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Monday, January 14, 2008

Philip Glass on Sesame Street

Geometry of Circlesis a series of unnumbered animation pieces that was created for Sesame Street in 1979 with music by Philip Glass. The shorts consist of the movement of six circles (each with a different color of the rainbow) that are formed by and split up into various geometric patterns. Glass's music underscores the animation in a style that closely resembles the "Dance" numbers and the North Star vignettes written during the same time period as his Einstein on the Beach opera. Totally, totally cool.


Blogger Allan L. said...

That IS pretty damn cool! As a kid, the vocals perplexed me, but what was going on with the circles seemed pretty neat, regardless. Had no idea Philip Glass scored that.
I'm a Joe Raposo fan. :)

1/19/2008 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In England, we only saw a small number of Sesame Street programmes on tv. Thank you for posting this and showing what we missed.

2/04/2008 04:35:00 PM  

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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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