Minimalist Terry Riley Was Remixing Before Remixing Was Cool – ‘You’re Nogood’

3349874992_3c83376dfe_oAmerican minimalist composer and performer Terry Riley is not as well known as fellow minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Nevertheless, his work – which explores tape looping, live performance with tape delay, microtonality, world music influences, synthesis and more – has been influential across several generations of musicians

An interesting example of his early work, You’re Nogood (1967), is essentially an avant garde remix of a soul song: Continue reading

Jean-Michel Jarre Collaborates With Armin van Buuren On ‘Stardust’

Here’s another preview for Jean-Michel Jarre‘s upcoming collaboration album, due out October 16,

Stardust – a collaboration with Armin Van Buuren – is the sixth piece of music to be announced from the Frenchman’s forthcoming project. Taking his place alongside M83, Tangerine Dream, Gesaffelstein, 3D (Massive Attack) and Vince Clarke, Armin van Buuren is the first artist announced from pure trance roots, something that Jarre himself insisted upon. Continue reading

(no)poem Ambient Experimental Duo (Mark Mosher & Darwin Grosse) Announces Midwest Mini-Tour

Mark Mosher LiveBoulder, Colorado, electronic music duo (no)poem has announced a midwest mini-tour, bringing their one-of-a-kind ambient experimental electronic performance to Lincoln, Nebraska on Aug. 1st and Des Moines, Iowa on Aug 2nd.

The duo features Darwin Grosse of Cycling ’74 and synthesist/writer Mark Mosher, right, who writes the synth blog Modulate This!. Continue reading

Free iOS Game Teaches You How To Play Steve Reich’s ‘Clapping Music’

steve-reich-clapping-music-gameTouchpress Limited has released Steve Reich’s Clapping Music – a free iOS game that’s designed to improve your rhythm.

It does this by challenging you to play Steve Reich’s ground-breaking work, Clapping Music, a piece of music performed entirely by clapping.

Steve Reich’s Clapping Music app is part of a research project, designed to explore if gaming experiences can help people learn musical skills.

Reich’s piece Clapping Music (1972) explores the idea of a phase canon. Two performers start by playing a simple rhythm together. One performer speeds up slightly, so that the two performers get out of sync, creating a series of new syncopated rhythms. The piece continues until, after cycling through 12 different 8th-note relationships, the two performers return to being in sync.

Here’s Steve Reich introducing the app: Continue reading