Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a performance of Steve Reich‘s 1968 process music piece, Pendulum Music, by Simon Acevedo, Mathieu Cart, Simon Paccaud & Olivier Schuppisser.
In Pendulum Music, three or more microphones are suspended by their cables over the speakers that they are connected to. The microphones are set in motion, creating overlapping patterns of feedback. Continue reading
This is the official music video for Spectral Split, by Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory.
The track comes from their new album, Elements of Light, which is described as ‘a symphony for electronics, percussion and bell carillon.’ The music combines elements of minimalism, techno and traditional carillon works.
Developer Alexandernaut shared this video that demonstrates how you can use the interactive arpeggiator Arpeggionome Pro with GarageBand – in this case, creating a sort of iPad minimalism.
Arpeggionome Pro is available in the App Store.
Steve Reich is featured in this interview from The Music Show on ABC Radio National.
Rech has, throughout his career, bounced back and forth between electroacoustic work and music for non-traditional ensembles of traditional instruments.
In preparation for the 2012 Bloc Festival, organizers interviewed the headliners, including pioneering electroacoustic and classical composer Steve Reich.
Reich talks about the relationship between West African and Balinese music and his early tape loop music. He goes on to discuss how this affected his early works.
Reich’s work has been tremendously influential in electronic music, and is echoed in works by Tangerine Dream, Mike Oldfield, The Orb and many others.
It’s Steve Reich‘s 75th birthday – and we couldn’t let the day go by without recognizing him.
Reich is one of the great living American classical composers, as influential in the world of popular music as he has been in the world of classical.
His influence on electronic musicians has been indelible. You can’t listen to 80′s Tangerine Dream, for example, without hearing echoes of Reich. And electronic musicians like The Orb have been sampling Reich for decades.
Some of Reich’s earliest works were electroacoustic pieces that explored the shifting phase relationships between multiple copies of the same tape loop. His early tape experiments, along with his studies of African and Balinese music, have been some of the biggest influences on his work, throughout his career.
Embedded above is Section VI from Music For 18 Musicians, which is a modern classic and offers a great introduction to Steve Reich’s work.