Steve Reich’s ‘Radio Rewrite’ Inspired By Radiohead

steve-reich-radio-rewriteNonesuch Records has released a new album by electroacoustic pioneer Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite.

The title piece references two songs by the English band Radiohead. Alan Pierson conducts this premiere recording of Radio Rewrite, which was composed in 2012.

The album also includes recordings of Electric Counterpoint (1987) and Piano Counterpoint, which is a 2011 transcription by Vincent Corver of Reich’s 1973 Six Pianos. The works are performed, respectively, by Radiohead’s guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, and pianist Vicky Chow, who is a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Continue reading

Steve Reich: ‘Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Have The Right Equipment – What Matters Is Your Musical Imagination!’

This video is a profile of minimalist composer Steve Reich, in which he talks about his music, his influences, his very lo-fi ‘funky home tape recorders’ and other early gear, and his inspiration for his classic Music for 18 Musicians. 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

uPhase+ Lets You Improvise With Phased Sequences

Developer Gregorio Zanon has announced uPhase+ – a new app for iOS that’s designed to let you improvise with phased sequences.

As shown in the above demo, uPhase lets you play sequences of different lengths against each other, creating complex patterns. This type of canonical phasing is a key element in Steve Reich’s early electronic and acoustic work.

To make things even more interesting, uPhase+ lets you distribute your sequences over a collection of networked iOS devices.

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