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Music for 18 Machines is a reimagining of Steve Reich’s classic minimalist work Music for 18 Musicians – arranged for 18 synthesizers.
Here’s what the creators have to say about it:
Music for 18 Machines is a reimagining of Steve Reich’s 1976 modernist classic Music for 18 Musicians. Reich’s work is a blueprint of the minimalist movement ¬ an exploration of pattern and process which morphs into a psychoacoustic experiment that posits the question ‘what happens when a group of musicians are asked to perform like machines?’
Music for 18 Machines reverses this process somewhat and seeks to coax an expressive and emotive performance from 18 electronic instruments triggered by a single sequencer.
The project was conceived by Simon Cullen (Synth Eastwood) and he is joined for the performance by Neil O’ Connor (Somadrone) as they revoice the piece for 18 synthesisers. They are also joined by visual artist Anthony Murphy (Shadowlab), who has created a new illustrative interpretation of the processes and patterns embedded in the work.
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the debut performance of Music for 18 Musicians as well as Steve Reich’s 80th birthday. Come celebrate this landmark minimalist piece in this unorthodox format on the 15th of September 2016 at the Button Factory in Temple Bar.
Music for 18 Machines is being debuted in Dublin, Sept 15th, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Reich’s composition.