While much of minimalist composer Terry Riley‘s work has been electronic, his seminal In C is for any number of people and any instruments.
In C Mali, described as ‘the first African version of Riley’s minimalist classic’, was recorded in Bamako, Mali in October 2013. This new version features artists from Bamako & western guests (Brian Eno, Damon Albarn and others) led by conductor Andre de Ridder. Continue reading
Classical music publishing company Boosey and Hawkes is holding a contest to “ring in” the November 16 all-Steve Reich concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).
Steve Reich is a composer in the classical tradition that helped pioneer electroacoustic music, music as a gradual process and musical minimalism.
The first prize winner will receive the Alarm Will Sound (performing in the video, above) recording of Tehillim / The Desert Music, plus a Drumming mug and Music for 18 Musicians t-shirt. The second prize winner will receive a Drumming mug and Music for 18 Musicians t-shirt. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a Groovesizer performance by MoShang of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase.
Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategy, “Repetition is a form of change”, seems apt to describe the more minimal work of Steve Reich, like Piano Phase. The piece explores the sonic possibilities of playing a short sequence against itself in two voices. Continue reading
American minimalist composer (and one of Synthhead’s and my favorites), Steve Reich, celebrates his 77th birthday today.
In the video, above, he considers a cake.
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.