchurch, it’s unlikely the multiplexes will pick it up!), even the next film festival won’t be until next year, so I guess I just have to create my own imagined movie to go with the soundtrack until then… and dream!

  2. The Barbican Centre hasn’t commissioned Visitors to be screened in the UK yet.
    I’m not ready to purchase the unedited version of Visitors on iTunes just yet.
    I’ll buy the CD first before downloading it.
    The pizzicato bass on ‘Off Planet, Pt. 2’ is reminiscent of Dance No. 1’s bass synthesizer from
    Dance Nos. 1-5.

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