140-gram double black vinyl
- Track D1 (Metamorphosis 3) is exclusive to the vinyl edition
A1 Prelude 1
A2 Metamorphosis 2
A3 Prelude 2
A4 The Poet Acts
B1 Prelude 3
B2 Two Pages
C1 Prelude 4
C2 Mad Rush
D1 Metamorphosis 3
D2 Tirol Concerto
D3 Prelude 5
“Bruce Brubaker is one of the most exciting pianists in the contemporary American classical scene.” — Pitchfork
Two leaders from very different musical worlds, the innovative pianist Bruce Brubaker and scientist-now-electronic-artist Max Cooper collaborate to create this latest expression of music by Philip Glass and tell a story of diversity and vulnerability.
Commissioned by and introduced at the Paris Philharmonie in 2019, Glassforms melds the acoustic concert grand piano with synths and cutting-edge electronic production techniques to create a compelling album and a dynamic live experience.
Rather than just reworking or augmenting via traditional means, Max Cooper and Bruce Brubaker fundamentally rewire Glass’ forms in a manner that’s not possible with human composition tools. Max built a new system for musical expression through coding with software developer Alexander Randon, creating a tool for taking live data from the piano and transforming it into new but intimately related forms which drive his synths on stage.
The result is that each of the pieces by Glass becomes its own electronic “instrument,” an instrument Bruce plays in addition to, and simultaneously with the original piece. As Bruce plays the piano and controls synths with his playing, Max modulates and augments, sometimes adding his own melodies to form hybrid variants.