Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Steve Reich

Steve Reich is probably best known for Music For 18 Musicians, the piece that established him as a genius and a true innovator in minimalism. His Early Works (haha get it) are much more stripped down, often relying on tape loops going out of sync with each other, a process he called "phasing". He developed this idea after It's Gonna Rain and Come Out, and instead of having tape loops be the instruments, he wrote for pianos (Piano Phase) and for hands (Clapping Music). While it may not seem like a lot is going on here, it was groundbreaking, and kind of meditative.


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