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

Damon Albarn, Brian Eno & Africa Express Do Terry Riley’s ‘In C Mali’

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

Steve Reich Swag Giveaway

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

Steve Reich – Piano Phase On Groovesizer

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

Steve Reich – Pendulum Music

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

Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory – ‘Spectral Split’

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.