Thursday, August 19, 2010

studio four: different trains. steve reich, by roger sutherland

"systems music":
represents process, little variation of pitch, rythm, etc.

the emhpasis is on the texture rather than intricate composition. this technique is also observed in arvo paert's work.

heavily influenced by non-western musical traditions. in reich's case, balinese and ghanian music.

reich went through a very long process of experimentation until he found his musical language.

even though reich's works sounds very subtle to the ear, they have a complex structure underneath.

different trains, performed by the kronos quartet (who also perform many of arvo paert's works)

in different trains reich interprets everyday speech into music.

reich's work reflect his experience in ghana, and his jewish background.

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