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Modern Classical Wednesday! (Pixlbit Version!)

On 02/27/2013 at 04:44 PM by Matt Snee

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If you know me from 1up, you know that every wednesday I post "modern classical" songs for everyone to hear. This means classical music composed in the last 100 years or so, which is my favorite genre of music, and what I listen to sixteen hours a day.  I feel it is my job to share this wonderful music with others, as it's so under the radar, and yet so good.  So without further ado, here are some of my favorites to start out the Pixlbit tradition....


Annie Clark, "Proven Badlands"  This is one of my favorite modern pieces.  Plus, Annie is gorgeous.  


John Adams, "the Chairman Dances".  I'm going to learn how to play this and play it on an Akai MPC and make a youtube video of it.  



Philip Glass, "Einstein on the Beach."  I'm gonna learn how to play this too.  


Another one of my favorites, Steve Reich's New York Counterpoint, played on saxophones:


John Cage, "Six Melodies"


Finally, some old school Bach for dat ass.  "Brandenburg Concerto #6, First Movement"  -- my favorite.  This is gonna play during my funeral.  




02/27/2013 at 05:14 PM

Yay! I'll listen to all of these soon. Looking for headphones. I have 4 or 5 sets somewhere in this house and do you think I can find one?

Bach's Brandenburgs are some of my favourite stuff.

Einstein on the Beach is one of Glass' better known pieces. It's been a while since I've heard it.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/27/2013 at 05:19 PM

Yeah, I'm obsessed with the idea of reproducing Einstein on the BEach live, played electronically.  I want to make youtube videos of it.  I've been listening to it constantly in preparation. 

I like this version of Brandenburg Six, but a lot of times I don't like the versions people do.  My favorite version of the whole suite is done by the Academy of Ancient Music, but I don't like their #6.  I'm picky.  


02/27/2013 at 05:59 PM

I really love the Annie one. Great post today Matt.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/27/2013 at 06:41 PM

thanks.  I really like that one too.  

Super Step

02/27/2013 at 06:06 PM

Whoa ... whoa... whoa... wait a minute? Johnny Cage writes classical music? I had no idea! Wink

I pretty much loved them all, but the Philip Glass and the Steve Reich aren't my taste. To each their own.

Great music!

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/27/2013 at 06:42 PM


yeah the Glass and Reich here are definitely a little bit different. I didn't like the Glass one at first either but it's grown on me. 

Super Step

02/27/2013 at 10:19 PM

Yeah, I guess I'm just more of a "classical classical" guy than a modern one. lol

Oh and you were mentioned quite heavily on the PB & Jason podcast on the front page, not for this blog, but a couple others.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/27/2013 at 10:29 PM

oh cool.  I'm not really into podcasts, but it's nice to be noticed.  Laughing

Don't knock off modern classical yet.  You just might not like MY taste in modern classical. It's very diverse.  

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

02/27/2013 at 07:52 PM

If you ever feel inspired to make these into a playlist, I would give them a lot of attention. Thanks to some weird blocking protocols at work, I can listen to music on YouTube all day but can't get to PixlBit. Work is where my music is listened to and I'd love to give all of your picks a try. I have no clue how hard it is to make a playlist, though, so feel free to blow me off. I'll just pull them up one at a time.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/27/2013 at 08:57 PM

I'll look into that. I love sharing this stuff.  


02/27/2013 at 09:42 PM

It's pretty easy to make a playlist on YouTube, but I don't know if that helps in a work situation.

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

02/27/2013 at 10:50 PM

Well, that's good to know.  Now sneenlantern can do my bidding!  

Anything on youtube that isn't flagged as mature or whatever is accesible to me at work. I pretty much rely on youtube playlists to get me through the day.  There are some great ones of all flavors out there.  Sometime, I'll share some of my old reliables.


02/27/2013 at 09:42 PM

Matt, I'll give these a listen in the AM when I round up my headphones. New laptop has crummy speakers.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/27/2013 at 10:28 PM

awesome, Rangergirl, thanks for listening!  


02/28/2013 at 08:39 AM

OK, I've had my listen while doing my morning rounds. Of the pieces posted, The Chairman Dances was my favorite. Really liked that one! The John Cage and Steve Reichs pieces I also liked. Didn't care for the other two modern pieces much, and I'm so not a Bach fan! Baroque on the whole wasn't my favorite classical period. But thanks for the continued exposure of new music.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/28/2013 at 08:55 AM

yeah I'm obsessed with The Chairman Dances.  IT's so simple yet so beautiful.  The Philip Glass is definitely an acquired taste.  I want to perform that song though.  

Yeah, I understand not everybody likes baroque.  I enjoy it.  It funny how many different sub-genres of classical music there are.  


02/28/2013 at 01:54 AM

Keep fighting the good fight Snee. Great music!

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/28/2013 at 03:54 AM

thanks man!  we're kicking ass over here!

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

03/01/2013 at 08:00 PM

I pulled up a few of these at work and liked what I heard.  I'll keep listening.  This is a genre of music I know very little about, so it's good to get some exposure.

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