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.

Steve Reich Discusses His Influences

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.

Happy 75th Birthday To Steve Reich

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Steve ReichIt’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.

Angie Dickinson Performs Steve Reich’s Clapping Music While Beating Up Lee Marvin

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Angie Dickinson performs Steve Reich’s Clapping Music while beating up Lee Marvin – just about the best thing ever, if you’re a music geek

Unfortunately for Dickinson – you can’t beat up Lee Marvin.

Clapping Music is a minimal work from 1972 that explores the idea of shifting the phase relationship of two copies of the same 12/8 rhythmic pattern.

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Steve Reich Remix Contest

Indaba Music has announced a Steve Reich remix contest:

Steve Reich is one of about five people still living who can claim to have altered the landscape of music forever. In the contemporary music world there is no composer more influential or studied.

Moreover, Mr. Reich has already been remixed by the likes of DJ Spooky, Coldcut, and Howie B. Thus, it’s exceedingly exciting to be able to offer you the stems to the third movement of the Grammy Award and Pulitzer Award winning composer’s piece “2×5”, performed by the modern classical outfit Bang on a Can, on the Nonesuch Records album Double Sextet / 2×5.

Take these amazing stems and rework them into music the composer would be proud of.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $500, a signed copy of the album Double Sextet/2×5, a signed manuscript score page of the Pulitzer Prize winning “Double Sextet”, and a 1 year Platinum membership to Indaba Music.

Details are available at the Indaba Music site.